Superstore Series Premiere Review

This Monday, Superstore aired its first two episodes in a "special preview" before its regular airings in January. I think that it could be the best new NBC sitcom since fall 2012's Go On. Will it be? My reviews of episodes one and two are below.

S1E1 "Pilot"

The episode started with some very funny scenes. Amy, played by America Ferrera, sells a ring to a guy, and Jonah, played by Ben Feldman, is hired after a funny interview. Jonah helps Amy clean up packages of toilet paper that fell on the ground. Jonah accidentally comes off as an elitist when introducing himself to Amy. The workers at Cloud 9 have a meeting, and it is hilarious. My personal favorite moment was when the store manager and assistant store manager were arguing about their prayer. Jonah tries to have a new start with Amy, and she gives him a task, making some items 25% off. Amy discovers that her co-worker Cheyenne is the "lucky girl" that the guy who bought a ring from her is proposing to, and Amy encourages Cheyenne to not make a decision she would later regret. Amy then discovers that Jonah had accidentally changed the price of items to $0.25. The first act was really great.

Amy rushes to shut everything down. She gets things thrown at her by a woman who bought some of these $0.25 items. This is hilarious. Jonah builds a sad face out of soda cans to apologize to Amy, but she remarks how one flavor is, as a result, difficult to get to. The conversation that follows between Amy and Jonah is great. The assistant store manager believes that Jonah is interested in her due to her overhearing him asking about dating supervisors. While the other new guy is working hard, Jonah is fooling around in the parking lot, which the store manager is also doing. Amy then tries to prove that she can be fun.

Amy apologizes to Jonah. She explains that she has had a long day, and that every day working at Cloud 9 seems to be the same. A masked burglar tells everyone to get down on the ground. Then, he takes his mask off and it turns out to be the guy who wants Cheyenne to marry him. Then he leads a dance for her. The assistant store manager, who is trying to handle the situation, turns off the lights, and that reveals that Jonah put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. The episode ends with the employees talking outside the store, and Amy reveals her name to Jonah. It was a great ending.

S1E2 "Magazine Profile"

At the start of this episode, Glenn, the store manager announces that a reporter will be at the store today. The disabled employee tells Jonah that he doesn't want to be put on the cover of the magazine, and Amy decides to give Glenn a makeover. Cheyenne's fiancée is making up a rap, and it is very funny. The reporter shows up, and Glenn has some serious trouble. He ends up talking a lot about the lights, but the reporter wants to know something interesting. Jonah makes up an idea that Glenn had about organizing the store, and Glenn shares some very funny ideas involving combining words together, such as turning "free samples" into "framples".

The reporter ends up much more interested in Jonah than Glenn. Meanwhile, the photographer tries to track down the disabled employee, which is very funny. Amy comforts Glenn, saying that the reporter is likely only interested in Jonah because he is cure, but Amy says that Jonah isn't cute, he just looks like someone who is cute. The reporter finds Jonah again in the backroom, and she starts to make out with him, which the assistant store manager hilariously watches on the security cameras.

Amy apologizes to Jonah for what she said about the reporter only being interested in him for his looks. The assistant store manager calls an emergency employee meeting, and reveals Jonah's making out with the reporter. She comes to the conclusion that Jonah was sexually assaulted, which ended up being pretty funny.

The other new employee tries to get the reporter to write an article about him. The disabled employee agrees to get his photo taken, but only with Glenn. Cheyenne's boyfriend plays his jingle for the reporter, and she finds it catchy, but he doesn't like the word catchy, and Cheyenne lets him hilariously follow his dreams. Glenn makes the cover of the magazine, though his face is covered up, he is excited anyway.

Both episodes were great, and I think that Superstore had the best comedy pilot I've seen since Go On. Episode 3 has been released online (because there is eight weeks of Superstore in January and February, but nine episodes), and I will review it sometime before Superstore returns, most likely within the next week.

What did you think of "Pilot" and "Magazine Profile"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

CBS Announces Midseason Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ET/8 PT “Undercover Boss” (NFL doubleheader weekend)
* “Undercover Boss” will run for three Sundays, after which the usual CBS Sunday lineup will resume.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
8 p.m. “2 Broke Girls” (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m. “Mike & Molly”
9 p.m. People’s Choice Awards
Thursday, Jan. 7
9:30 p.m. “Angel from Hell”
Friday, Jan. 8
8 p.m. “Undercover Boss” (time period premiere)
Friday, Feb. 12
8 p.m. “The Amazing Race”
Wednesday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. “Survivor” (90 minutes)
Wednesday, Feb. 24
10 p.m. “Code Black” season finale
Wednesday, March 2
10 p.m. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”
Thursday, April 7
8:30 p.m. “The Odd Couple”

CBS Gives 'Supergirl' 7 More Episodes

Per Deadline, CBS has ordered seven more episodes its freshman superhero drama Supergirl, bringing its total up to 20 episodes. CBS is still calling this a "full-season order," so by no means does this indicate the show is dead. Note that NBC's Revolution also got a 20-episode order in its first season.

CBS has also given back-orders to Limitless (+9 episodes -> 22 total), Life in Pieces (+9 episodes -> 22 total), and Code Black (+5 episodes -> 18 total).

Show Review Mini-Tournament: Results

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, November 29, 2015
Show Review Mini-Tournament: Results
Hey everyone,

Sorry for the delayed results. I would have extended the closing date to Friday, November 27, but most shows weren't on so there wasn't much of a point to that. Anyways, here are the results for the Show Review Mini-Tournament. If you need a refresher, here is the scoring criteria:

1) Limitless
2) The Goldbergs
3) Brooklyn 9-9
4) Nashville
5) Scream Queens
6) Jane the Virgin
7) How to Get Away with Murder
8) Modern Family
9) iZombie
10) The Middle
11) Fresh Off The Boat
12) Life in Pieces
13) Mom

Congratulations to the fans of Limitless who visit The TV Ratings Guide--interestingly enough, it was deemed a special review because as of now it isn't in our regular rotation.

Fans of Life in Pieces and Mom--step it up, and maybe the shows will move up in the rankings if we decide to do this again!

NBC Renew/Cancel Watch: Week 10

Hello everyone, it's Luke Lambright! I can't believe we are already 10 WEEKS into the 2015-2016 season! Nothing new really happened at NBC this week, so my predictions are going to look virtually the same.

  • Show title (Average adults 18-49 rating to the nearest tenth)

  • The Player (0.8)
  • Truth Be Told (0.6)
  • Heroes Reborn (1.3)
  • The Mysteries of Laura (1.1)
  • Undateable (0.8)
  • Grimm (1.0)
  • The Blacklist (1.5)
  • Chicago Med (2.0)
  • Law & Order: SVU (1.6)
  • Blindspot (2.3)
  • Chicago Fire (1.8)
  • Chicago P.D. (1.5)


CBS Renew/Cancel Watch: 'Supergirl' Flies Under the Radar


Welcome to the CBS Renew/Cancel Watch of the fall season! All scripted, primetime shows are included in the prediction table below once they have premiered for the season. An analysis of any new prediction changes follows. My current predictions are as of November 28, 2015.

The key to the right indicates which colors are associated with each prediction. The data in the table includes season lows, highs, and averages (Adults 18-49 demo), as well as the year-to-year changes for returning shows that have not already been officially renewed or canceled. These are provided for reasoning with and understanding my predictions. The shows are ordered by their season averages against only other scripted CBS shows.

Show Title
    Season Low High /Average     
 Y2Y Change
The Big Bang Theory
2.1 / 2.5 / 2.23
1.5 / 3.1 / 2.16
Life in Pieces
1.8 / 2.6 / 2.0
1.7 / 2.2 / 1.81
NCIS: New Orleans
1.5 / 1.9 / 1.67
Criminal Minds
1.4 / 2.0 / 1.65
2 Broke Girls
1.6 / 1.7 / 1.63
1.5 / 1.7 / 1.58
1.3 / 1.9 / 1.54
Madam Secretary
1.1 / 1.5 / 1.29
Code Black
1.1 / 1.5 / 1.24
1.1 / 1.3 / 1.23
Blue Bloods
1.1 / 1.3 / 1.20
The Good Wife
0.9 / 1.2 / 1.08
Hawaii Five-0
1.0 / 1.1 / 1.08
0.8 / 1.1 / 0.93
CSI: Cyber
0.7 / 1.0 / 0.84

Supergirl has fallen considerably in the last four weeks from its gigantic premiere. While a 3.1 debut in the demo was more than promising, the show has dropped every week (with the exception of last week's slight bump from 1.7 to 1.8), all the way down to a new low of 1.5 this week. Viewers were curious to see the latest show in the superhero genre, but they clearly weren't impressed enough to stick around. Falling over 50% from your series premiere after just five episodes is extremely poor, especially since this show was placed at the top of the night with very high expectations. Yet, Scorpion remains the dominant force of Mondays and NCIS: LA is scarily not far off from Supergirl (1.2 vs. 1.5). CBS might be better off scheduling Mike & Molly and The Odd Couple in the hour. Supergirl heads to The Bubble until further notice. 

FOX Renew/Cancel Watch: Rosewood Certain to be Renewed + Tuesday Update

The Ratings Junkie Saturday, November 28, 2015
FOX Renew/Cancel Watch: Rosewood Certain to be Renewed + Tuesday Update
NOTE: If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may need to switch the rotation to landscape in order to view the whole table. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Certatin to be Cancelled Likely to be Cancelled Watching Likely to be Renewed Certain to be Renewed Renewed
The Grinder The Last Man On Earth Scream Queens Bones Empire The Simpsons
Minority Report Grandfathered

Family Guy Bob’s Burgers
Sleepy Hollow


Brooklyn 9-9


Changes from Last Time

-Rosewood upgraded from "Watching" to "Certain to be Renewed"
-Brooklyn 9-9 upgraded from "Likely to be Renewed" to "Certain to be Renewed"
-Scream Queens downgraded from "Likely to be Renewed" to "Watching"
-Grandfathered downgraded from "Watching" to "Likely to be Cancelled"
-The Last Man On Earth downgraded from "Watching" to "Likely to be Cancelled"
-The Grinder downgraded from "Likely to be Cancelled" to "Certain to be Cancelled"

Why is Rosewood "Certain to be Renewed"?
TV Media Insights

Even though Rosewood's numbers can be a bit deceiving because of the Empire pre-tune in the final half-hour, FOX is not really in a position to call it quits on a show that regardless delivers some of
their best ratings. I think this show next season will either be paired with or take over for Bones.

Why is Brooklyn 9-9 "Certain to be Renewed"?

Brooklyn 9-9 is in its third season, and just one away from syndication. Even though it's not an in-house production, the ratings are good enough for FOX to keep it around and try to revive the Tuesday comedy block around it.

Why is The Last Man On Earth "Likely to be Cancelled"?
Jason Sudeikis will voice an animated character on Son of Zorn

Even though its ratings aren't terrible, per say, I do think that The Last Man On Earth will be cancelled. One reason is that ratings aren't necessarily good, either, and is far away from syndication (four seasons won't get it there either considering they do shorter seasons). But the main reason is that executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (I can't help but think that Will Forte's
character Phil Miller came from their names) have a new show, Son of Zorn, with a series commitment on FOX. The party live-action, partly animated show seems fit for Sundays, and stars Forte's fellow SNL alum, Jason Sudeikis, who coincidentally or not currently plays a recurring role on Last Man. I can't see Lord and Miller doing double-duty, and this feels like a new high-concept FOX project where they are starting over with a different SNL alum.

Tuesday Update: How are the New Shows Doing?

Scream Queens is performing a full four tenths below its estimated number needed to satisfy the ad rate. The Grinder is doing three tenths less, and Grandfathered two tenths less. I can't say those are particularly pleasing numbers--nor is the fact that all three have gone fractional on one or more occasions. The Grinder, no matter how you look at it, is Certain to be Cancelled in my book. FOX simply doesn't need to renew a show that is already posting 0.7s, its lowest-rated comedy, and won't get much better unless it surges behind Brooklyn 9-9 in the spring. The same can mostly be said about Grandfathered--unless it surges behind New Girl, it will probably be cancelled. But then again, will FOX want to renew more than just one of their Tuesday comedies? They could renew New Girl, but it smells like a final season to me. It may depend on their pilots, but I just don't think Grandfathered's ratings are cutting it right now and advertisers will want to buy spots on a show that is guaranteed fractional. But at least it's doing better than The Grinder.

Finally, on Scream Queens, the only reason why it is place in the Watch column right now is because it performs relatively well in W18-34. FOX was probably hoping to find a show that appealed to the New Girl/Mindy Project W18-34 audience in the Tuesday at 9 spot, and Scream Queens just hasn't
done enough of it. Then again, it's one of the only shows on broadcast television that can say it has the ability to rate higher amongst W18-34 than A18-49, and that's a hard demographic to reach.

What do you think of my analysis? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

Analysis of TV Ratings Weeks 7,8,9

Analysis of TV Ratings Weeks 7,8,9

 Hi my name is Preston and I will be analyzing the network television ratings every other week and how the ratings can impact your favorite show and in if it is renewed or cancelled. So read on to find out!! Welcome back everyone, last time you heard from me it was three weeks ago, sorry it has been crazy lately. Anywase, I know you don't want to hear about my private life so let's get to some analyzing some ratings!!!! Btw this will be my last post of the fall season since many shows are in hiatus for the holiday season.


     Dancing with the Stars: 2.4, 13.5 mil, for its season finale DWTS ended on a good note and definitely will be back for another season.

     Supergirl: 1.5, 7.1 mil, this show doesn't have much more room to drop but still as of now I think it is fine.

     Minority Report: 0.5, 1.5 mil, REENEWED, just kidding CANCELLED cause I mean come on haha.

     Jane the Virgin: 0.4, 1 mil, once again I think this show gets renewed due to critics and CBS affirmative action.

     Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: 0.3, 0.9 mil, even though I love this show I guess not many others due because it dosent pull in many viewers. Even though it earned 5 extra episodes, is I'm sure cheap to make, and has CBS affirmative action on its side, I still don't think we will see it on the schedule come the 2016/2017 season.

     Castle: 1.1, 6.6 mil, I still don't get why Castle was put behind DWTS because another show that is trying to get its footing deserves that spot such as Quantico and I think Castle is in last season or will get renewed for a final season.


      Limitless: 1.3, 6.5 mil, this show is one of the most bubble shows of all and I think that it will be cancelled mainly because it airs on CBS and they have higher standards than the other networks.

      Chicago Med: (2.2, 8.6 mil premiere)1.8, 7.6 mil, just in line with the other Chicago's and in this day in age, NBC will take that.

      Scream Queens: 0.8, 2 mil, even with those dismal same day ratings, which FOX now apparently dosent care about haha, I believe that it will pull out a last second renewal because of it DVR ratings.

      Izombie: 0.5, 1.2 mil, this show got 6 more episodes ordered but due to the curse of the partial back order and since it gets those ratings behind The Flash, you would think the CW would expect more.

      Wednesday (nationals):

      Empire: 3.1, 9.1 mil, I get that it aired the night before Thanksgiving but still that is never a number that Empire wanted to see.

      Code Black: 1.4, 7.5 mil, on a night everything else was down, Code Black actually rose and shows that it is consistent.


       TGIT Trio: (Greys Anatomy: 2.5, 8.4 mil, Scandal: 2.4, 8 mil, HTGAWM, 2.3, 7.1 mil) they all are 100% returning.

       Life in Pieces: 2.2, 8 mil (nationals), improved on Thanksgiving and on a Big Bang repeat so it shows it is not as dependent on TBBT as many thought.

       Friday (note Friday's numbers are from last week):

        Undateable: 0.8, 2.7 mil, depending on how the rest of NBC's comedies due at mid season, this show may pull out a renewable because of its cheap cost since it is live and for a Friday show that actually isn't that bad.
        Grimm: 0.9, 3.6 mil, now that this show has enough episodes to be in syndication, I think that this show will be cancelled or renewed for a final season.

     Sunday (note Sunday's numbers are from last week):

        Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 1.7, 3.9 mil, this show will be back since it has syndication on its side as well.

        The Last Man on Earth: 1.3, 3.2 mil, this show is a big question mark as well since it has a smaller than usual episode order but it's ratings aren't terrible either.

        CSI Cyber: 0.9, 6.3 mil, this show actually has been on the rise as of late and got the same demo as The Good Wife but still will probably get cancelled.

Thank you for reading I will be back two weeks from now with the highlights of the last two weeks. Comment below to tell me what you think!





ABC Renew/Cancel Watch: The Goldbergs is Still Certain to be Renewed

The Ratings Junkie Friday, November 27, 2015
ABC Renew/Cancel Watch: The Goldbergs is Still Certain to be Renewed
You talked, I listened. We've talked a lot about The Muppets, Fresh Off The Boat, Nashville, Last Man Standing, Quantico, Dr.Ken...but some ABC shows have gone largely ignored in the analysis below the table. Today, I'm going to start including more shows, especially considering there wasn't enough data this week to warrant moving any shows anywhere. And also enjoy my Black Friday themed labels.
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Wicked City Blood & Oil Castle Fresh Off The Boat Last Man Standing Grey’s Anatomy

The Muppets Nashville Quantico Scandal

The Middle

The Goldbergs

Modern Family


Once Upon a Time

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

How to Get Away with Murder

Dr Ken

Why is The Goldbergs "Certain to be Renewed"?

In the past couple years, The Goldbergs went from a mediocre-rated show with less-than-stellar reviews to one of ABC's most reliable, critically-acclaimed shows. It also ranks #4 in the A18-49 demo for all of ABC, and #2 for comedy. In addition, it is in its third season and is only one away
from entering syndication. If I were ABC Family--er, Freeform--I would consider picking it up and airing it alongside The Middle and Last Man Standing. If it gets lucky, it could also go bigger.

Why is The Middle "Certain to be Renewed"?

The Middle is just as reliable as The Goldbergs, just has been doing so for many more years. It has proven to stand the test of time and is ABC's #3 comedy in the A18-49 demo. In addition to the fact that The Middle can always be counted on to lead a night and provide consistency, the cast is already locked in for another season, so it's not like contractual negotiations will break the show. So, The Hecks will be seeing you next year.

Why is Blackish "Certain to be Renewed"?

Even though Blackish is ABC's #4 comedy despite having the best lead-in they could provide, Blackish is still hanging in there at high 1s, and more importantly is the sole ABC Wednesday comedy that is in-house produced. The production company hasn't gotten a comedy to syndication to ages, and they'll finally be able to get one with Blackish. It also did surprisingly well when Modern Family was a rerun (then again Empire was also out of the equation). I think it should move to Tuesday and enjoy a run of mid to high 1s.

Why is Castle "Likely to be Canceled"?

Castle right now has one of the worst averages on ABC, and in addition is in its eight season. It's had a great run, but has lost a lot of viewers over the last couple seasons that due to its serialized nature won't be able to get back. Additionally, contracts I believe are on a year-to-year basis, and it may be getting too expensive. Time to let Dancing with the Stars launch a new show for the first time in eight seasons. After all, only Scandal provides a better lead-in for ABC to a 10pm show.

There you go! Hope you enjoyed my predictions and analysis, and feel free to leave your own in the comments below.

CW Renew/Cancel Watch: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Certain to be Canceled

Hey folks, it's Jessica. It's week 11 of renewal and cancelation predictions. As of this week, there are no changes to predictions since the last change in predictions earlier this week. Without further ado, here are this week's predictions! 

Format for Predictions: Show Title (Average Live+SD A18-49 Rating)

Certain to Be Canceled
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3)
iZombie (0.6)
Significant Mother (0.2)
Likely to be Canceled
None yet

Toss Up
None yet

Likely to be Renewed
Jane the Virgin (0.4)
Reign (0.3)
Supernatural (0.7)
The Vampire Diaries (0.6)

Certain to Be Renewed
Arrow (1.0)
The Flash (1.4)
The Originals (0.4)

Fate Determined 
Beauty and the Beast (final season premieres TBA)

Yet to Premiere
Containment (midseason)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (premieres 1/21)
The 100 (season 3 premieres 1/21)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: For SEO purposes, this ratings turkey has to go back into the headline. The CW has ordered five extra episodes of this woefully-rated musical dramedy. #ExtendandPretend, as the TV Grim Reaper calls it. Any show, regardless of whether you're a rookie or not, with the initial season order of 13 episodes, in hopes of a back 9, but instead gets a partial backorder, it is doomed. That is, unless you're designated as a limited series like The 100. The SEO gods are satisfied. 

Reign: In midseason news, after January 22, the show goes on hiatus. This does not mean that it will be canceled, because Beauty & the Beast went on hiatus due to a low rated season 2, and was renewed for two seasons to air in the summer. The same thing could happen for Reign. Therefore, Reign is likely to be renewed. 

Did the network make the right call moving the Thursday lineup to Fridays, in order to make Legends of Tomorrow self-start as a lead in to The 100 on Thursdays? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thursday Ratings: Life in Pieces Impresses on Thanksgiving Night

The Ratings Junkie Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday Ratings: Life in Pieces Impresses on Thanksgiving Night
Here are the preliminary numbers for the first-run shows last night. Also, my apologies for titling the Wednesday Ratings post Thursday Ratings!!

The Big Bang Theory (R): 3.4
Life in Pieces: 2.2
Mom: 1.6
2 Broke Girls: 1.6
Elementary: 1.0

NFL Football: 6.8/8.1/7.9

Dog Rescue Celebration: 0.4

The Muppets (R): 0.6
Fresh Off The Boat (R): 0.4
The Middle (R): 0.6
The Goldbergs (R): 0.5
Last Man Standing (R): 0.5
Dr Ken (R): 0.4

The CW
Whose Line is it Anyway? (R): 0.3

Mom S3E4 Review

Happy Thanksgiving! While I am a little bit annoyed that CBS is insisting to air Mom on Thanksgiving, I am also happy that I get an episode of Mom this week. How good is this episode? Read on for my thoughts!

S3E4 "Sawdust and Brisket"

At the start of the episode, Christy tells Bonnie that Violet texted. She is coming over and needs to talk. Violet tells Christy that she wants to rebuild their relationship, and she doesn't want the kind of relationship with her mom that Christy has with Bonnie. At the coffee shop, Christy tells Marjorie what happened, and that Violet accepted her Facebook friend request finally. The neighbor that Bonnie stole cat tranquilizers from last season enters the coffee shop, and Marjorie encourages Bonnie to make amends with her. Violet and Christy go shopping, and when they find two cute shirts, Christy suggests that they each buy one, and they share, which makes Violet say that they are like best friends, which Christy loves. Bonnie tries to make amends with the woman, but it doesn't go well at all. Christy tells Bonnie about her success with Violet and that they have been invited to dinner with Violet and Gregory.

Bonnie brings the woman fifty dollars, and apologizes for the things that she did. The woman gets mad at Bonnie, and gives her back her money. Christy, Bonnie, Violet, and Gregory have dinner. The three girls talk about Gregory, and they act like good friends. Violet leaves the room after Gregory comes back in, and Gregory admits that he had a selfish motive for encouraging Violet to rebuild her relationship with Christy. He knows that women who have good relationships with their mothers become better mothers. Bonnie jokes that in not too long, Gregory will be "shooting sawdust". Christy then accidentally mentions Violet's first baby, which Gregory didn't know about. Violet comes back in, and when she finds out what happened, she tells Christy that it was better when she wasn't in her life. Back at home, the neighbor shows up and apologizes to Bonnie. She explained that her dad was a drunk, and he always apologized, but never changed. Bonnie then invites her in for brisket and football.

Violet shows up outside Bonnie and Christy's apartment with a suitcase. But, she doesn't knock on the door. Instead, she calls Christy. They talk, and Christy encourages Violet to try to work things out with Gregory. It was a great conversation. Really perfect. Violet, after the call, takes Christy's advice, and heads back. Bonnie tells Christy that she has become a good mom, though  Christy doesn't say the same back.

Overall, this was a great episode. It was very funny, but also had some great serious moments, like the neighbor apologizing to Bonnie and the phone call between Christy and Violet.

What did you think of "Sawdust and Brisket"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Life in Pieces S1E9 Review

Happy Thanksgiving! For some reason, CBS decided that they needed to air new episodes of all of its Thursday shows, except The Big Bang Theory, on Thanksgiving. So, here is a review of this week's Life in Pieces.

S1E9 "Hospital Namaste Time-Out Boudoir"

In the first story, Jen cuts her hand, so Greg takes her to the hospital. They leave Matt and Colleen to watch the baby. Jen gets annoyed with how long they are spending waiting at the hospital, so Greg suggests that they take a walk. They end up having fun with the night to themselves, and when Jen's name is finally called, she is upset, as they were having fun. But, a person is wheeled in and it seems to be a real emergency, so they get to wait some more. The story was not very funny, sweet, but not funny.

In the second story, Heather and Tim get each other anniversary gifts. Heather prepares six weeks in advance, and gets pictures taken in her underwear. Tim, on the other hand, searches for something with same-day shipping on Amazon. Heather pretends to like his gift of bible chess, but Tim laughs at the pictures she gives him. To fix the situation, he tries to make a calendar for her, but is having trouble getting good pictures. Matt comes over to pick up something, and Tim recruits him to help. Matt takes pictures for Tim, which is pretty funny. Tim eventually gives the calendar to Heather, and she loves it.

In the third story, Sophia gets put in time-out after saying "ass". Her inner-thoughts are narrated, and they are pretty funny. The funniest part was when she was hoping that Narnia would be in her closet. Heather eventually comes back up to Sophia's room, and is allowed to come back downstairs.

In the forth story, John takes Sophia and Samantha to a restaurant. The restaurant was very strange, John was asked what he valued in a table, and the dishes are named after feelings. The funniest was "black beans matter". It was very funny. John got emotional when the girls said that they were grateful for John, so he decides to go and be with all of his kids, which included cheering on Heather in her yoga class, which was very funny. The kids all go to Joan, so she gives them a gift to give to John, which turns out to be a mug that says "world's greatest dad". When Heather asks how Joan knew that would work, she says that while life is complicated, John isn't.

The first story was very bad, and the second was alright, but the third story was very good and the forth was great. Overall, it was a pretty good episode.

What did you think of "Hospital Namaste Time-Out Boudoir"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Wednesday Ratings: Empire, Survivor Fall to Series Lows

The Ratings Junkie Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday Ratings: Empire, Survivor Fall to Series Lows
Last night was "Thanksgiving Eve", meaning lots of people were traveling to be with families and not many were turning on the television to watch their shows live. Proceed to read these ratings at your own risk.


Comedies: 1.3/1.2/1.2/1.1
Jimmy Kimmel: 0.7

Survivor: 1.8
Code Black: 1.4


Rosewood: 1.2
Empire: 3.1


The Making of The Wiz: 0.6
Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving: 1.1

The CW

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: 0.5

NBC Drama Ratings Database

The Ratings Junkie Wednesday, November 25, 2015
NBC Drama Ratings Database
BlindspotChicago MedChicago FireLaw & Order: SVUThe BlacklistChicago PDHeroes: RebornThe Mysteries of LauraGrimmThe Player