Thursday Cable Ratings 10/22/20: Fox News Trumps CNN and All Others in Debate Coverage, NFL Well Below Last Fox Simulcast, Bradshaw Bunch Rises

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 10/22/20. Items of note include the Final 2020 Presidenital Debate on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, The Bradshaw Bunch on E!, and .

(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 10/22/20: Final Trump vs. Biden Presidential Debate Drops from First Debate, NFL Heavily Down (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: With less than two weeks until the 2020 presidential election, President Trump and former Vice President Biden took part in the second and final debate of this cycle. After beating NBC in the ratings during the September debate, ABC's broadcast (2.1) tied NBC's (2.1) head-on this time around. The alphabet network fell more than a full point from the last debate (3.2) while the peacock network was only down by six-tenths (2.7). CBS (1.1) completely trailed the other two with their debate telecast despite having the help of a sturdy 'Big Brother' (1.0) lead-in. Nonetheless, CBS was only three-tenths behind the 1.4 it garnered for debate 1. NBC and ABC had dueling debate specials preceding the main event (0.8/0.8) and managed to match each other for that broadcast as well. When it came to 10:30pm debate analysis, ABC (1.4) was a tenth above NBC (1.3) while CBS (0.8) came in a distant third. Fox opted not to air the debate and went with the 'Giants v. Eagles' NFL game (2.1). The game fell into a three-way-tie for top program of the night, alongside the debate broadcasts on ABC and NBC. The CW had steady showings of 'Supernatural' (0.3) and 'The Outpost' (0.1).

Finals Update: NFL: Giants v. Eagles (+1.1), 2020 Presidential Debate coverage on ABC (+0.5), NBC (+0.5) and CBS (+0.2), and Debate Analysis on ABC (+0.2), NBC (+0.3) and CBS (+0.1) adjusted up. Debate Preview Special (-0.1) adjusted down.

Off Topic -- October 2020 Thread


 Welcome to October on Off Topic! 

October 2: And it is Friday, nonetheless. It is anything goes! 

October 9: Another week, another update! Anything goes. 

October 16: Halloween is approaching, folks!

October 23: Another week has gone by! Just one Scaramucci until the election!

SNL’s Political Predicament

Ever since it began, politics has been a prevalent part of Saturday Night Live. Chevy Chase as then-President Gerald Ford was the show's first prominent example of lampooning a political figure, and it became a well-known and loved impersonation. Political impressions like Sarah Palin, Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Bushes became well-known even among those that weren't regular SNL viewers. Lately, though, SNL's centering on politics has not been a good thing, and the extra focus on this topical topic has led to shows that feel short, disjointed, and all around, not that interesting.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 10/21/20: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Rises After Hiatus, Tucker Carlson and Fox News Continue to Lead as MSNBC and CNN Also Gain

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 10/21/20. Items of note include Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, Archer on FXX, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

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

Sitcom Scorecard: September 28-October 22, 2020


Welcome back to TVRG's Sitcom Scorecard feature.  It has been in interesting, trying 5 months since the last season's shows ran for cover from COVID-19 and ducked out by late April-mid May.  This season will indeed be a lean one, with few to no fresh new pilots.  Approximately 20 sitcoms will be profiled by the season's end, a bleak and sad drop from the 2017-18 season's landmark 37 entries.  7 finally made their returns, and many more shall be filing in within the next three weeks.

Given animated shows require less body contact, it was a no-brainer FOX's Animation Domination block returned on schedule to give bored viewers something new to watch.  The word "Domination" is more of a nod to the past, as FOX can only scrape up large numbers via its annual Football Inflation continuing through January.  In fact, FOX' Sunday block will likely be the only network seeing shows register above the 1.0 mark.  The verdict is out for Young Sheldon, set to premiere in two weeks, and The Conners may squeak out an occasional entry in this arena.  Beyond that, what you see below 1.0 is the new norm(al) for the 2020-21 season.  Always creative NBC attempted to create a virtual style sitcom in Connecting, only to be greeted with the same style numbers as the last 15 years.  Please note One Day at a Time will not be profiled in this feature as CBS merely licensed its 4th season of repeats from Pop, leaving renewal odds none of CBS' business.

FOX already handed renewals to Bob's Burgers and Family Guy, making the first official changes to the charts.  If a series already registered 2+ episodes in the new season, their odds have been predicted below.  FOX will be on hold until The World Series concludes; meanwhile the action has shifted over to ABC's rebuilt Wednesday evening, consisting of the strongest survivors from the year prior.  The Goldbergs registered two solid (ratings wise) episodes, doing the boiler plate ABC sitcom style plotting.  Tuesday transplants The Conners and Blackish knocked it out of the park addressing 2020 issues head on, unmasking all the problems the world knows now.

The Conners carried nearly their entire audience over from the destroyed Tuesday comedy block, while Blackish looked like the weakling.  What readers must realize is Blackish took a battering the prior 3 seasons trying to hold up Tuesday evening.  Suffering from underperforming neighbors and a dreadful move to 9:30, the veteran series has some ground to recover getting reacquainted with its old timeslot.  Given the interest in the "ish" spinoffs (read about that in this site's profile of Blackish' SPINOFF STORIES), Blackish appears to be a solid investment for ABC and holds potential for renewal.

What Is To Come This Sitcom Season

With few options for sitcoms looking as bleak as the 1973-74 or 2009-10 seasons, fans of the genre sadly only have Sundays on FOX, Mondays on CBS, Wednesdays on ABC and Thursdays on CBS/NBC to watch these laughers.  However, they are coming back one by one.  Starting next week, the Sitcom Scorecard will be profiled Fridays.

Save These Dates

October 28 -- American Housewife makes it's 5th season debut at 8:30.  This marks the 8th move for the series (read about that HERE), expect some soft numbers in the 0.5-0.6 range.

October 29 -- NBC's strongest player, Superstore, making a heralded debut.

November 5 -- CBS rounds up returning veterans Young Sheldon and Mom, as well as their only freshman pilot for the fall with B Positive.  Mom potentially will see a spike as viewers wish to find out how Anna Faris is written out.

November 12 -- Sophomore sitcom The Unicorn makes its timeslot debut on CBS at 9:30.  Can it retain what it had last year out of CBS' eroding Thursday nights?

November 16 -- Canned laughter returns to Mondays as The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola return with new episodes.  Will they be able to replicate their sturdy success of the prior season?

After Thursday Night Football Ends -- Last Man Standing returns for its 9th and final season sometime in 2021.  Along with they Moody's?  How did that one get renewed!?

Sometime in 2021 -- The remains of the sitcoms do not have declared dates.  But ABC still has Mixedish on their plate, and NBC has veteran series Brooklyn 99 and afterthought pilot Kenan to display on Thursdays.  Predictions for debut dates?  February 30 and April 31 are open bets.

A Drama Scorecard?

Yes, a Drama Scorecard is slated to be revived as a companion piece to the Sitcom Scorecard.  Only 4 series not licensed from other countries/networks have displayed original episodes, so this feature likely will not make its debut until sometime in November, and be published on Saturdays.

Wednesday TV Ratings 10/21/20: The Goldbergs and The Conners Tie Finales for Premieres, Blackish Returns Up, World Series Drops (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: For the first time in over 10 years, ABC's Wednesday comedy lineup debuted without 'Modern Family' holding down the 9pm slot. It was ultimately a mixed bag for the alphabet network as the season premieres of 'The Goldbergs' (0.8) and 'The Conners' (0.9) were steady with their season finales but several tenths behind their year-ago premieres (1.0/1.3). 'The Conners' made the move from Tuesday to Wednesday in decent fashion, roughly on par with where the final season of 'Modern Family' began (1.05). At 9:30, the 'Black-ish' premiere (0.6) was two-tenths above its rotten May finale (0.4) but came in three-tenths behind 2019's start (0.9). 'The Con' (0.5) rose two-tenths from last week at 10pm. 

Game 2 of the World Series (1.8) matched what game 1 managed in prelims and could potentially tie or eclipse the 2.4 A18-49 rating that game posted in finals. Needless to say, Fox's broadcast of the game was the top program of the night. CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.9) and 'The Amazing Race' (0.6) both lost a tenth from last week. But a 'SWAT' repeat at 10pm (0.3) tied what it managed a week ago. 'The Wall' (0.6) inched up on NBC while 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.4) shed two-tenths. The CW held even with 'Devils' (0.1) and 'Coroner' (0.1).

Finals Update: Game 2 of the 'World Series' (2.3, +0.5) adjusted up, still a tenth behind Game 1 (2.4). 'Big Brother' (1.0, +0.1), 'The Amazing Race' (0.7, +0.1), and 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5, +0.1) all adjusted up as well. 

Tuesday Cable Ratings 10/20/20: The Misery Index Ties Season Low in Midseason Premiere, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity Lead

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 10/20/20. Items of note include the midseason premiere of The Misery Index on TBS, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN.

(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 10/20/20: World Series Opens Heavily Down, The Bachelorette Drops in Week Two, Transplant Jumps Behind The Voice (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Game 1 of the World Series (1.8) was down by more than 40% from the 3.1 A18-49 rating it posted in 2019 but gave the Fox network some relief from the dismal ratings of 'Cosmos' and 'Next'. ABC's 'The Bachelorette' (1.1) took a noticeable three-tenth dip in week 2 but remained in solid territory. The alphabet network aired a 'Supermarket Sweep' pilot encore (0.4) right after the reality juggernaut. 'The Voice' (1.0) was a notch behind 'Bachelorette' but boosted 10pm drama 'Transplant' (0.6) to its highest rating yet, up a whopping three-tenths from last Tuesday's series low. CBS's 'The FBI Declassified' (0.4) dropped five-tenths from last week's NFL-charged result but held even with what it garnered the week before that. Repeats of 'NCIS' (0.4) and 'FBI' (0.4) populated the 8 and 9pm slots. The CW was flat across the board with 'Swamp Thing' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1). 

Finals Update: Game 1 of the World Series (2.4, +0.6), 'The Bachelorette' (1.2, +0.1), and 'The Voice' (1.1, +0.1) all adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 10/19/20: Monday Night Football, Halloween Baking Championship, Soulmates and Finale of The Third Day All Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 10/19/20. Items of note include Monday Night Football on ESPN, Soulmates on AMC, and 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.)


Show

Network

18-49 Viewers

Viewers (mil.)

NFL: Cardinals v. CowboysESPN3.5711.32
Monday Night KickoffESPN1.675.45
SportscenterESPN0.92.49
WWE RawUSA0.561.84
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.515.25
WWE RawUSA0.51.81
WWE RawUSA0.491.69
Watch What Happens LiveBravo0.441.25
HannityFox News0.434.92
The FiveFox News0.364.18
NFL: Chiefs v. BillsNFL0.361.41
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.334.36
Your World with Neil CavutoFox News0.322.95
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.293.38
Special Report with Bret BaierFox News0.283.44
The StoryFox News0.282.87
Family ChantelTLC0.271.12
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.262.02
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.262.08
CNN Tonight with Don LemonCNN0.261.74
Happily Ever After Strikes BackTLC0.251.19
Bill Hemmer ReportsFox News0.252.36
Halloween Baking ChampionshipFood0.251.13
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.241.66
Outnumbered OvertimeFox News0.232.34




Highlights Below the Chart:


Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC0.212.70
The Situation RoomFox News0.21.43
The 11th Hour with Brian WilliamsMSNBC0.192.28
All In with Chris HayesMSNBC0.142.06
The ReidOutMSNBC0.132.04
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.122.26
MSNBC Live with Stephanie RuhleMSNBC0.11.43
Morning JoeMSNBC0.091.44
SoulmatesAMC0.060.16
The Third DayHBO0.030.17
We Are Who We AreHBO0.010.05



Network

A25-54

A18-49

A18-34

Total viewers

Tucker Carlson Tonight

FOX News

0.82

0.51

0.25

5.248

Hannity

FOX News

0.69

0.43

0.18

4.920

The Ingraham  Angle

FOX News

0.59

0.33

0.13

4.364

The Story with Martha MacCallum

FOX News

0.44

0.28

0.14

2.866

Rachel Maddow Show

MSNBC

0.48

0.29

0.15

3.383

Anderson Cooper 360

CNN

0.44

0.26

0.17

2.076

Cuomo Prime Time (9pm)

CNN

0.42

0.26

0.13

2.015

Erin Burnett OutFront

CNN

0.39

0.24

0.18

1.662

CNN Tonight (10pm)

CNN

0.38

0.26

0.11

1.741

Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

MSNBC

0.36

0.21

0.07

2.704

All In with Chris Hayes

MSNBC

0.14

2.061

The ReidOut 

MSNBC

0.13

2.043


Sunday Cable Ratings 10/18/20: Lovecraft Country Jumps to High for Finale, Fargo and Fear The Walking Dead Also Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 10/18/20. Items of note include the season finale of Lovecraft Country on HBO, Fargo on FX, and Fear The Walking Dead 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 10/17/20: Sweet Autumn Strong for Hallmark, MLB Leads, Amphibia Returns Down

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 10/17/20. Items of note include MLB on TBS and FS1, Amphibia on Disney, and Sweet Autumn on Hallmark. 

(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 10/19/20: The Voice Returns on Top, NFL Boosts LA’s Finest, Dancing with the Stars and Emergency Call Rise (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The 19th season premiere of NBC's 'The Voice' (1.2) came in a dismaying five-tenths below 2019's debut (1.7) but was still the top broadcast of the night. Jane Lynch game show 'Weakest Link' (0.8) was the direct lead-out and improved by two-tenths from what it garnered last Tuesday. As NBC's Monday-night staple faltered, ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' (1.0) gained a tenth from last week's installment and continued to dramatically improve from last year's numbers. In the 10pm hour, struggling newbie 'Emergency Call' (0.5) inched up alongside 'Dancing'. On CBS, 'Big Brother' (0.9) and the rebroadcasts of 'One Day at a Time' (0.2/0.2) both lost a tenth on a week-to-week basis. 'Manhunt: Deadly Games' (0.2) was flat at the end of the night for its final Monday airing. 

Recently-cancelled 'LA's Finest' (0.9) soared to a new season high on Fox thanks to some NFL assistance. Barring a significant downward adjustment in finals, this would be four-tenths above its previous high (0.5) and six-tenths above last week (0.3). The boost was mostly gone by 9pm as lead-out drama 'Filthy Rich' (0.4) could only rise a tenth. The CW's 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.1) lost a tenth and was outperformed by a repeat of itself (0.2) that came right after. 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.2) held steady at 9pm. 

Finals Update: 'Dancing with the Stars' (0.8, -0.2), 'LA's Finest' (0.6, -0.3), and 'Emergency Call' (0.4, -0.1) all adjusted down.

Friday Cable Ratings 10/16/20: Tucker Carlson Tonight Dominates in Total Viewers, MLB NLCS Dominates in 18-49

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 10/16/20. Items of note include Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, MLB on FS1 and TBS, and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

(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.)

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 0: Pre-Season Predictions for The Goldbergs, Blackish, For Life, Grey’s Anatomy, American Housewife and More!

With ABC preparing to bring back the first of their scripted shows later this week, it's a good time for a pre-season ABC Renew/Cancel to get a look at what shape their returning shows are in going into the season, and see my pre-season expectations for them.

Sunday TV Ratings 10/18/20: Supermarket Sweep Premieres Strong as Millionaire and Card Sharks Struggle, NFL Sunday Night Football Drops vs. Final MLB NLCS Game (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Hosted by SNL alumni Leslie Jones, ABC's reboot of 60's game show 'Supermarket Sweep' (1.0) got off to a roaring start. Few non-sports broadcasts are even able to cross the 1.0 A18-49 threshold these days, meaning this incarnation of 'Sweep' is currently in very good shape. Unfortunately for the alphabet network, the programs surrounding 'Sweep' did not perform nearly as well. 9pm lead-out 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' (0.6) started well below the 0.8s and 0.9s it was garnering in the early summer months but still a notch above its low-point (0.5). 10pm game show 'Card Sharks' (0.4) began in even more dire territory, creating a new series low after being off the air for fourteen months. 'AFV' (0.5) began its season in soft fashion, falling three-tenths behind last year's premiere in the 7pm hour.

Fox's 'Animation Domination' block took the night off as game 7 of the NLCS took its place (1.9). The game got significantly more help than usual thanks to NFL Overrun (4.6) and 'The OT' (3.1). NBC had 'Football Night in America' (1.5/2.8) and the 'Rams v. 49ers' NFL game (2.8). CBS went with an original '60 Minutes' (0.8), 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (0.5) and a repeat of 'Mom' (0.3). The CW was steady with 'Pandora' (0.1) but got absolutely no mileage out of a pair of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' encores (0.0/0.0). 

Finals Update: On Fox, 'NFL Overrun' (6.1, +1.5), The OT (3.2, +0.1), and NLCS game 7 (2.9, +1.0) all adjusted up. NBC's 'Football Night in America' (1.2, -0.3; 2.1, -0.7) adjusted down while their NFL game (3.7, +0.9) adjusted up. CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.9, +0.1) adjusted up while a repeat of 'Mom' (0.2, -0.1) adjusted down. The season premiere of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.6, +0.1) adjusted up on ABC, as did a 9:30pm repeat of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.1, +0.1) on the CW. 

Network - Episode 4.03 - The Other New Kid


Network

4x03 - “The Other New Kid”


Written By:

Jessica Boggs


FADE IN:


PREVIOUSLY ON NETWORK…


Nellie and Charlie were in the middle of a somewhat awkward exchange when Nellie turns to Charlie. 


NELLIE (CONT'D)

Oh, Charlotte, if you ever need assistance, you know where to find me. 


CHARLIE

Okay, I guess.


Charlie shrugs as Nellie exits the scene. 


She then turns to Ash with a disapproving glare.


CHARLIE (CONT’D)

Why the hell did you hire her?


ASH

We needed a new consultant. She was overqualified. 


CHARLIE

But she hated my guts. 


ASH

At least keep an open mind. 


BACK TO PRESENT EPISODE. 


INT. PRESIDENT’S OFFICE - 2 HOURS LATER


Ash sits in his office chair. 


He sighs as he looks at the computer. 


ASH

Oh, what a day. 


After he shrugs his shoulders, he hears a knock on the door.


The door opens to reveal WILL (28) standing with a nervous glare.


WILL

Hello, am I in the right place?


ASH

Of course. Come on in.


Will then takes a few steps and closes the door. 


He sits in front of the desk. 


ASH

Well, welcome to the team, Will. With your expertise, you will fit in quite nicely with the bunch. 


WILL

I bet. 


ASH

Now, why don’t I show you around?


The two of them get up from their places. 


They exit the scene. 


INT. BUSINESS HALLWAY - DAY


Ash and Will walk side by side.


Ash points at each door. 


ASH

This is the conference room, where we usually hold meetings on important network matters. And this is the break room...we chill and do things. 


Will nods accordingly. 


Suddenly, Holly shows up in the hallway. 


HOLLY

I didn’t realize it was a tour today. 


ASH

Yeah, impromptu. 


Holly turns towards Will. 


HOLLY

So you’re the new guy in town, right?


WILL

You got that correct.


HOLLY

I’m Holly. I run security at this place. 


WILL

Security, huh?


ASH

For protective reasons. 


WILL

I see. 


ASH

Well, look at the time. Looks like we have a meeting in ten minutes. 


Will sees Jesse, Charlie, and Matt gather outside the conference room. 


TO BE CONTINUED…


On the next episode of Network, it’s a pilot meeting. 


FADE OUT