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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 12 Episode 13 Review

Red Rover, Red Rover is a children's game where one team calls for a member of the other team to come over and try to break through their ranks. If caught, they then form part of the opposition team and the game starts again. It is a very apt title for an episode in which Katya calls for Anna to be sent to her although in this version, the game is much more complex and deadly. Red Rover is a continuation of the last episode Can't Take My Eyes Off You, which aired a month ago. The obligatory recap serves as a reminder that Kapitan Gonchgarov was poisoned and Callen was accused of being a Russian asset by DOJ Special Agent Carlson. Callen later found Anna working with the Russian FSB agents to find Katya, who faked a defection, shot and kidnapped Joelle. Anna was arrested and Joelle's severed finger delivered to Callen. It is quite the recap and the race is on to rescue Joelle, make sure Arkady is safe and to apprehend Katya.

Friday TV Ratings 4/9/21: MacGyver Down After Cancellation, First-Place Shark Tank Rises

Preliminary Analysis: Fresh off its cancellation, CBS's 'MacGyver' (0.4) seemed to justify the network's decision. The 5th season drama not only lost a tenth but also tied its series low. 'Magnum PI' (0.5) was steady in the 9pm slot, but 'Blue Bloods' (0.5) came back down after last week's strong showing (0.65). The 'Blue Bloods' slippage meant that a rising 'Shark Tank' (0.7) was able to top the night unchallenged. ABC capped off their night with a stable, two-hour edition of 20/20 (0.5). On NBC, a repeat of 'The Blacklist' (0.3) wasn't far off from the rating of its week-ago original (0.36). Later in the evening, 'Dateline' (0.4) got back a tenth despite the smaller lead-in. Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) remained a solid offering and matched its previous broadcast. The CW had a batch of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' repeats (0.2/0.1) and an original 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.1).

Final numbers to come.

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The CW Renew/Cancel Part 4: Kung Fu Will Fight Another Season

The CW premiered a new show this week, at long last giving me something to discuss in this column after a lengthy drought. Keep reading to see my initial thoughts on Kung Fu.

Thursday Cable Ratings 4/8/21: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Returns Higher, Wipeout Stays Strong, NBA Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 4/8/21. Items of note include the premiere of Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform, Top Chef on Bravo, and Wipeout 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.)

Thursday TV Ratings 4/8/21: Rebel Off to Modest Start, Law & Order Shows See Big Drops but Remain Strong, United States of Al Steady (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After a monstrous crossover event, it was inevitable that 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.9) and the second episode of 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.8) would suffer steep declines. While the two programs fell by nearly 50% in the A18-49 demographic, they remain stronger than a good majority of broadcast dramas. 'SVU' in particular is still well above the 0.6s and 0.7s it was posting before the crossover. Earlier in the night, 'Manifest' (0.5) shed a tenth-and-a-half from its week-ago premiere (0.65). On ABC, 'Station 19' (0.7) lost a tenth as 'Grey's Anatomy' (0.9) held even. The latter led into the series premiere of Katy Sagal drama 'Rebel' (0.5). The Sagal series performed a good bit better than last week's 'A Million Little Things' (0.39) but that's still far from an encouraging starting point. CBS was steady across the board with comedies 'Young Sheldon' (0.7), 'United States of AI' (0.6), 'Mom' (0.6), and 'B Positive' (0.4). 10pm drama 'Clarice' (0.3) ticked up at the tail-end of the lineup. Fox's 'Last Man Standing' (0.4) moved to the 9pm slot for its final stretch of episodes but couldn't seem to benefit from the stronger 'Hell's Kitchen' lead-in (0.7). 'The Moodys' (0.3) remained in dismal territory at 9:30. 'Walker' (0.2) inched down on the CW and led into a stable 'Legacies' (0.1).

Finals Update: Station 19 (+0.1), Young Sheldon (+0.1) and B Positive (+0.1) adjusted up.

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 18: Law & Order: Organized Crime Organizes NBC’s Biggest Debut in Years

It was a big Thursday for NBC last week, with Chris Meloni making a heavily-buzzed return to the Law & Order franchise with a new spinoff, as well as Manifest making its third season debut. Keep reading to see my initial predictions for these two series.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/7/21: Queen of the South Returns Near Series Low, Snowfall Rises, The Challenge Edges Out NBA

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/7/21. Items of note include the final season premiere of Queen of the South on USA, NBA on ESPN, and Snowfall on FX.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/7/21: Home Economics Has OK Start, Kung Fu Solid for The CW, The Goldbergs and The Conners Rise (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC unveiled new comedy 'Home Economics' (0.5) at 8:30 in rather passable fashion. This rating was slightly above the week-ago 'American Housewife' finale (0.47) but a good bit behind its stable 'Goldbergs' lead-in (0.6) and rising 'Conners' lead-out (0.6/0.6). At 10, 'A Million Little Things' (0.4) made a seamless transition to Wednesday nights, tying its latest Thursday episode. NBC had a rough evening as 'Chicago Fire' (0.7) and 'Chicago PD' (0.7) each took alarming three-tenth dips. In comparison, 8pm anchor 'Chicago Med' (0.8) only lost a tenth. 'The Masked Singer' (1.1) ticked down on Fox but will likely get that tenth back after finals. 'Game of Talents' (0.6) was frozen at last week's number. CBS's 'Tough as Nails' (0.4) tied its previous installment, but 'SEAL Team' (0.4) and 'SWAT' (0.4) lost one-tenth and two-tenths respectively. On the CW, the series premiere of 'Kung Fu' (0.2) had a fairly respectable start by the network's standards. That momentum helped 'Nancy Drew' (0.1) rise from last week's horrid 0.0 preliminary rating.

Finals Update: 'The Goldbergs' (+0.1), 'Home Economics' (+0.1), both episodes of 'The Conners' (+0.1, +0.1), 'Chicago Fire' (+0.1), and 'Chicago PD' (+0.1) adjusted up.

MacGyver Canceled by CBS

CBS is saying farewell to yet another veteran series: MacGyver has been canceled after five seasons. The Friday staple has been an OK performer for the Tiffany Network throughout its run, but was never a hit for the network. It's the third veteran cancellation of the season, after comedy Mom and fellow procedural NCIS: New Orleans. The series fell near the middle of the CBS scripted ratings pack, rating as the #8 drama and #14 scripted series overall among 21 series. The show has averaged a 0.51 so far in season five, marking a 23% drop. The series was at the center of a lawsuit alleging that the plaintiffs were owed payments due to a deal made for the original MacGyver series from the 80s and 90s. It remains to be seen whether that lawsuit had anything to do with the cancellation, though the series was said to boast high production costs, only made higher in the age of COVID. MacGyver starred Lucas Till, Tristan Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick. The series finale will air April 30. It will be the fifteenth episode of the season and ninety-fourth overall.

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Fox Announces Summer Premiere Dates

Hours after ABC announced their summer lineup, Fox is following up with their own. The lineup will include the recently-renewed Duncanville, new animated comedy Housebroken, MasterChef and Mental Samurai. Below is the full list of dates:

Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/6/21: Chad Off to a Decent Start, Mayans MC and Queen Sugar Slip, Curse of Oak Island Tops NBA

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/6/21. Items of note include the series premiere of Chad on TBS, Mayans MC on FX, and Temptation Island on USA.

(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.) 

ABC Announces Summer Lineup, Renews The Hustler and The Chase

ABC has announced their summer lineup of game shows and reality programs. In addition to the schedule announcement, they've also announced renewals for Craig Ferguson-hosted game show The Hustler and the Sara Haines-hosted game show The Chase, which stars the competitors from Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time. Both series aired earlier this year on Thursdays and will air their second seasons this summer. The full list of summer premiere dates is below:

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/6/21: NCIS Wins the Night, This Is Us and Blackish Hit New Lows (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: CBS's drama lineup returned in dominant form, with a stable 'NCIS' (0.9) outpacing all other programs. 'FBI' (0.7) shed a tenth at 9 while 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.6) did not budge at 10. The news on the other networks was much less sunny as NBC's 'This Is Us' (0.7) lost two-tenths and slipped to a new low. 'New Amsterdam' (0.4) was flat in the 10pm slot. Earlier in the evening, 'Young Rock' (0.5) gave back a few more hundredths, but 'Kenan' (0.4) held at its series low. ABC was even deeper in flop territory as 'Pooch Perfect' (0.4) fell by two-tenths following last week's respectable start. 'Black-ish' (0.3) and 'Mixed-ish' (0.3) found themselves in series low territory after that, with the former losing two-tenths and the latter dropping by one. The 'Soul of a Nation' finale (0.2) remained unchanged at 10. Fox had encores of 'The Resident' (0.3) and 'The Masked Singer' (0.3). 'The Flash' (0.3) ticked up on the CW, but 'Supergirl' (0.1) couldn't make any gains in week 2. 

Finals Update: NCIS (+0.1), FBI (+0.1), FBI: Most Wanted (+0.1), This Is Us (+0.1) and Sipergirl (+0.1) adjusted up.

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Duncanville Renewed by Fox For Third Season

In a shocking move, Fox is renewing the abysmally-rated Duncanville for a third season even before its second season has premiered. This news comes less than a week after the not-surprising cancellation of Bless the Harts, a show that Fox seemingly favored over Duncanville given its two fall scheduling placements vs. Duncanville's zero. Duncanville is set to air its second season this summer, which seemed to be a sign that Fox wasn't confident in it and was burning it off. Instead, Fox may potentially be looking to continue airing animated programs all year long. The network has many animated programs in development, with new cartoon Housebroken set to air alongside Duncanville this summer and multiple projects up for series order consideration, inclduing adaptations of Clue and The X-Files. Duncanville premiered in February 2020, averaging a 0.41 in its eleven episodes, lower than all but two post-Simpsons episodes of Bless the Harts. However, the series is said to be a good performer for Fox on streaming platforms, and boasts a creative team that includes Amy Poehler, who voices multiple lead characters. Also starring on the series are Ty Burrell, Rashida Jones, Riki Lindhome, Yassir Lester, Betsy Sodaro, Zach Cherry, Joy Osmanski and Wiz Khalifa.

Monday Cable Ratings 4/5/21: Gutfeld! Off to Decent Start, Spring Baking Championship Nears Low, Breeders Rises

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 4/5/21. Items of note include Breeders on FX, Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, and the series premiere of Gutfeld! on Fox News.

(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 4/5/21: SAG Awards Collapse to New Low for Shortened Ceremony, The Walking Dead Finale Rises, Gangs of London OK in Premiere

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 3/28/21. Items of note include the Screen Actos Guild Awards on TBS and TNT, the finale of The Walking Dead on AMC and the premiere of Gangs of London on AMC.

(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 4/3/21: Big City Greens Down for Finale, Mahalia Solid on Lifetime, Food Network Wins the Night

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/3/2021. Items of note include the season finale of Big City Greens on Disney Channel, Final Space on Adult Swim, and Mahalia on Lifetime.

(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 4/5/21: NCAA Championship Dominant but Heavily Down from 2019, American Idol Hits New Low, Debris Rises (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: CBS's broadcast of the 'NCAA Championship' (3.0) crushed the competition but was down a little over 40% from 2019's telecast (5.3). An upward adjustment should get 2021's championship closer to 2019. An inflated encore of 'The Neighborhood' (1.2) and 'Championship Central' (1.1) preceded the main attraction. 'American Idol' (0.6) lost a tenth and fell to a new low on ABC, losing to a steady edition of NBC's 'The Voice' (0.8). NBC also beat out ABC in the 10pm hour but only because the alphabet network's 'The Good Doctor' (0.3) was in repeat-mode. The peacock network's 'Debris' (0.4) picked up a tenth. Fox's 'America's Most Wanted' (0.3) inched down behind another '9-1-1' rerun (0.3). The CW aired encores of 'Superman & Lois' (0.1) and 'Legacy of Hope' (0.1). 

Finals Update: '2021 NCAA Tournament Final' (+0.1), 'Championship Central' (+0.1), 'American Idol' (+0.1), and 'America's Most Wanted' (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of 'The Neighborhood' (-0.7) adjusted down.

The TV Ratings Guide’s Third Annual Renewal Odds Challenge!

The end of the 2020-21 television season is nearing, and we here at The TV Ratings Guide have decided to bring back a game last seen here a year ago. Our Renewal Odds Challenge, last seen here on TVRG in 2019, is back for a second go-round In this game, we ask participants to give every scripted program on television renewal odds, assinging each show renewal odds from 0 to 100, with 0 meaning you think it has no chance for renewal and 100 meaning you think it's certain to be back. You may participate as many times as you want, but your scores from each time will be preserved and averaged out, meaning that if you give a show 90% odds in your first submission and 100% odds in your second, your odds will then be 100%. Once all networks make their decisions, your scores will be figured out and posted here. It is graded on a scale from -50 to 50 points. A correct 100 or 0 prediction will get you 50 points. Submitting 50% odds is considered a push and you will not receive or lose points. If you are wrong, and submit 30% odds for a show that ends up renewed, you will lose 20 points. Good luck, and have fun!

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 20: Goodbye, American Housewife

One of ABC's veteran comedies wrapped up a short season last week, and it feels like a good time to take a deeper dive into the outlook for American Housewife. Keep reading for an in-depth analysis on its chances!

Friday Cable Ratings 4/2/21: Kamp Koral Solid in Nickelodeon Debut, Drag Race Drops, Womens NCAA Trounces Competition, CNN Newsroom Tops Tucker

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 4/2/21. Items of note include RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, the television premire of Kamp Koral on Nickelodeon, and Wynonna Earp on Syfy.

(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.)

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Sunday TV Ratings 4/4/21: The Equalizer and Bless the Harts Hit Lows on Easter, The Rookie Rises, Zoey’s Playlist Steady (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC took the reins on Easter Sunday as a steady 'American Idol' (0.8) topped the night altogether. 'AFV' (0.5) suffered a two-tenth decline at 7, but 'The Rookie' (0.5) managed to gain a tenth in the 10pm slot. On CBS, '60 Minutes' (0.5) lost a staggering six-tenths when stacked up against last week's 'NCAA'-boosted installment. The downward trajectory continued as the evening progressed, with 'The Equalizer' (0.6) and 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.4) each shedding two-tenths. In the middle, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.5) only lost one. NBC had another brutal night as 'Ellen's Game of Games' (0.2) inched down behind a repeat of itself (0.2). 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' (0.2) held even at 9 and led into a 'Good Girls' encore (0.2). Fox had an even worse time than the peacock network as recently-canceled 'Bless the Harts' (0.1) dropped to a new low behind an equally-anemic 'Ice Age' Easter special (0.1). The 'Ice Age' special was down two-tenths from last year's showing (0.3). Nature documentary 'Malika the Lion Queen' (0.2) built a bit from there, with a 0.1 in the 8pm hour and a 0.2 from 9-10. The CW went with repeats of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1) and 'Masters of Illusion' (0.0/1). 

Finals Update: 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.6, +0.1), 'American Idol' (0.9, +0.1), 'The Equalizer' (0.7, +0.1), 'Ellen's Game of Games' (0.3, +0.1), and 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.5, +0.1) adjusted up.