Bake Your Heart Out Season 2 Episode 11 - Celebrity Survivor

Bake Your Heart Out Season 2, Episode 11
Celebrity Survivor

Summer Renew/Cancel Week 19: Holey Moley Upgraded Again

The summer is just about over, and there is just one summer renew/cancel left after this one. As for now, keep on reading to see what I have to say about the recently-concluded Holey Moley.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/16/20: Archer Returns Ahead of Season 10 Average, Tucker Carlson Leads in Viewers as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Tops 18-49 Demo

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/16/20. Items of note include the season premiere of Archer on FXX, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS.(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

ABC Updates Fall 2020 Schedule (UPDATED with Drama Premieres)

ABC has followed CBS's lead, announcing tweaks to its fall programming schedule as scripted programs are delayed due to COVID-19. In addition, premiere dates for previously-scheduled programs have been announced.

Wednesday TV Ratings 9/16/20: Academy of Country Music Awards Drop Harshly but Wins the Night, Notre Dame Special Flops


Stumptown Canceled, Reversing Prior Renewal

Even with the show's prior renewal, Cobie Smulders' Dex Parios won't be appearing on ABC next season, as Stumptown has been canceled after one season. It's said that the show's big delays in production due to the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the decision. It will instead be shopped to other networks. Despite heavy promotion, the show was one of the lowest-rated scripted programs on the network this season. It premiered to a so-so 0.7 and went as low as 0.4 in its eighteen episodes. Despite this, Stumptown was a solid performer in delayed and streaming viewing, which put the show on the bubble. In the end, that wasn't enough to save it. Alongside Smulders, the show features Camryn Manheim, Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, and Tantoo Cardinal in main roles. You can find the ratings for Stumptown here.

Rebel Ordered to Series by ABC

Rebel has been ordered to series by ABC. The legal drama centers on Annie "Rebel" Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. This funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost. It is based on the life of Erin Brockovich, and Brockovich is attached as a producer. Katey Sagal is signed on to star alongside Andy Garcia, John Corbett, James Lesure, Tamala Jones, Lex Scott Davis and Ariela Barer.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/15/20: NBA Playoffs Continue to Dominate, Tucker Carlson and Hannity Round Out Top 5 as NHL Also Scores, CNN Mostly Rebounds, Morning Joe Jumps

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/1/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and NHL on NBCSN.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/15/20: Trump Town Hall Does Decently, Transplant Rises After Down AGT, Big Brother Leads on Special Night (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Self-proclaimed "ratings machine" President Donald Trump sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos for a special 90-minute town hall and delivered a pretty respectable 0.6 A18-49 rating. Trump stuck to his word regarding his ability to conjure up Nielsens by doubling the 'Modern Family' repeat (0.3) that came before it. After the Trump town hall came a 10:30pm repeat of 'The Conners' (0.3) that shed half its lead-in. Considering the president's rosy history with Roseanne Barr, it probably wasn't the best scheduling move to have the Barr-less spinoff lead out of a program featuring the Donald. 

While Trump pulled solid numbers, it was 'Big Brother' (1.0) that once more took the top spot of the night. The CBS program shed a tenth from its last episode but continues to be of the few shows to consistently pull ratings in this vicinity. 'Love Island' (0.5) gained a precious tenth at 9pm but a 10pm repeat of 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.2) fell dramatically from there. 

NBC received a welcome surprise as new drama 'Transplant' (0.5) actually gained a tenth in its third week. It managed to do so even as its 'America's Got Talent' lead-in (0.7) lost a tenth. This definitely puts 'Transplant' in a far better position than it was two weeks ago. Fox remained in repeat-mode with 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.3) and 'Prodigal Son' (0.2). The CW had steady editions of 'Dead Pixels' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1).

Finals Update: Big Brother (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of The Conners (-0.1) adjusted down.

Fox Renew/Cancel #0 [2020-21]: A Look Ahead & Pre-Season Predictions

 Predictions for 9/15/20

Photo Credit: Fox TV. 

Welcome to the first Fox renew/cancel post of the 2020-21 television season. With most scripted shows on the Fox network debuting in a week or two, here's a look at what their chances of returning for another season are. 


Certain Cancel

Likely Cancel 


Likely Renewal

Certain Renewal 


Cosmos: Possible Worlds (Ended)

L.A.’s Finest

Bless the Harts

Family Guy


Filthy Rich

Bob’s Burgers





The Simpsons















The Cartoons (Simpsons, Bob's, Harts, Fam Guy): Of the handful of scripted shows debuting in September and October, a solid half are part of the longtime "Animation Domination" block. Although it's very clear that The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers have seen better days, there is little reason to believe they are in any danger of being on the chopping block. All three have been on the network for at least a full decade and continue to pull passable Nielsen ratings. Barring an unprecedented viewership decline or outside factors coming into play, these toons will continue to capitalize on the NFL boost in the fall months and remain in decent territory without that assistance. They all begin in the "Certain Renewal" category. 

Sophomore animated sitcom Bless the Harts starts one notch below the veterans in the "Likely Renewal" section. The Kristen Wiig series consistently under-performed in fall 2019, barely ever retaining more than 50% of its Simpsons lead-in on nights when a football overrun boosted the lineup. But while its ratings are far from solid, Fox seems determined to grow their portfolio in the animation industry. This is evident by the fact that they renewed another low-rated cartoon sitcom (Duncanville) and even handed a second season to one that has yet to air an episode (The Great North). Taking that into account, it's unlikely they would want to get rid of 'Bless the Harts' so soon. But until we see how it performs this time around, 'Harts' will remain a likely (but not certain) renewal. 

The Newbies (Next, Filthy Rich, LA's Finest): The three new dramas premiering on the Fox network all begin in the "Tossup" category. There's no way to tell if Filthy Rich, Next, and LA's Finest will surprise or disappoint until they debut on their respective air-dates. Until then, they all remain in limbo. 

Cosmos: Possible Worlds: Originally set to air in the spring of 2019, Cosmos: Possible Worlds was delayed indefinitely after sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Now that Tyson has been cleared of those charges, the series will finally debut over a year later in fall 2020. Considering it has already aired on the National Geographic network, it's difficult to figure out how to deal with this one's status. Given that 'Cosmos' came out in March 2014 and then went off the air for half a decade, there's no telling if those working on the program will decide to continue to produce 'Cosmos' or end the series here. To put it bluntly, 'Cosmos' seems more like a special event series than a traditional one that has its fate determined by mid-May. For that reason, it resides in the "Cancelled" section with the clarification that it has technically completed its run beforehand. We may see another iteration of 'Cosmos' in the future but there's no telling when or where. It's possible that Fox may not have even aired this in a world without Covid-19 but simply needed prerecorded programming to fill up the schedule because of the pandemic. 

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United We Fall Canceled by ABC

United We Fall has, well, fallen. The rookie sitcom has been canceled by ABC after a single season. It was a solid-enough performer for ABC and kept the lights on during the low-rated summer. The show averaged a 0.5 in its eight episodes, but wasn't owned by ABC and was clearly not a network favorite. The show premiered on July 15 and ended on August 26, 2020. The show starred Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin and Guillermo Diaz. This was a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/14/20: American Dad! Down for 300th Episode, NFL Monday Night Football and Halloween Baking Championship Open Down from 2019 Starts, We Are Who We Are and The Third Day Bomb

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/14/20. Items of note include the 300th episode of American Dad! on TBS, the miniseries premiere of We Are Who We Are on HBO, and the premiere of Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network.
(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/13/20: Halloween Wars Starts Heavily Down, NBA Playoffs Go Low vs. NFL, Lovecraft Country Rises, MLB Has OK Result

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/13/20. Items of note include the season premiere of Halloween Wars on Food Network, Power Book II: Ghost on Starz, and Lovecraft Country on HBO.
(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Saturday Cable Ratings 9/12/20: Coastal Elites Flops, NBA Playoffs Remain Dominant, Judge Jeanine Rises, Amphibia and Big City Greens Steady After Week Off

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/12/20. Items of note include the movie premiere of Coastal Elites on HBO, Amphibia on Disney Channel, and the NBA Playoffs on ESPN.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday TV Ratings 9/14/20: Dancing with Stars Returns Strong with Contestant Carole Baskin, American Ninja Warrior and Love Island Drop (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The first fall season premiere made its way onto the airwaves last night in incredibly solid fashion. The 29th season premiere of ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' managed a robust 1.3 rating, going a whopping three-tenths above its fall 2019 starting point (1.0). On top of that, the longtime reality series actually beat out every single rating from last season. One would have to go back to 2017 to find an episode with a higher rating than this one. Dropping Tom Bergeron as host in favor of Tyra Banks was definitely a controversial move but it seems like viewers were still intrigued enough to tune in. Although 'Dancing' scored a major win, the 'Vote or Miss Out' special (0.4) that came after it completely squandered that sturdy lead-in. 

Over on NBC, a disappointing season of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5) got even worse in week 2. The series shed a tenth from last week's miserable start and continues to trail what it was doing last year. 'Dateline' (0.4) also lost a tenth from its last episode at 10. CBS's 'Love Island' (0.4) fell a tick from its Sunday episode surrounded by repeats of 'The Neighborhood' (0.4), 'Young Sheldon' (0.3), and 'Bull' (0.4). Fox went with the 2016 film 'Patriots Day' (0.3) and got the same result as week-ago 'Draft Day'. The CW performed well enough by its standards with repeats of 'Whose Line' (0.2/0.2) and 'Penn & Teller' (0.2).

Finals Update: Repeats of Whose Line? (-0.1 each) and Penn & Teller: Fool Us (-0.1) adjusted down.

Friday Cable Ratings 9/11/20: NBA Playoffs Dominate, Tucker Carlson and NHL Round Out Nightly Top 5

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/11/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and 9/11 specials on History.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Frances in the Kitchen Season 1 Episode 5 - Michigan in the Kitchen

Frances in the Kitchen Season 1, Episode 5
Michigan in the Kitchen

Cable Renew/Cancel - TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central & FXX: TBS’s Move to Reality is an Unmitigated Disaster - Plus, COVID Spurs Multiple Downgrades

We went all summer without a Renew/Cancel for TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central and FXX, and it's really about time there's an update. TBS has been busy rolling out a new programming strategy, while other networks have been busy canceling shows. Keep reading to see where the TBS newbies land initially, and which shows are being downgraded thanks to the COVID crisis.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Renewed for Three Seasons

HBO's acclaimed late night comedy program Last Week Tonight, hosted by John Oliver, has been picked up for three more seasons. This pickup will week it on the air through a tenth season in 2023. This is not an unusual length for a pickup for the show - when it was last renewed in 2017, the pickup was also for three seasons, which brought it through the current seventh season. Over the course of its run, Last Week Tonight has amassed sixteen Emmy victories and it's nominated for a further nine awards this year alone. Oliver's show debuted in 2014 and aired over two hundred episodes, and has been a strong ratings performer since. This season, the show averaged a 0.22, larger than just about every show that has aired before it and making it one of HBO's highest-rated shows. You can see the full ratings for season seven below:

Sunday TV Rating 9/13/20: Masked Singer Preview Rises from 2019, Sunday Night Football Down from 2019 Start (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: As the fall season slowly starts to creep in, Fox rolled out a preview special of the upcoming season of 'The Masked Singer' (1.3). It was just a tenth below what the sneak peek managed in 2019 (1.4) but also had a slightly stronger lead-in from The OT then the year prior (4.0 vs. 3.7). The NFL lead-in juice trickled away as the night went on with a 9pm Fall preview (0.6) retaining less than half of 'Singer'. But the 9:30 'Family Guy' repeat (0.4) was a notch higher than usual. 

Fox's 'NFL Overrun' (4.9) ended up matching the 'Cowboys v. Rams' game (4.9) over on NBC for the top spot of the night. The peacock network started their night with a solid 'Football Night in America' (1.8). Likely boosted by football overrun, CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.9) went a whopping four-tenths above its last original. Lead-out 'Big Brother' (1.0) was also two-tenths above last Sunday's data point. And 'Love Island' (0.5) improved a bit from last Sunday but held steady with its Friday rating. 

The networks not boosted by the NFL stayed in fairly tepid territory. ABC had a trio of 0.4s with 'AFV' and game show repeats. 'Match Game' (0.3) once more deviated from the pack with a 10pm repeat. The CW's 'Fridge Wars' (0.1) held even and led into a 'Supernatural' repeat (0.1).

Finals Update: NFL Overrun (+3.0), Big Brother (+0.1) and The Masked Singer Sneak Peek (+0.3) adjusted up. 60 Minutes (-0.1) and The OT (-0.1) adjusted down.

Bar Exam Season 2 Episode 11: Orders

Saturday TV Ratings 9/12/20: College Football Opens on Top, 48 Hours Returns Low Behind Love Island: More to Love, NHL Beats MLB for Second Place (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After NBC dominated last week with NHL hockey, ABC took the lead last night with the Clemson v. Wake Forest college football game (0.7). The peacock network themselves trailed with their 'Golden Knights v. Stars' game (0.4) and fell dramatically from what their hockey game managed a week prior (0.9). Fox was a hair behind with MLB Baseball (0.3). CBS went with a repeat of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.2) and an incredibly dismal 'Love Island' special (0.1). That was followed by a feeble season premiere of '48 Hours' (0.2).

Finals Update: College Football: Clemson v. Wake Forest (+0.2) adjusted up.

The Bullpen Season 3 Episode 11: Bullpen Reunion

Friday TV Ratings 9/11/20: 9/11 Remembered Special Performs Modestly, Love Island and 20/20 Rise (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: It was a slightly more interesting Friday evening for broadcast as ABC swapped out 'Shark Tank' repeats in favor of a '9/11 Remembered' special (0.3). The telecast was a hair below the usual 'Shark Tank' encore but still did okay by Friday summer standards. That says more about how far Nielsen ratings have fallen then the actual strength of the special in question. But there was brighter news for the alphabet network later in the night as '20/20' (0.5) enjoyed a three-tenth spike when compared to its last original. 

CBS's 'Love Island' (0.5) somehow managed to rise a tenth to a new season high despite being sandwiched between mediocre encores of 'MacGyver' (0.4) and 'Blue Bloods' (0.3). It's quite surprising that it can do better with a repeat lead-in than a 1.0+ 'Big Brother' but it goes to show that the series is likely lead-in independent. 

Fox remained unmatched as the Friday night champion with a steady 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6). NBC's 'Dateline' (0.4) ticked up after an 'America's Got Talent' repeat (0.3). And another double-pump of the CW's 'Being Reuben' (0.0/0.0) was stable with last week but was once more outperformed by repeats of 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1/0.1) that aired before.

Finals Update: 9/11 Remembered (+0.1) and 20/20 (+0.1) adjusted up.

Put Me In Season 2 Episode 11: Mistreated

CNN Continues To Look Bad In The Ratings As President Trump’s Interview Tops The Week In Most Important Metric

Thursday Cable Ratings 9/10/20: Tucker Carlson Leads in Viewers, NBA Playoffs Drop Versus NFL

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/3/20. Items of note include NBA Playoffs on TNT, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Lost Resort on TBS.
(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)