NBC Renew/Cancel Week 20: A Newbie Finally Breaks Into the Renewal Categories

The NBC Renew/Cancel is nearing its end for the 2019-20 season, but that doesn't mean there aren't any new predictions to come. Keep on reading to see what show (or shows) will be moving this week!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/29/20: Dave Steady on Finale Night, What We Do In The Shadows Hits Season High

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/29/20. Items of note include the season finale of Dave on FXX, What We Do In the Shadows on FX, and Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform.
(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
The ChallengeMTV0.571.00
The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsBravo0.511.52
Black Ink CrewVH10.430.98
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.374.46
Special Report with Bret BaierFox News0.333.39
The FiveFox News0.333.98
HannityFox News0.324.41
Guy's Grocery GamesFood0.30.88
Forged In FireHistory0.291.00
Guy's Grocery GamesFood0.280.94
House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.281.52
Property Brothers: Forever HomeHGTV0.281.67
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.283.61
The StoryFox News0.282.85
All Elite WrestlingTNT0.270.69
Summer HouseBravo0.270.73
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.253.00
My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?TLC0.250.96
House HuntersHGTV0.251.44
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.251.94
Married At First Sight SpecialLifetime0.230.97
What We Do In The ShadowsFX0.230.62
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.221.42
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.221.53

Highlights Below the Chart:

Full Frontal with Samantha BeeTBS0.220.65
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.160.59
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.132.05
Morning JoeMSNBC0.11.35
Motherland: Fort SalemFreeform0.080.24
Crank YankersComedy Central0.080.17

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/29/20: The Masked Singer Down, SEAL Team and SWAT Rise Behind Steady Survivor (UPDATED)

ABC preempted their usual Wednesday comedy lineup for a trio of 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' repeats (0.6/0.6/0.5). The 8 and 9pm encores bested its last original performance while the 10pm repeat tied its last episode.

'The Masked Singer' (2.0) remained on top on Fox but lost a tenth from last week. A 9pm aftershow (1.1) shed three-tenths. CBS's 'Survivor' (1.5) held steady but dramas 'SEAL Team' (0.8) and 'S.W.A.T' (0.7) each ticked up a tenth. Both programs matched their season highs.

NBC had another round of 'Chicago' repeats (0.5/0.5/0.5) while the CW had an even 'Riverdale' (0.2) and a 'Bulletproof' repeat (0.1).

Finals Update: After the Mask (-0.1) and the repeat of Chicago Med (-0.1) adjusted down.

18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Masked Singer2.0/117.79Fox


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (R)0.6/34.14ABC

Chicago Med (R)0.5/34.30NBC

Riverdale0.2/10.66The CW
9 PMAfter the Mask1.1/64.34Fox

SEAL Team0.8/45.75CBS

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (R)0.6/33.53ABC

Chicago Fire (R)0.5/34.24NBC

Bulletproof (R)0.1/10.36The CW
10 PMSWAT0.7/45.03CBS

Chicago PD (R)0.5/33.70NBC

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (R)0.5/33.02ABC

Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/28/20: One Day At a Time Rises for Midseason Finale, Deadliest Catch Rises, The Last OG Sheds a Tenth

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/28/20. Items of note include the midseason finale of One Day At a Time on Pop and TV Land, The Last OG on TBS, and Deadliest Catch on Discovery.
(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.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
The Curse of Oak IslandHistory0.653.41
Vanderpump RulesBravo0.51.35
Deadliest CatchDiscovery0.411.71
Little People, Big WorldTLC0.372.16
Deadliest Catch: BloodlineDiscovery0.361.45
The First 48A&E0.351.10
Teen MomMTV0.350.70
Lost Gold of World War IIHistory0.341.67
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.344.07
HannityFox News0.334.08
The FiveFox News0.313.79
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.313.50
Supermarket StakeoutFood0.31.04
Special Report w/ Bret BaierFox News0.293.25
The First 48 (R)A&E0.270.87
Bargain MansionsHGTV0.261.36
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.261.92
7 Little JohnstonsTLC0.261.41
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.253.11
Curse of Oak Island SpecialHistory0.251.78
Bargain MansionsHGTV0.241.26
The Last OGTBS0.240.71
CNN TonightCNN02.41.47
CNN NewsroomCNN0.241.41

Highlights Below the Chart:
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.231.48
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.220.70
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.21.53
Wild N OutVH10.170.36
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.132.09
Morning JoeMSNBC0.11.38
One Day At a TimePop
TV Land

CRIMINAL MINDS: Every Episode, Every Rating

Criminal procedurals are what CBS has done best since the turn of the millennium.  CSI crackled from 2000-15 and spawned CSI: Miami (2002-12) and CSI: New York (2004-13).  Exiting procedural JAG (1995-2005) spawned NCIS (2003-), and it split off to NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014-). Seeing multiplicity in crime shows and reality TV, Criminal Minds entered the fold in fall 2005 on Wednesdays at 9:00.  The series followed FBI profilers tackling complex cases.  The series received critical acclaim for writing and acting, and like any longstanding ensemble series experienced a high share of turnover.  Initially a cast of 5 lead by Mandy Patinkin, the series expanded to 8 by the 15th and final season with only Matthew Gray Gubler being the only original series member.  Lead Patinkin left after 3 seasons and was replaced by Joe Mantegna, who remained with the series through the end.

Monday Cable Ratings 4/27/20: Dispatches From Elsewhere Hits New Low for Finale, Breeders Finale and American Dad! Hold Steady

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 4/27/20. Items of note include the finale of Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC, the finale of Breeders on FX, 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.)

THIS IS US: Every Episode, Every Rating

The 2010's produced its slew of breakout hits, with This Is Us being the last in line on the scripted front after Empire, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.  Well ahead of its first season concluding, NBC delivered a landmark 3 season renewal, acknowledging this was as good as it gets with runaway hits.  The well layered drama, consisting of the proper mixture of suspense, character development and linings of humor took America by storm as it explored decades and generations of the Pearson family.  Centered on the timeless love story of Jack and Rebecca (Milo Ventimiglia, Many Moore), it explores their origins, raising their unorthodox set of triplets, Kate, Kevin and Randall (Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown).  And proceeding into the present, the adult lives of the triplets as Kate battles romance and weight issues, famed celebrity struggles for attention and adopted and black Randall discovers his birth father.  The series mopped the floor in the ratings its first two seasons.  And even as they cooled down in Seasons 3-4, This Is Us remains the strongest scripted show on broadcast network television.  Utilizing 18 episodes vs. the conventional 22-24, TIU and its bloated ensemble pack a lot of action into each 60 minute entry (or 42 minutes if one counts the chincy networks' demands for allowing commercials).

Please note This Is Us is a returning show, so this table only holds data up through the 2019-20 television season.  To see how This is Us rated year to year against its competition, cruise through TVRG's Ratings History database as it has television data from 1950 through the present!

The mysterious pilot dropped a 2.8 demo upon debut, well into the leagues of hit shows like Empire and The Big Bang Theory.  The debut season dropped a new mystery or wrinkle in every episode, leaving viewers clamoring to return and dig for more clues.  Rather than resorting to plot-driven criminal elements and horrendous events like car crashes and shootings, TIU turned to realism instead and offered mysteries like Rebecca knowing of Randall's birth father and what happened to Jack.  In between the big three were profiled through adolescence and teenage years, painting new layers and dimensions to these already rich characters.  Ratings in the fall maintained solidly in the mid 2.0 18-49 demo ratings, and January windfalls saw the series crack the 3.0 threshold for the first time following Toby's heart attack.  NBC chose not to exploit TIU's success and stretching to May like FOX did with Empire and ended mid-March, striking a then-series-high 3.4.

Season 2 returned swinging in September 2017 to another unprecedented high at 3.9, only bested by The Big Bang Theory in scripted performance.  Another season low came at the start of November Sweeps with a 2.0 (ironically coinciding with the start of the infamous #Me Too movement)  This Is Us managed to bounce back by exploring a cliffhanger relating to Kevin's drinking problem.  This could not top the season's big ticket item in plotting as they revealed how Jack died years earlier.  NBC held the Superbowl ticket this February prior to the Olympics and wisely chose this episode to reveal the heartbreaking development.  Season 2 finished with an impressive 12.7% gain averaging 3.07 with this episode.  Subtracting the Superbowl airing, it maintained steady with slight improvements over the prior season with 2.70 vs. 2.68.

With its big ticket item spent and viewers rewarded, Season 3 experienced noticeable drops.  Showrunners chose to make the focal point of the season exploring Jack's story in Vietnam, as well as Kate's futile attempts to conceive.  Critically acclaimed indeed, they couldn't hold a candle to the prior season's masterful mystery.  Making a heralded 3.0 debut in September 2018, Season 3 scraped below the 2.0 mark by November Sweeps.  The winter showings hovered just below the 2.0 line, with the season as expected suffering a massive loss of 34.5%.  A contributing factor is speculated with the trending three-episode special events in February which often focused on each of the big three and left several cast members noticeably absent.

Season 4 continued to see losses with its debut "Strangers" down 40% from the prior season.  Again, this episode showcased four unknown characters monopolizing screen time and the beloved favorites crammed into tiny scenes at conclusion.  Perhaps it should have been titled "Umm, Who Are They!?" as confused viewers were wondering where the cast was.  While well-constructed, showrunners perhaps should have waited till episode 2 to unveil this mystery which paid homage to the mysterious premiere.  Following the trend of the prior two seasons, November Sweeps again tunneled lower into the 1.0 range except January did not present bountiful gains.   Another three-episode special draped February, following a two-week break resulting in a disastrous 1.1 series low.  The next episode bounced back to a 1.4 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of America, and the series bowed out with an improved 1.7 for the finale full of reveals and new twists.  Will Season 5 bounce back for This Is Us, or will it see this critical darling lose more than 25% of its audience again?

Check out the EVERY EPISODE, EVERY RATING LIBRARY to see other shows profiled.


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Us_(season_1)
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Us_(season_2)
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Us_(season_3)
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Us_(season_4)

Sunday Cable Ratings 4/26/20: Homeland Bows Out with a Season High, City of Angels Starts Dreadfully

Below are the top 25 programs on cable plus highlights. Items of note include the series finale of Homeland on Showtime, the series premiere of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels on Showtime, and Killing Eve on AMC and BBC America.
(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
The Last DanceESPN2.275.24
The Last DanceESPN2.14.80
Before 90 DaysTLC1.23.93
Before 90 Day: Pillow TalkTLC0.582.24
Buddy vs DuffFood0.411.55
The Last DanceESPN-20.390.90
Real Housewives of AtlantaFood0.391.30
The Last DanceESPN-20.360.86
Diners, Drive-Ins & DivesFood0.341.22
Naked & AfraidDiscovery0.341.45
Diners, Drive-Ins & DivesFood0.331.36
Beat Bobby FlayFood0.281.05
Bar RescueParamount0.280.74
Naked & AfraidDiscovery0.281.27
Three Busy DebrasAdult Swim0.270.50
Diners, Drive-Ins & DivesFood0.261.13
When Calls The HeartHallmark0.262.67
Diners, Drive-Ins & DivesFood0.240.96
Pioneer WomanFood0.231.16
Beef HouseAdult Swim0.230.41
House in a HurryHGTV0.231.18
Girl Meets FarmFood0.221.12

Highlights Below the Chart:

When Hope CallsHallmark0.171.81
Raven's HomeDisney0.150.48
Killing EveAMC0.140.54
Killing EveBBC America0.10.33
Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsShowtime0.040.45