Winners and losers from the last month…
SCANDAL: It’s the little show that could! After an underwhelming first season last Spring that left the show on the ratings bubble, Scandal has been steadily building over the Fall – and hitting season highs.
Now in the New Year, Scandal has most definitely found its feet – hitting well over 8 million viewers and a juicy 2.8 in the 18-49 rating earlier in the month. That’s only slightly down on the show’s Grey’s Anatomy lead in – meaning Scandal has become a bona fide hit that’s able to stand on its own two feet. Heck – even the show’s REPEATS are rating well (5.57 million and a 1.7 demo is better than a lot of original network dramas are able to manage.)
Credit show creator Shonda Rhimes who knows how to fashion a true cliffhanger. Scandal’s assassination plot – and the ensuing fallout – has made Scandal a genuine water-cooler show. The show’s certainly not on the bubble any longer – and ABC’s Thursday nights are now a lot stronger (if only they could fix the 8pm slot!)
They’ve survived the blackout, 15 years without power and the murderous Monroe regime but the stars of Revolution are about to face their toughest opponent to date – NBC’s scheduling department…
Yep, that’s right – on November 26th Revolution will air its final Fall episode and then will go off the air for a full 4 months – not returning until March 25th 2013!
The reason for the delay? Well NBC wants to run Revolution in consecutive chunks without missing weeks for repeats. Plus if the show comes back in March it will keep its valuable Voice lead in. If the show were to come back in January it would be essentially standing on its own which could be disastrous for a fledgling drama still finding its feet. NBC argue they’re taking a cue from cable dramas like The Walking Dead, which split their seasons into two chunks, one airing in the Fall, the other early in the New Year. According to the network Revolution will be fine!
Okay – makes sense on paper – but here’s the reality. High concept broadcast shows that go on hiatus rarely return in good shape. Flash Forward took a similar 4 month break and never made More >
We’re now well into the third season of AMC’s zombie blockbuster, The Walking Dead, and boy, what a season it’s been so far! Each episode has felt like a season finale and we’ve already had plenty of shockers along the way. All of which adds up to one seriously terrific show.
But the influence of The Walking Dead goes deeper than just an entertaining TV series. The AMC series is actually changing TV is some pretty interesting ways.
Here’s 3 examples:
Cable TV Is Bigger Than Broadcast: When Season 3 of the Walking Dead launched in mid-October the show pulled in 10.87 million viewers – the highest rating ever for a cable series – and enough to put the show firmly in the Broadcast Top 20. That said The Walking Dead is still beaten by shows like NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and The Voice in total viewers.
Okay – but then look at the demo number. All advertisers care about is adults 18-49. It’s how ad rates are gauged and it’s how networks make money. These demos are far more important that total viewers which frankly don’t really matter all that much. Having millions of people 50+ watching your show More >
The Fall 2012 TV season is now in full swing – but there’s just one thing missing. The hits? Where are they?
Fall 2011 wasn’t a sterling TV season but it did give birth to some key network shows. Once Upon A Time was an instant hit that stayed strong throughout its first season. Person Of Interest also opened big and interestingly grew in buzz and ratings as it neared its season 1 finale. 2 Broke Girls was a decent Monday night performer for CBS and ABC’s Revenge finally helped the network shake its Wednesday at 10pm curse. And Grimm was the little show that could, actually doing decent business in the Friday night dead zone.
Fast-forward 12 months and yikes – it’s not looking good!
As always there have been a batch of instant, out of the gate bombs: The Mob Doctor, Made In Jersey and Partners – all of which are not long for this world. After decent starts Go On and The New Normal are fading fast, as are fellow NBC sitcoms Animal Practice and Guys With Kids. And Ben And Kate and The Mindy Project have been killed in the Tuesday night comedy crossfire.More >
I’ve certainly got my fair share of things wrong here at Remote Patrolled!
I thought The Voice would bomb and didn’t hold out much hope for Once Upon A Time either. And of course I predicted The X Factor USA would be an American Idol style hit!
That said I’ve also been proven right many times – especially in my Coming Soon posts where my batting average is pretty darn good. Which brings me to the 2012 Fall TV Season and a little prediction I made about 18 months ago.
At the time I was writing about CBS whose Fall 2011 slate was as dreary as can be – an endless mix of procedurals and lame comedies (remember Rob!) But at the time CBS was riding high in the ratings – consistently number one in total viewers with monster hits like NCIS, Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. What did they care if their new shows were already feeling stale?
Well in the same piece I argued that the network was in real danger of becoming over-complacent. Its stable of hit shows were aging fast. Its audience was only getting older. And I didn’t see any real new hits on the way.More >
The Fall 2012 TV season has barely started and already we have our first two casualties of the season!
Yep if you’re liking Fox’s The Mob Doctor and CBS’s Partners I wouldn’t get too attached to them as frankly they’re not long for this world!
The Mob Doctor launched last week with just 5.11 million viewers in week one, before slumping to 3.85 million this week. That’s so pitiful I wouldn’t be surprised to see the show axed before this posting goes live.
Then there’s Partners which has already exposed a mighty hole in the once formidable CBS Monday night line-up. The gay themed comedy (which I personally thought was pitiful) pulled in just 6.56 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 share. To put that in perspective, How I Met Your Mother half an hour earlier scored 8.84 million (and a 3.6 share) and 2 Broke Girls straight after soared to 10.14 million (and a 3.7). Talk about a weak link! Hmm, maybe CBS shouldn’t have moved Two And A Half Men to Thursday nights after all?
Speaking bluntly, anyone who knows anything about TV knows both shows are already dead – it’s just a question of how much longer their networks will let More >
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Ratings Roundups here on the site – my production work has kept me plenty busy over the last few weeks! But in the meantime there’s been lots of ups and downs in the ratings world – so here’s who’s on top this week – and who’s struggling from the last 7 days…
GAME OF THRONES: It was a tough week for the broadcast networks – once again – so let’s head over to cable where the real action seems to he happening!
I’ve already commented on how crazy a night Sunday has become in the cable world – and the undisputed king seems to be Game Of Thrones, the bloodthirsty fantasy drama that’s truly found its ratings feet in Season 2.
Yes, for most Thrones’ first season the ratings hovered around the 2.5 million mark, squeaking up to 3 million for the season 1 finale. But Season 2 has come back stronger than ever – AND rock steady.
For the first 3 episodes of Season 2, Game Of Thrones has pulled in 3.86, 3.76 and 3.77 million viewers respectively, topping the Sunday night ratings and proving to be HBO’s biggest hit since True Blood. Not surprisingly HBO have More >
GRIMM: A tough week all round for the broadcast networks as the 2012 slumps continue…
It’s been hard to pick ANY winners this week, but at a push I’d go for Grimm, one of the few new shows for NBC that hasn’t been a total disaster from the get go.
On Friday nights Grimm is holding its own, this week pulling in 5.58 million viewers (in preliminary figures) and a 1.7 18-49 share.
No one’s going to be doing cartwheels over those numbers but for Friday nights those are decent figures and actually BETTER than many of the ratings NBC is pulling in better slots across the week. Yep the network really is in that bad a shape.
And now onto the losers… and boy are there lots!
What a season it’s been for American Idol so far this year!
How so? Well aside from a scene featuring a contestant falling off the stage, Season 11 of the long running music competition show has been notable for one key factor – it’s almost total lack of buzz!
So far this season there hasn’t been a single contestant who’s made headlines in the way that the likes of Pia and Casey did last year, or even a terrible contestant like William Hung did several seasons ago.
The fact is NO ONE is talking about Idol this year, and this total lack of buzz is reflected in the show’s ratings. Put simply, Idol is in freefall.
I’ve already commented on Idol’s 2012 slippage in an earlier post back in January, but since then Idol has only fallen further. On Thursday night last week, Idol pulled in ‘just’ 15.64 million viewers and a 4.5 18-49 share. Wow!
Seriously, have you seen the ratings for The CW this year?
If you think NBC is in trouble – and believe me they’re in deep doo dah at the moment – their problems pale in comparison to The CW…
The 2011-12 season has been an absolute disaster zone for the network. There’s the freshmen series that have been anything but fresh in the ratings. H8R was cancelled after just four episodes. Hart Of Dixie is stuck around the 1.5 million viewers mark – and generates virtually zero buzz or publicity. The Secret Circle pales in comparison to the The Vampire Diaries. Great big hope Ringer has been losing viewers at a truly horrible rate since its ridiculous holiday hiatus (after premiering with 2.84 million viewers, Ringer recently fell to just 1.10 million a couple of weeks ago). And let’s not even get into the ill -conceived Remodeled which never even got off the starting block!