The Princess Royal Season 2 Premiere - It’s Coronation Day

The Princess Royal Season 2, Episode 1
It's Coronation Day

CBS Renew/Cancel: One NCIS Show Among Two Shows Downgraded After Rough Premieres for NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i


Saturday TV Ratings 9/24/22: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State College Football Tops Kansas State vs. Oklahoma Game, 48 Hours Stable

Final numbers and analysis to come.

The Bullpen Season 5 Episode 11: Banned Substance

Premiere Friday TV Ratings 9/23/22: Shark Tank Live Premiere Ties Low, Big Brother Clip Show Weak, Secret Celebrity Renovation Finale Horrific

Final numbers and analysis to come.

FOX Renew/Cancel Week 1: Funeral Plans Arranged For ’Monarch’


Predictions for 9/24/22

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Below are the first renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2022-23 television season. One new drama has debuted thus far and is noticeably underperforming in the Adults 18-49 demographic when compared to returning shows. As always, only scripted programming will be taken into account in this column. 

9-1-1: '9-1-1' began season six with a sturdy 0.69 rating and was down by just 9% from its year-ago premiere. Outside of ABC's NFL game, the procedural drama beat out every program on the evening of September 19th, including NBC juggernaut 'The Voice'. Despite being the oldest drama in the current Fox roster, it remains the strongest of the pack. As a result, '9-1-1' is Certain to be Renewed.

Monarch: At face value, the 0.91 rating that 'Monarch' posted for its series debut looks fantastic. A number of this size should be enough for Fox to award it a multi-season renewal and greenlight a spinoff series. That is, until you pull back the curtain and realize it had a 2.8 lead-in from an NFL post-game show. Once 'Monarch' was stripped of that cushiony football boost, it eroded down to a measly 0.21 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic, a whopping 77% below its premiere from just 9 days prior. The country music drama retained just 60% of 'The Resident' and went lower than every episode of 'Our Kind of People', the series that occupied this timeslot last year and was canceled after just 12 episodes. Though anything is possible in a world where 'Welcome To Flatch' can score a renewal, it is highly unlikely that 'Monarch' will make it past season one, meaning it is Likely to be Canceled.

The Cleaning Lady: In its first season, 'The Cleaning Lady' performed just well enough to secure a second season but never felt like anything more than a passable player. Middling freshmen shows like that tend to deal with a sophomore slump and 'Cleaning Lady' was unable to buck that trend. The Elodie Yung vehicle returned with a new series low out the gate, posting a mediocre 0.35 rating and retaining just half of its '9-1-1' lead-in (0.69). This is clearly an unsatisfactory performance and puts the series in a shaky position. For now, this crime drama is Likely to be Renewed, but that may change if it slips much further from this semi-acceptable level.

The Resident: 'The Resident' opened its sixth season with the same 0.35 rating that 'The Cleaning Lady' garnered but looked a good bit better since it does not air after a powerhouse like '9-1-1'. However, that does not mean that this seasoned medical drama performed exceptionally well. As always, this series only looks as good as it does because the other dramas on the Fox network are doing worse than it. Only time will tell if the middle-of-the-road performance of 'The Resident' will be enough to warrant a seventh season renewal. Since it has not had a massive decline and appears stronger than the non-'9-1-1' offerings, it remains Likely to be Renewed...for now.

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Thursday Cable Ratings 9/22/22: College Football Leads, Atlanta Hits Another Low, Tucker Carlson Tonight Tops Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/22/22. Items of note include Atlanta on FX, Little Demon on FXX, and College Football on ESPN.

(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.)

Premiere Thursday TV Ratings 9/22/22: Law & Order Shows Rise for Three-Hour Crossover Premiere, Big Brother Slides, Norman Lear Special OK (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: NBC's three-hour crossover premiere did wonders for the ratings of the 'Law & Order' trio and put the network in a virtual tie with Fox's 'MLB: Regional Coverage' (0.64). The night began with 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.62) soaring to its highest rating since December 2021 and actually beating out its year-ago premiere (0.60). At 9, 'SVU' (0.69) was only a tenth below last year's start (0.79) and posted its highest 2022 rating yet. The original 'Law & Order' (0.60) exceled in the 10PM hour and went well above every episode from the spring outside of its premiere (0.74). On ABC, the season finale of 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.45, -0.02) dipped by two-hundredths and led into a middling special about TV legend Norman Lear (0.29). CBS juggernaut 'Big Brother' (0.62, -0.08) lost eight-hundredths on a week-to-week basis and was followed by a feeble pair of 'Ghosts' reruns (0.19/0.14). Earlier in the night, encores of 'Young Sheldon' (0.36/0.35) performed significantly better than 'Ghosts'. The CW went with 'Bump' (0.04), a rerun of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.03), and 'Great Chocolate Showdown' (0.06).

Finals Update: The 8PM repeat of 'Young Sheldon' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Law & Order' (-0.1) and 'Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter' (-0.1) adjusted down.

Bake Your Heart Out Season 4 Finale - The Big Launch

Bake Your Heart Out Season 4, Episode 13
The Big Launch

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 1: Quantum Leap Looking to Leap to a Second Season

The 2022-23 season has begun, which means it's time for a new season of renew/cancels to begin. This week, a trio of smash hit NBC dramas returned, while a new drama also premiere. Keep reading for my initial predictions!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/21/22: AEW: Dynamite Slips, Resident Alien Drops to Another Series Low, Tucker Carlson Tops Cable News as CNN and MSNBC Rise

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/21/22. Items of note include Archer on FXX, AEW: Dynamite on TBS and Resident Alien on Syfy.

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

Premiere Wednesday TV Ratings 9/21/22: Abbott Elementary Returns Steady, The Amazing Race Hits New Low, The Conners and Home Economics Rise (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Emmy-winning comedy 'Abbott Elementary' (0.57) made the move from Tuesday evenings to Wednesday nights and viewers clearly followed along with it. This rating was on-par with the sitcom's April finale and only seven-hundredths below its strongest showing (0.64). Right after 'Abbott', 'Home Economics' (0.38) returned with its highest rating since early February and was just three-hundredths behind its season premiere from fall 2021 (0.41). Earlier in the night, ABC aired the season five premiere of 'The Conners' (0.53) and the 10th season debut of 'The Goldbergs' (0.44). 'Conners' was well above its spring levels in this new timeslot while 'Goldbergs' was only a tiny bit higher than its season finale/all-time low (0.39). 10PM drama 'Big Sky' (0.26) remained abysmal in its move to Wednesdays, returning a single hundredth above its finale (0.25). On CBS, 'Survivor' (0.79) was only a hundredth higher than its series low on premiere night. In the 10PM hour, 'The Amazing Race' (0.46) went the extra mile by creating a new low for itself. Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (0.63) tied its series low on arrival and led into the middling return of 'LEGO Masters' (0.36). NBC's 'Chicago Med' (0.70) improved from its May finale (0.67), but 'Chicago Fire' (0.69) and 'Chicago PD' (0.67) declined from where they left off (0.80/0.74). The CW's 'Stargirl' (0.06, -0.02) shed two-hundredths and was followed by reruns of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.05/0.04).

Finals Update: 'Survivor' (+0.1), 'Chicago Fire' (+0.1), 'Abbott Elementary' (+0.1), 'Chicago PD' (+0.1), and 'The Amazing Race' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/20/22: Tucker Carlson Tonight Leads, Queen Sugar Ticks Up

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/20/22. Items of note include Queen Sugar on OWN, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News and Morning Joe on MSNBC.

(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.)

Premiere Tuesday TV Ratings 9/20/22: FBI Shows Return Up from Finales, Monarch Abysmal, The Bachelorette Rises for Finale, The Resident Returns Steady (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Premiere night continued on as CBS rolled out the red carpet for the returns of 'FBI' (0.64), 'FBI: International' (0.50), and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.51). All three dramas improved from their season finales that aired in spring 2022 (0.56/0.44/0.41), but the lineup noticeably trailed its Fall 2021 launch (0.72/0.59/0.66). On NBC, the Tuesday edition of 'The Voice' (0.73) and drama 'New Amsterdam' (0.39) both shed about 30% from their year-ago starts (1.09/0.54). After mustering up a football-boosted 0.91 for its series premiere, Fox drama 'Monarch' (0.21, -0.70) completely collapsed for its timeslot debut. In the 8PM slot, 'The Resident' (0.35) tied its May '22 finale but was 30% lower than its 2021 return (0.50). ABC staple 'The Bachelorette' (0.90, +0.01) picked up a hundredth for its season finale and topped the night effortlessly. 'Leonardo' (0.05, 0.00) and 'Devils' (0.04, 0.00) were both stable on the CW.

Finals Update: 'The Bachelorette' (+0.1) and 'The Resident' (+0.1) adjusted up.

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Monday Cable Ratings 9/19/22: Queen Elizabeth II Funeral Rates Well for CNN, Halloween Baking Championship Drops, Kevin Can F**k Himself and Industry Slightly Up

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Monday, 9/19/22. Items of note include the Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on CNN, Halloween Baking Championship on Food, and American Dad! on TBS.

(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 9/18/22: Halloween Wars Returns with New Low, House of the Dragon Rises Again, Rick and Morty and Chesapeake Shores Tick Down

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/18/22. Items of note include Rick & Morty on Adult Swim, House of the Dragon on HBO, and Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark.

(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 9/17/22: Girl in Room 13 and Wedding of a Lifetime Have Solid Premieres, College Football Dominates, On Patrol: Live Inches Down

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/17/2022. Items of note include Wedding Of a Lifetime on Hallmark, On Patrol: Live on Reelz, and Girl in Room 13 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.)

Premiere Monday TV Ratings 9/19/22: Quantum Leap Has Solid Premiere Behind Weakening The Voice, The Neighborhood Sets New Low in Return, 9-1-1 Slightly Down from Finale (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: "Premiere Monday" brought in an assortment of familiar names and one brand-new series, that being NBC's reboot of drama 'Quantum Leap' (0.47). 'Leap' retained a solid 70% of the demo rating of its lead-in, 'The Voice' (0.67), and beat out the competing drama in its hour by a rather comfortable margin. Though 'Quantum' has found itself with a respectable starting point, the way post-'Voice' dramas hold up in weeks 2 and 3 usually determine their true strength. 'The Voice' itself (0.67) was a shadow of its former self, sinking by almost 40% from its fall 2021 premiere rating (1.08). In contrast, veteran drama '9-1-1' (0.69) returned in particularly strong fashion on the Fox network, dipping by a light 9% from what it posted one year prior (0.76). 'The Cleaning Lady' (0.35) did not fare nearly as well as its lead-in and began season two with a new series low, clearly indicating signs of a sophomore slump. 

New series lows were also prevalent on CBS as 'The Neighborhood' (0.50), 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.43), and 'NCIS' (0.42) found themselves going lower than any rating from their previous seasons. 'NCIS: Hawai'i' (0.40) was the odd one out here and managed to best a few episodes from late last spring. ABC's 'Vikings v. Eagles' NFL game (3.81) was a whopping 77% higher than the week-ago 'Broncos v. Seahawks' broadcast (2.16) and unsurprisingly outpaced every other offering. The CW decided to sit out premiere Monday by going with reruns of 'Mysteries Decoded' (0.05) and 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.05). This was a good bit lower than what repeats of these two put up against the Emmy awards last week (0.06/0.09).

Finals Update: 'NFL: Vikings vs Eagles' (+1.2) and 'The Neighborhood' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Raymond Island Season 4 Premiere - Checking Out

Raymond Island Season 4, Episode 1
Checking Out

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 0: Pre-Season Predictions for La Brea, The Blacklist, Young Rock, SVU, One Chicago and More!

The 2022-23 TV season is officially here, and it's time to make my pre-season predictions for NBC's scripted lineup. The Peacock Network will be airing multiple new series this season, while featuring the returns of the fan-favorite Chicago lineup and the new Law & Order lineup. Keep reading for all of my pre-season calls:

Friday Cable Ratings 9/16/22: Real Time With Bill Maher Rises, Secret Celebrity Drag Race Drops, The Five Tops Cable News, College Football Leads

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Friday, 9/16/22. Items of note include RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race on VH1, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and On Patrol: Live on Reelz.

(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.)

Sunday TV Ratings 9/18/22: 60 Minutes Rises from 2021 Premiere After Much Higher NFL Game, Pyramid and The Final Straw End on Lows, Big Brother Hits Season High (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Football expectedly reigned supreme on another Sunday, with NFL Overrun (7.41) on CBS easily leading the way and soaring above last week's CBS game (4.67). 60 Minutes (1.77) premiered its season with an interview of US President Joe Biden and took advantage of its lead-in, rising above its 2021 premiere and rating as by far the top non-sports broadcast of the night. Big Brother (0.94) was also on the rise, hitting a new season high as it nears its season finale. The night ended off on a low note with a repeat of The Equalizer (0.30), but its performance was still nearly double last week's 10 PM NCIS: LA repeat. NBC had a weaker night with Football Night In America (1.32) dropping by nearly a full ratings point and their Sunday Night Football game (5.57) featuring the Bears and Packers over a tenth below last week's Cowboys opener. ABC could not take advantage of the weaker competition, with Celebrity Family Feud (0.47), the midseason premiere of The $100,000 Pyramid (0.35) and what is almost-certainly the series finale of The Final Straw (0.17) all dropping by about a tenth. The repeat of America's Funniest Videos (0.41), however, rose slightly. Fox had no football and, thus, lower ratings, though their animated encores (0.25/0.28/0.31/0.27/0.28/0.30) were, for the most part, stronger than they'd been for much of the summer. The CW also had only repeats, with the 8 PM World's Funniest Animals encore (0.08) rising above last week's as the 8:30 showing (0.05) and the Penn & Teller repeat (0.04) both trailed last week.

Finals Update: NFL Overrun (+2.6), 60 Minutes (+0.2), Big Brother (+0.1), NFL: Bears v. Packers (+1.4) and repeats of The Great North (+0.1) and Family Guy (+0.1)

Saturday TV Ratings 9/17/22: 48 Hours Has Middling Return, Toledo/Ohio State College Football Game Leads Fox to Victory (UPDATED)

College Football was just about the only show in town this Saturday, with both Fox and ABC getting in the football spirit. Fox's broadcast of the Toledo/Ohio State game (0.74) topped the night, rating well above most of this summer's Saturday MLB games, including last week's (0.36). ABC's game trailed, but still rated well, with the Michigan State/Wisconsin game (0.58) rating a tenth-and-a-half behind Fox's broadcast after a healthy two-tenth adjustment. This was a bit behind last week's 0.65 rating, but that's not a terrible shock given the stronger competition. The other networks were mostly in repeat mode, though CBS did feature the return of veteran crime newsmagazine 48 Hours (0.23) at 10. It was a middling showing for the venerable Saturday staple, but it did tie its May finale, showing this may be par for the course for the show going forward. It was preceded by repeats of FBI: Most Wanted (0.18) and a repeat of itself (0.16) that weren't all that much lower. NBC had similarly-rated repeats, with America's Got Talent (0.19) and Dateline NBC (0.21) both dead even with last Saturday's encores. The CW continued its favorite Saturday tradition of mixing repeats and originals, with the finale of Masters of Illusion (0.04) and its repeat (0.03) both flatlining after an encore of Great Chocolate Showdown (0.06).

Finals Update: College Football: MI St. v. WI (+0.2) and the repeat of 48 Hours (+0.1) adjusted up. Masters of Illusion (-0.1) adjusted down.

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Friday TV Ratings 9/16/22: Dynasty Stays Low for Series Finale, Dateline Premieres Weaker, CBS Fall Preview Low (UPDATED)

It was another Friday night won by WWE Smackdown (0.50), even as the wrestling series shed seven hundredths. With the summer season now over, it was the final week in which Smackdown is not expected to face any major competition from the Big Three networks, as Shark Tank and SWAT will premiere in the coming weeks. Speaking of Shark Tank, it aired a repeat (0.32) that was slightly higher than the finale of The Con that aired in its time slot the week prior. The 9 PM 20/20 broadcast (0.24) trailed last week's Queen Elizabeth II-centered airing by a noticeable amount. NBC's Capital One College Bowl (0.24) was about steady in its second week, down only a single hundredth from the 9 PM airing last week and stable with the season premiere. The season premiere of Dateline NBC (0.31) was below its 2021-22 season average, but still took third for the night. CBS continued its HGTV-esque series Secret Celebrity Renovation (0.21), and saw a decline after last week's uptick. Their Fall Preview (0.18) aired at 9 PM and drew little interest, with a Young Sheldon encore (0.15) rating even lower. The night wrapped up with a repeat of Blue Bloods (0.19) that rated higher than last week's airings. On The CW, they said farewell to perennial ratings under-performer Dynasty (0.02) after what somehow was a five-season run, steady with last week's paltry series low. At 8, Killer Camp (0.04) doubled its rating from last week and yet still managed to remain a rounded 0.0.

Finals Update: The CBS Fall Preview (+0.1) adjusted up. Killer Camp (-0.1) and Dynasty (-0.) adjusted down.

Thursday Cable Ratings 9/15/22: Atlanta Returns Lower, Little Demon Rebounds, Primal Hits Season High for Finale

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/15/22. Items of note include the season premiere of Atlanta on FX, Little Demon on FXX, and the season finale of Primal on Adult Swim.

(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 9/15/22: Press Your Luck and Generation Gap Steady for Finales, Down Big Brother Leads, Truth & Lies: Crocodile of Wall Street Special Weak (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: ABC said farewell to their summer lineup, with the finales of Press Your Luck (0.43) and Generation Gap (0.32, -0.02). Luck was fully steady after its week off, while Generation Gap was up two hundredths for its finale, slightly rebounding from its series low. They capped off the night with a low-rated special from the ABC News Truth & Lies series, titled Crocodile of Wall Street. The special drew only a 0.21, below every episode of The Con this season. CBS's perennial nightly leader, Big Brother (0.70), dropped a bit from its Wednesday broadcast (0.75), but rose from its two-hour airing the previous week (0.67). Big Brother was preceded by encores of Young Sheldon (0.29) and Ghosts (0.23) and succeeded by a repeat of CSI: Vegas (0.20). Fox aired a below-average MLB game (-0.34), a far cry from what they'd be getting in this slot if they'd not lost Thursday Night Football to Amazon. The CW continued its bizarre blend of originals and repeats, with Bump (0.03) flatlining even further, Great Chocolate Showdown (0.05) remaining their top show of the night, and a Whose Line? encore (0.04) rating in the middle of the two. NBC had their final Law & Order franchise repeats of the summer (0.21/0.27/0.21) heading into next week's crossover premieres.

Finals Update: MLB Regional Coverage (-0.1) and repeats of Law & Order (-0.2), Law & Order: SVU (-0.1), and Law & Order: Organized Crime (-0.2) adjusted down.

Bake Your Heart Out Season 4 Episode 12 - Have You Never Been Mellow

Bake Your Heart Out Season 4, Episode 12
Have You Never Been Mellow

Summer Renew/Cancel Week 4: Final Calls for The Challenge: USA, Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Password, Claim To Fame and More!

Summer is nearly at its end, as the 2022-23 TV season officially kicks off on Monday. With that being said, it seems like an appropriate time to wrap up this season's Summer Renew/Cancel predictions, in the fourth update of a slow summer season. Keep on reading for my final calls.