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.

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