Tuesday TV Ratings 12/10/19: The Masked Singer Ties Low but Dominates on Special Night, The Moodys Rises but Still Low for Finale, Greatest Night of Giveaways Strong

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Masked Singer1.6/85.76Fox

Ellen's Greatest Night of
Giveaways (Series Premiere)

The Conners1.0/55.70ABC

The Flash0.6/41.71The CW

NCIS (R)0.6/37.40CBS
8:30 PMBless This Mess0.6/33.61ABC
9 PMThe Voice1.2/68.27NBC

The Moodys (F)0.5/31.93Fox


FBI (R)0.5/36.10CBS

Crisis Aftermath0.2/10.73The CW
9:30 PMBlackish0.6/32.99ABC
10 PMMaking It0.5/33.09NBC

NCIS: New Orleans (R)0.5/34.72CBS


Writer’s Block - Episode 1.01 - Pilot (TVRGO Throwback)

Writer’s Block
1x01 - “Pilot”

By: Jessica Boggs

Cast of Characters:
Jack - Charismatic college graduate and burgeoning writer, age 23. Recently moved from Kentucky to Beverly Hills to pursue a writing career in show-business.
Noah - Analytical to the tee, college graduate from Seattle, age 22. Recently moved to Beverly Hills, in the same apartment Jack is in.
Jill - An accomplished award-winning writer and no nonsense neighbor of Jack and Noah’s. Age 25.
Mike - A writer with connections to the Buzz network, recent college graduate, MFA student, Jack and Noah’s outlandishly competitive neighbor, age 24.
Will - College senior studying television writing, another one of Jack and Noah’s neighbors, age 23.
Mark - A writer who often keeps to himself, one of Jack and Noah’s neighbors, age 23.

Jack, fresh from entering Beverly Hills, California, couldn’t believe his eyes. His first apartment after college is somewhat ancient and may as well close for repairs every once in a while.

Jack: Oh well, it’s a start.

Noah sits on his desk writing, contemplating on life.

Noah: This is a welcome change to Seattle. I was tired of getting rained on all the time. Now it’s sunny almost all the time. Perfect! And I get to meet my roommate today. That is doubly exciting. It’s someone I know from a ratings site I used to contribute to.

All of a sudden, he hears a knock on the door.

Noah: Coming!


Noah then answers the door to reveal Jack. Noah is in shock. Jack is somewhat familiar, but he does not look as he seems. On Jack’s profile picture, he does not wear glasses. He wears glasses in real life.

Jack: Hi, I’m Jack. Nice to meet you.
Noah: Hi, I’m Noah. You look eerily familiar.
Jack: Oh, didn’t we use to write for Guide for TV Ratings?
Noah: Oh yeah. We did. But your profile picture is clearly not the same as the person standing in front of me at the moment.
Jack: Well. I happen to wear glasses because I can barely see.

The power goes out.

Noah: S***! No internet.
Jack: This apartment is not what I’m expecting.
Noah: I know. It sucks.
Jack: Not only that, it looks unkempt.
Noah: That’s the only apartment we both can afford.
Jack: Unfortunately.

Some random neighbors from across the hall overhear the conversation and decide to enter the scene.

Jill: I hear you!
Jack (puzzled): Who are you?
Jill: I’m Jill. One of your new neighbors.
Will: I’m Will. Another one of your new neighbors.
Mike: I’m Mike. Another new neighbor.
Mark: And I’m Mark. I keep to myself a lot.
Noah: They are all college-aged writers. I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.
Mark: Maybe.
Jack: I hope so.
Noah: Well, we must get to work, shall we?
Jill: Not so fast.

Jack pauses suddenly, as if he is a ghost.

Jill: Why don’t we have an impromptu house party, so we can introduce ourselves.
Noah: Well, I am Noah, and this is Jack. Jack and I used to write on a ratings site long ago.
Mike: What brings you here to Beverly Hills?
Jack: We’re looking for writing work on television.
Mark: Say what?
Jack: Television writing work. Working on pitches and stuff.
Mike: Well, my friend’s dad works on the Buzz Network as an executive. Buzz is always looking for pitches.
Noah: We’ll keep that in mind.
Jill: And there are always writing contests that you can enter in order to win prizes.
Will: But first, we all need to find day jobs.
Jack: Something on our list. But what if we make it big?
Noah: That will be a while before that happens.

While the neighbors talk about projects, we end this episode right here. On next week’s episode of Writer’s Block, the work begins.


WRITER’S BLOCK is one of The TV Ratings Guide's ORIGINAL SERIES, an exclusive feature of  The TV Ratings Guide.

WRITERS BLOCK is written and executive produced by Jessica Boggs and production is overseen by TVRGO as well as Boggs Productions. 


Monday TV Ratings 12/9/19: The Great Christmas Light Fight Steady, CW Tops Fox, The Neighborhood Jumps (UPDATED)

Finals Update: The Voice (+0.1) adjusted up. The Great Christmas Light Fight (-0.2), Making It (-0.1) and a repeat of The Good Doctor (-0.1) adjusted up.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Voice1.2/58.16NBC

The Neighborhood0.9/46.13CBS

The Great Christmas Light Fight0.7/44.59ABC


Beat Shazam0.5/32.00The CW
8:30 PMBob Hearts Abishola0.7/35.95CBS
9 PMAll Rise0.5/35.23CBS

Black Lightning0.3/10.90The CW

The Moodys0.3/21.25Fox
10 PMThe Good Doctor (R)0.6/43.98ABC

Making It0.4/32.58NBC

Bull (R)0.4/34.46CBS

2010s Franchises and Super-Producers in 10 Charts: Part 1

Here is part one of a two-part article series exploring how broadcast television franchises and super-producers fared in the 2010s decade. Each write-up comes with a graph. The x-axis displays the year, and the y-axis displays the shows’ ratings relative to the league average. So, a 100 would be an average-rated show. For the purposes of simplifying the x-axis, the year listed coincides with the fall season of when a show started airing. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

The Fall of CSI
CSI seemed like an unstoppable franchise in the 2000s. Not only was the original show doing great, but it also had two very successful spinoffs in CSI: NY and CSI: Miami. Both spinoffs faded in the 2010s, as did CSI. One could argue that tough schedule had to do with the downfall, with the franchise stuffing slots like Sundays at 10 (and even later on football nights). But even after CBS canceled all three shows, they tried to keep the franchise alive with CSI: Cyber. A retooled second season couldn’t save its ratings woes, and the franchise completely disappeared from CBS’s schedule by the middle of the decade.

The Law & Order Missteps
Sure, the Law & Order franchise had two big successes in the 2010s decade. First, the original Law & Order was renewed for a 20th season, tying the record for most seasons of a live-action prime time show in history. Then, the first spinoff, Special Victims Unit, did the same in 2018, with a 2019 renewal pushing it to the record-breaking 21st season. That being said, the Law & Order franchise could’ve had a much better decade. Law & Order (the show) stumbled its way to the finish line with poor ratings, and immediate spinoff Law & Order: LA flopped despite many efforts to keep it alive. NBC tried again in 2017 with Law & Order: True Crime, and anthology in the vein of American Crime Story that aired after This Is Us. True Crime was canceled after just one season. NBC also ordered a reality series, Law & Order: You The Jury, but it never aired. Law & Order: Hate Crimes is supposedly an upcoming installment, but constant delays put its chances at success into question. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is hanging in there, doing OK in tough time slots and seeing impressive DVR gains, but it’s by no means the massive hit it used to be. While the franchise will continue into the 2020s decade, a CSI-like conclusion to it isn’t too far out of the realm of possibilities. As a final note: Law & Order: Criminal Intent aired its later seasons on TNT, explaining why its low placement on the graph. 

The Rise of Chicago
The good news for Dick Wolf is, despite the Law & Order franchise setbacks, his Chicago franchise is doing well for NBC. That being said, it was far from an overnight success. Chicago Fire premiered in 2012 to subpar ratings, but NBC went ahead and ordered spinoff Chicago PD for the next season regardless. Chicago Med followed a couple years after that. Fire has consistently been used to fix tough time slots, PD has kept its Wednesday at 10 slot its whole run, and Med has gone back and forth between being protected and being asked a lot, such as anchoring Thursdays. The low point of the franchise was ironically when it had the most shows airing at the same time. With Chicago Fire failing to get a syndication deal, NBC reportedly started to rethink their goal with this franchise and canceled the fourth installment, Chicago Justice, after a short first season. This is despite the show’s renewable ratings. The franchise truly found its footing in 2018, when all three remaining Chicago shows started airing together on Wednesday nights. Currently, the shows are still on an upswing, and are some of the higher-rated shows on television. That fifth Chicago show Dick Wolf was talking about years ago might not happen right away, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see more than one Chicago series still on the air without any signs of Law & Order by the mid-2020s.

Arrowverse Gives The CW A New Direction
When The CW first launched, they mostly consisted of the best of The WB combined with the best of UPN. They went into the decade with mostly young female-skewing shows, and have taken a change in direction ever since. Yes, they’ve had critical successes in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane The Virgin, but their ratings success comes from the Arrowverse. This consists of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman, the latter of which isn’t included in the below chart due to having not finished airing its first season. The success of the Arrowverse has led to unrelated comic-book shows for The CW, such as Black Lightning and Riverdale. The Arrowverse, despite all its successes, has been on a bit of a downswing lately. The CW will likely continue to make these shows, but they don’t appear to be saving the network the way they were just a few years ago. Also of note: the first season of Supergirl aired on CBS, naturally giving it higher ratings.

NCIS Is Hanging In There...
CBS ended the CSI franchise (at least for now), but they still have NCIS. They went into the 2010s decade with just the original show and half a season of its first spinoff, NCIS: LA. They have since added NCIS: NO to the lineup, and another spinoff was in development before ultimately being rejected in pilot season. What’s interesting is that CBS has never tried to air all three NCIS shows on one night like NBC is doing with the Chicagos. NCIS has kept its Tuesday at 8 time slot for its entire run so far, and NCIS: NO has at least stayed on Tuesdays its whole run, but NCIS: LA has been shifted around the schedule many times. First, it moved to Monday, and has now aired regularly in the 8, 9, and (briefly) 10pm slots on Sundays. NCIS: NO will be leaving Tuesdays and heading to the Sunday at 10pm time slot in spring 2020, making room for two Dick Wolf-produced FBI shows on Tuesdays. Could they be phasing out NCIS and making room for FBI? Could the franchise and possible-upcoming-franchise coexist? Time will tell, and it should be one of the biggest franchise-based stories to look for in the 2020s decade.
...And Its Universe Is As Well
The NCIS universe doesn’t stop at the three NCIS shows. In fact, NCIS itself is a spinoff of the 1990s-2000s show JAG. The NCIS universe expanded in the 2010s decade to include reboots of Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, as well as the show Scorpion. While Scorpion was canceled after four seasons, and every veteran season was a sharp decline in the ratings from the previous one, it was a bubble show at the end and seen as somewhat of a success. Hawaii Five-0 has seen a second life lately, proving its worth on Fridays, and MacGyver proved to be a good edition to that night as well.

In part 2, discussions include Shondaland, the Bachelor franchise, and Seth MacFarlane. Stay tuned!

Sunday TV Ratings 12/8/19: Madam Secretary Ends, Crisis on Infinite Earths and Miss Universe Solid

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
7 PMNFL Overrun5.6/2424.03CBS

Football Night In America2.3/108.81NBC

Miss Universe0.9/43.82Fox

America's Funniest Home Videos0.7/34.89ABC
8 PMFootball Night In America4.1/1714.27NBC

60 Minutes1.6/710.40CBS

Supergirl0.6/31.67The CW

AFV: America, This Is You0.6/33.99ABC
8:30 PMSunday Night Football4.1/1913.57NBC
9 PMGod Friended Me0.8/36.70CBS

Kids Say The Darnedest Things0.4/22.64ABC

Crisis on Infinite Earths Aftermath0.2/10.70The CW
10 PMThe Rookie0.6/33.67ABC

NCIS: Los Angeles0.6/35.75CBS
11 PMMadam Secretary (Series Finale)TBATBACBS

Network - Episode 3.09 - Regrets and Mistakes (Midseason Finale)

3x09 - “Regrets and Mistakes”

Written By:
Jessica Boggs



In this episode, we see Jesse in the waiting room at the therapist’s office. 

He clenches his hands together as nerves take over. 

After a few minutes, he gets called into the office. 


Then he meets Sarah. We recall her from Whoa Folks, I Have Another Dream. She’s a therapist. 

But all tangents aside, Jesse and Sarah exchange pleasantries and begin their session. 

Now, let’s talk about your relationship history. 

I’ve had three relationships in the past three years. One lasted over five years. She was my high school sweetheart. But I cheated on her and dumped her for a girl that works as our head of security. That relationship did not last long. I dumped her and started dating the mother of my child. It didn’t last long either.

Sarah nods as she writes it down on her notepad.

Well...it certainly is a mouthful but we are making some progress. Jesse, what do you think is the common denominator for all the endings to your relationships. 

Jesse hangs his head down. He takes a deep breath to process. 

Then he looks up at Sarah, who looks up from her notepad.

Well, certainly, it has a lot to do with me. Mostly to do with self-doubt. And my own pride. 

Not many people can say what you just said, Jesse. Most of the time, they blame their exes for the endings of their relationships. 

This is why I am coming to you for help. I am trying to figure out healthier patterns I need to adopt for future relationships. 

That’s what I’m here for. Along with everything else that affects mental health. 

Jesse nods.

Sarah begins gesturing her hands for emphasis. 

Jesse then sighs. 

Now let’s go through a different angle. Were there any issues that occurred with the three? 

With my first relationship, we had that foundation of love and friendship. But I broke her trust by cheating on her. With my second relationship, I broke up with her after I found out she was pregnant and then I entered my third relationship fifteen minutes later. 

That is a lot for you to go through. 

I have been the biggest jerk to the women I loved and cared about. I have thrown away relationships like toys. Maybe I don’t know what I have until it’s gone. 

Let me give you a different perspective. Relationships do take a lot out of a person. You give so much, expecting nothing in return. 

I have had so many regrets about the mistakes I have made. 

You know, I feel like everyone does. That’s normal. But you are making a conscious decision to identify some patterns that needed to be changed for future relationships. It will not take overnight, but the fact that you are aware and are proactive in taking steps are key steps to growth. 

Jesse nods. 

In the next episode, we get the new and improved Jesse. 

NETWORK is written and executive produced by Jessica Boggs and production is overseen by TVRG Originals and Boggs Productions.

NETWORK is one of The TV Ratings Guide's first ORIGINAL SERIES, an exclusive feature of  The TV Ratings Guide.