Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TV Ratings Notes For Monday, January 28, 2013: The Following (FOX) and Deception (NBC)

It's follow up week for The Following.  Did the cult grow, or were there losses?  We also get to welcome a new show to the list you don't want to be on.

The Following (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

9.96 million Overall Viewers
3.3/8 in the 18-49 Demo

Oh, hey, look, FOX appears to have a hit!  Of course, it's a disturbing show about a cult of serial killers, led by a former Literature Professor with an obsession with Edgar Allen Poe.  I always thought those classes were kind of boring, so it's nice to know that someone is out there who can engage his students to rise above just reading books.  Way to go, FOX, your biggest hit scripted shows, over the last decade or so, are or were about torture, a brilliant a-hole Doctor addicted to pain meds, and now a serial killer with a cult following.  Nicely done...nicely done...

I shudder to think of what's next.

Deception (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

3.75 million Overall Viewers
1.3/3 in the 18-49 Demo

My wife and I came up with the perfect solution to watching this show.  We're only going to watch the finale (if it makes it that far).  It's amazing how a show that could easily be wrapped up in a typical procedural hour has managed to turn itself into a half season of television.  This only works when a show is good, like Damages, Tate Donovan's last show.  The show finished second in its slot, against reruns.  Hey, at least it beat Hawaii Five-O's rerun.  I can't believe there are people who actually watch Hawaii Five-O reruns, since once is enough.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FOX Breaks Up With A Comedy On Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Are there any fans of this show?  If so, searches should bring them to this blog post.  Ben and Kate has been yanked from the schedule, and Raising Hope will be expanded to one hour worth of programming.  For more information on this, and the new Tuesday schedule, you can read the full story at TV by the Numbers, here.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ABC Yanks A Show From Its Schedule January 22, 2013

For the few fans left of Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, it's time to find a new show.  ABC has yanked it from the schedule, and will instead run back to back episodes of Happy Endings.  The only surprise is that it took this long.  Too bad the show started sucking this season, as it did have potential.  Thanks for reading.

TV Ratings Notes For Monday, January 21, 2013: The Following (FOX) and Deception (NBC)

The highly promoted, The Following, FOX's one ray of hope in the drama landscape, finally premiered last night.  Of course, the subject matter is disturbing, and it is hardly the kind of material a network would want as its flagship scripted drama.  However, based on the premiere, that's likely how it's going to go for them.  LOL FOX, I guess.

The Following (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

10.38 million Overall Viewers
3.1/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Those are pretty outstanding numbers for the premiere of The Following.  The problem, of course, is that we've seen these kind of numbers for most of the "good" premieres for FOX over the last couple of seasons.  I'm pretty sure both Touch and Alcatraz got pretty close to, or beat, these numbers, and we know what happened to them. 

Last night, I watched the long trailer, after watching the episode, and the trailer hit all the proper beats, tones, etc., so if people came to the show because of that trailer, it's not likely they'll leave.  There was one very disturbing scene (in addition to several other slightly less disturbing scenes), a place they shouldn't have gone, that could easily polarize a good portion of the audience from watching future episodes.  I'll be very interested to see how the show does in the coming weeks.  It was a solid Pilot, and I'll most likely be watching it for the duration.  A lot of series have let us down, after the Pilot, recently (Last Resort, anyone?), but I don't think this will suffer the same fate.  It felt to me like the future has been thought out at least as thoroughly as Alcatraz's was, and that's easily considered a strong positive for the show.  The subject matter is not appealing, but it's a show worth checking out if you can handle the content.

Deception (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

3.61 million Overall Viewers
1.3/3 in the 18-49 Demo

It's decision time for me with the show, and it looks like many other people already made their decisions, as the show continues to hemorrhage viewers.  My wife and I decided that if we don't like last night's episode, we're quitting the show.  The show looks really nice, but it's so damn boring, we really don't think we're going to stick with it.  So, it's on the clock for us, and we'll be watching it tonight to see the verdict.  As for its renewal prospects, they're gone.  The show is dead.  Love up on it while you can.  It didn't look like a good premise, to start with, and it's lived up to those expectations.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, January 18, 2013

TV Ratings Notes Week Of January 13-18, 2013: Happy Endings (ABC), Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 (ABC), Deception (NBC), Go On (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Last Resort (ABC), Parks and Recreation (NBC) and 1600 Penn (NBC)

Well, well, well, you haven't seen me do one of these in awhile, have you?  I haven't been that interested in writing lately, which can be taken as a plus or minus, depending on your perspective.  We've had a couple of new shows hit the airwaves, in the past couple of weeks, and a few others returned from their mid-season breaks.  We even have an experimental programming block over at ABC on Sundays from 10-11pm ET.  I'll get to all of that below, and I will even be adding another show to the list you do not want to be on.

Happy Endings (ABC, Sundays at 10pm ET and Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

2.07 million Overall Viewers (Sunday)
0.9/2 in the 18-49 Demo

3.05 million Overall Viewers (Tuesday)
1.3/3 in the 18-49 Demo

I guess the viewers of this show didn't get the memo that the show has taken the train the Burnoffville.  It seems hard to believe that 1 million fewer people who watch this show, on Tuesdays, don't seem to know that it's airing in this slot, or don't care.  Tuesday is a very strong night for comedy, and ABC has tried to give the two shows I'm talking about right now every opportunity to succeed.  Unfortunately, for these shows, they are failures.  Cue Matthew Perry's Dracula laugh at Happy Endings (the show that got chosen over his last show), over its sure demise, while his new show is going...well...it will get renewed.

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC, Sundays at 10:30pm ET and Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

1.76 million Overall Viewers (Sunday)
0.8/2 in the 18-49 Demo

2.73 million Overall Viewers (Tuesday)
1.1/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Even though the quality of the last couple of episodes is up very slightly, it's too late for you, sucka!

Deception (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

4.14 million Overall Viewers
1.6/4 in the 18-49 Demo

The show had an okay premiere, ratings wise (2.0 in the 18-49 demo), but it's already started a pretty big drop.  If I had to describe the show to you, this is how I would do it.  It seems to take the worst parts of Revenge (ABC, Sundays at 9pm), and the worst parts of Arrow (The CW, Wednesdays at 8pm), and then tries to make you forget about that with the extremely high NBC house style production value.  The first episode was nothing better than okay.  The second episode was just plain boring.  I'm giving this one more episode to grab me, but my wife and I are pretty ready to check out, already.  The only props I will give it is that it has already used several actors who have guested on Person of Interest (CBS, Thursdays at 9pm).

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

4.45 million Overall Viewers
1.7/4 in the 18-49 Demo

I am confirmed mad.  I am mad at the ratings drop, and I am mad at a character loss.  I'm just going to bring up the elephant in the room.  In the Pilot, there were three African-American characters (Don played by Khary Payton, George played by Bill Cobbs, and Owen played by Tyler James Williams) in the support group.  All of the characters worked great in the support group, and there was no real reason to make a change.  However, Don was a casualty of re-tooling after the Pilot, which isn't too uncommon.  Then, a few episodes in George (the blind guy), played by the great Bill Cobbs, just starts disappearing.  Maybe they didn't think anyone would notice, but I liked the character, and love the guy playing the character.  At some point, a main title was made for the show, and Bill is nowhere to be found in it.  In the first episode of the mid-season run, Owen was there, but in the last one he was not.  WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE???!!!!?????  Fausta and Yolanda better watch their backs.  This is bad re-tooling, NBC...BAD.

To make matters worse, the Comcast shilling just never seems to stop on NBC shows.  This show has even been infected over the last two episodes.  First, we have the Bob Costas episode (yawn about Costas, though the episode had some good moments, and it was nice seeing Rich Eisen off the NFL Network), and second we have Carrie and Ryan as girlfriends watching Comcast owned Desperate Housewives of Some Unknown City.  This is really bad, and hurts NBC's brand.  There's a reason those shows are on cable.  Their fans know they are there.  I am not interested in other shows I don't want to watch being shown in shows that I do watch.  Go On is a good show, but bad decision making is really hurting this show.  Bring back Owen, and stop cutting characters in hopes that we won't notice.  I really wish they would bring Bill Cobbs back, but I guess that won't be happening.

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.33 million Overall Viewers
1.4/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Cue the Jaws theme.  This is two straight weeks where this show's ratings have been below the bubble line.  It might not be in trouble, yet, but fans should begin to get concerned.  Oh yeah, Comcast didn't miss another shilling opportunity, when they had the star of Comcast owned USA Network's, White Collar, as a guest star.  Cross promotion sucks, unless it's done really well.  I don't watch the show, so I don't know how well it was done.  Sadly, even Person of Interest fell into that with the very lazily added Victoria's Secret model storyline, last week.  I don't know about you, but seeing other people's stuff, or knowing that cross promotion is playing a factor, just takes me out of a show's story.  Like product placement, if you do it well, it's not a big deal.  If you don't, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

5.01 million Overall Viewers
1.0/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Terrible show with terrible ratings.  Moving on.

Parks and Recreation (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

3.89 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm so glad to see that Parks and Recreation has returned to the 8:30pm slot well.  I don't think it will hold these numbers over the coming weeks, but I think it's pretty much certain to get renewed.  NBC will need to holdover one more "quirky" comedy to next season.  Maybe, just maybe (provided the fans arrive for this season), it will be Community.  I would even be quite fine with the idea of those shows moving to the 8pm hour on Friday nights.

1600 Penn (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.04 million Overall Viewers
1.2/3 in the 18-49 Demo

How to make a show succeed:

1.  Give it the highest rated show as its lead in.  Check
2.  Give it a good budget.  Check
3.  Give it a high production value.  Check
4.  Fill it with capable actors.  Check

NBC did all this for 1600 Penn, and, guess what, it's failing miserably.  When watching the Pilot, my initial "note" was cut the kid out.  He's really annoying.  Then I saw the main title for the show, for the second episode, and found out the guy I wanted to cut out created the show.  LOL...I guess.  So, as long as this show is on the air, I'll have to tolerate the idiot son making a feel good story out of everything.  NBC really wanted it to succeed, based on the factors I listed above, but the show doesn't really work, and the viewers have been dropping off like clumps of Walter White's hair right before he shaved his head.  Meanwhile, just enjoy it for how good it looks, because this show is being added to the list you don't want to be on.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RENEW/CANCEL NEWS: Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

I guess it's a slow news day or something, as I don't think I've dedicated even one word in my blog to Drop Dead Diva, so far.  However, I do have to say I have seen a bunch of episodes of the show, which features some of the most wretched gimmick casting in TV history.  Unfortunately, if you like the show, I have bad news for you.  It has been canceled.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


As reported elsewhere, Bones has been renewed for a 9th season.  Congrats to them!  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Mid-Season TV Schedule As Known So Far

I have to do nothing but give credit to Kelly West over at Cinema Blend for this list.  It's been pretty hard to find an accurate listing of when everything is returning, and this is the best one I've seen, so far, even though it also has several inaccuracies.  She did forget to add Person of Interest's (CBS) return last Thursday, so shame on her for that. ;)  She also didn't have Elementary's return date on the same night, but that's not as egregious of an oversight as Person of Interest's was.

If you'd like to see Kelly's full post, you can read it here.  Here are the premiere dates she listed*, and hopefully you will find it of some use.  Thanks for reading.

*I'm re-formatting the list, slightly, to fix a few things and add others.  I will also only be including scripted television shows, as my blog doesn't care or report about reality TV.

***All Times Are Eastern Standard Time***

Tuesday, January 1
10:00-11:00 PM - Parenthood - NBC

Wednesday, January 2
8:00-8:30 PM - Whitney - NBC
8:30-9:00 PM - Guys with Kids - NBC
9:00-10:00 PM - Law & Order: SVU - NBC
10:00-11:00 PM - Chicago Fire - NBC
10:00-11:00 PM - American Horror Story: Asylum - FX

Thursday, January 3
8:00-8:30 PM - The Big Bang Theory - CBS
8:30-9:00 PM - Two and a Half Men - CBS
9:00-10:00 PM - Person of Interest - CBS
10:00-11:00 PM - Elementary - CBS

Friday, January 4
8:00-8:30 PM - Last Man Standing - ABC
8:30 -9:00 PM - Malibu Country - ABC
10:00-11:00 PM - Blue Bloods - CBS
10:00-11:00 PM - Merlin - Syfy

Sunday, January 6
8:00-9:00 PM - Once Upon a Time - ABC
8:00-8:30 PM - The Simpsons - Fox
8:30-9:00 PM - Bob's Burgers - Fox
9:00-9:30 PM - Family Guy - Fox
9:30-10:00 PM - American Dad - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - The Good Wife - CBS
10:00-10:30 PM - Happy Endings (airing Sundays and Tuesdays in Jan.) - ABC
10:30-11:00 PM - Don't Trust The B In Apt 23 (Sundays and Tuesdays in Jan.) - ABC
10:00-11:00 PM - The Mentalist - CBS
9:00-11:00 PM - Downton Abbey - PBS Masterpiece

Monday, January 7
8:00 - 9:00 PM - Switched At Birth - ABC Family
9:00-10:00 PM - The Mob Doctor - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - Bunheads - ABC Family
10:00-11:00 PM - Castle - ABC
10:00-11:00 PM - DECEPTION - NBC

Tuesday, January 8
8:00-9:00 PM -  NCIS - CBS
8:00-8:30 PM - Raising Hope - Fox
8:00-9:00 PM - Pretty Little Liars - ABC Family
8:30-9:00 PM - Ben and Kate - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - The Lying Game - ABC Family
9:00-9:30 PM - Go On - NBC
9:00-10:00 PM - NCIS: Los Angeles - CBS
9:00-9:30 PM - Happy Endings - ABC
9:30-10:00 PM - Don't Trust The B In Apt 23 - ABC
9:30-10:00 PM - The New Normal - NBC
9:00-9:30 PM - New Girl - Fox
9:30-10:00 PM - The Mindy Project - Fox
10:00-10:30 PM - Cougar Town - TBS
10:00-11:00 PM - Private Practice - ABC
10:00-11:00 PM - Vegas - CBS
10:00-11:00 PM - Justified - FX

Wednesday, January 9
8:00-8:30 PM - The Middle - ABC
8:30-9:00 PM - The Neighbors - ABC
9:00-10:00 PM - Modern Family - ABC
9:30-10:00 PM - Suburgatory - ABC
10:00-11:00 PM - Nashville - ABC

Thursday, January 10
8:00-9:00 PM - Last Resort - ABC
8:00-8:30 PM - 30 Rock - NBC
9:00-9:30 PM - The Office - NBC
9:00-10:00 PM - Grey's Anatomy - ABC
9:30-10:00 PM - 1600 PENN - NBC
10:00-11:00 PM - Scandal - ABC

Friday, January 11
9:00-10:00 PM - Fringe - Fox
10:00-11:00 PM - BANSHEE - Cinemax

Sunday, January 13
7:30-8:00 PM - The Cleveland Show - Fox
8:00-8:30 PM - The Simpsons - Fox
8:30-9:00 PM - Bob's Burgers - Fox
9:00-9:30 PM - Family Guy - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - Shameless - Showtime
9:00-9:30 PM - Girls - HBO
9:30-10:00 PM - American Dad - Fox
10:00-10:30 PM - House of Lies - Showtime
10:30-11:00 PM - Californication - Showtime

Monday, January 14
8:00-8:30 PM - How I Met Your Mother - CBS
9:00-9:30 PM - 2 Broke Girls - CBS
9:30-10:00 PM - Mike & Molly - CBS
8:00-9:00 PM - CONTINUUM - Syfy
8:00-9:00 PM - THE CARRIE DIARIES - The CW
8:00-10:00 PM - Bones (Two-Hour Winter Premiere) - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - Being Human - Syfy
10:00-11:00 PM - Hawaii Five-O - CBS
10:00-11:00 PM - Lost Girl - Syfy

Tuesday, January 15
8:00-9:00 PM Hart of Dixie - The CW
9:00-10:00 PM Emily Owens, MD - The CW

Wednesday, January 16
9:00-10:00 PM - Criminal Minds - CBS
10:00-11:00 PM - CSI:  Crime Scene Investigation - CBS
8:00-9:00 PM - Arrow - The CW
9:00-10:00 PM - Supernatural - The CW

Thursday, January 17
8:00-9:00 PM - The Vampire Diaries - The CW
8:00-9:00 PM - Haven - Syfy
8:30-9:00 PM - Parks and Recreation - NBC
10:00 PM - Archer FX
10:00-11:00 PM - Suits - USA

Friday, January 18
8:00-9:00 PM - Nikita - The CW
8:00-10:00 PM - Fringe (100th Episode and Two-Hour Series Finale) - Fox

Monday, January 21
9:00-10:00 PM - 90210 - The CW
8:00-9:00 PM - Bones - Fox
9:00-10:00 PM - THE FOLLOWING (Series Premiere) - Fox

Tuesday, January 22
10:00-11:00 PM - White Collar - USA

Wednesday, January 23
10:00-11:00 PM - Necessary Roughness - USA

Thursday, January 24
9:00-10:00 PM - Glee - Fox

Friday, January 25
9:00-10:00 PM - Spartacus: War of the Damned - Starz
9:00-10:00 PM - THE FOLLOWING (encore) - Fox

Monday, January 28
9:00-11:00 PM - Dallas - TNT

Wednesday, January 30
10:00-11:00 PM - THE AMERICANS - FX

Thursday, January 31
10:00-11:00 PM - DO NO HARM - NBC

Friday, February 1
House of Cards - Netflix 

Sunday, February 3
10:00-11:00 PM? - Elementary - CBS (Special post-Super Bowl airing, added by Chris Colley)

Monday, February 4
10:00-11:00 PM - MONDAY MORNINGS - TNT

Tuesday, February 5
9:00-11:00 PM - Smash - NBC

Thursday, February 7
8:00-8:30 PM - Community - NBC

Friday, February 8
8:00-10:00 PM - Touch (Two-Hour Season Premiere) - Fox

Sunday, February 10
9:00-10:00 PM - The Walking Dead - AMC

Wednesday, February 13
10:00-11:00 PM - Southland - TNT

Thursday, February 14
8:00-9:00 PM - Zero Hour - ABC

Tuesday, February 19
9:00-10:00 PM - CULT - The CW
10:00-11:00 PM- Body of Proof - ABC

Tuesday, February 26
10:00-11:00 PM - GOLDEN BOY - CBS

Wednesday, February 27
10:00-11:00 PM - Psych - USA

Sunday, March 3
9:00-11:00 PM - Red Widow - ABC

Tuesday, March 5
10:00-11:00 PM - GOLDEN BOY - CBS

Friday, March 8
9:00-10:00 PM - GOLDEN BOY - CBS
9:00-10:00 PM - Grimm - NBC

Sunday, March 10
10:00-11:00 PM - Red Widow (Regular Time Period Premiere) - ABC

Monday, March 18
10:00-11:00 PM - Bates Motel - A&E 

Monday, March 25
10:00-11:00 PM - Revolution - NBC

Sunday, March 31
Game of Thrones - HBO

Wednesday, April 3
8:30-9:00 PM - Suburgatory (New Time Period Premiere) - ABC
9:30-10:00 PM - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) - ABC

Thursday, April 4
10:00-11:00 PM - Hannibal - NBC
10:00-10:30 PM - Men At Work - TBS

Wednesday, May 1
8:30-9:00 PM - FAMILY TOOLS - ABC

Not Scheduled Yet
Breaking Bad - AMC/Summer 2013
Hell On Wheels - AMC
Graceland - USA/Summer 2013
The Moment - USA/April 2013
Royal Pains - USA/Summer 2013
Perception - TNT/Summer 2013
Major Crimes - TNT/Summer 2013
Sullivan & Son - TBS
The Big C - Showtime
Doctor Who - BBC America
DEFIANCE Syfy/April 2013
Warehouse 13 - Syfy/ April 2013
Melissa & Joey - ABC Family/ Spring 2013
Baby Daddy - ABC Family/Spring 2013
Masters of Sex - Showtime/Spring 2013
Ray Donovan - Showtime/Spring 2013
Da Vinci's Demons - Starz/Spring 2013
Friend Me - CBS
Dracula - NBC
Arrested Development - Netflix - (Reportedly May 4 but not confirmed by Netflix yet)
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