Summer Renew/Cancel Week 19: Holey Moley Upgraded Again

The summer is just about over, and there is just one summer renew/cancel left after this one. As for now, keep on reading to see what I have to say about the recently-concluded Holey Moley.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/16/20: Archer Returns Ahead of Season 10 Average, Tucker Carlson Leads in Viewers as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Tops 18-49 Demo

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/16/20. Items of note include the season premiere of Archer on FXX, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS.(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

ABC Updates Fall 2020 Schedule (UPDATED with Drama Premieres)

ABC has followed CBS's lead, announcing tweaks to its fall programming schedule as scripted programs are delayed due to COVID-19. In addition, premiere dates for previously-scheduled programs have been announced.

Wednesday TV Ratings 9/16/20: Academy of Country Music Awards Drop Harshly but Wins the Night, Notre Dame Special Flops


Stumptown Canceled, Reversing Prior Renewal

Even with the show's prior renewal, Cobie Smulders' Dex Parios won't be appearing on ABC next season, as Stumptown has been canceled after one season. It's said that the show's big delays in production due to the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the decision. It will instead be shopped to other networks. Despite heavy promotion, the show was one of the lowest-rated scripted programs on the network this season. It premiered to a so-so 0.7 and went as low as 0.4 in its eighteen episodes. Despite this, Stumptown was a solid performer in delayed and streaming viewing, which put the show on the bubble. In the end, that wasn't enough to save it. Alongside Smulders, the show features Camryn Manheim, Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, and Tantoo Cardinal in main roles. You can find the ratings for Stumptown here.

Rebel Ordered to Series by ABC

Rebel has been ordered to series by ABC. The legal drama centers on Annie "Rebel" Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. This funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost. It is based on the life of Erin Brockovich, and Brockovich is attached as a producer. Katey Sagal is signed on to star alongside Andy Garcia, John Corbett, James Lesure, Tamala Jones, Lex Scott Davis and Ariela Barer.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/15/20: NBA Playoffs Continue to Dominate, Tucker Carlson and Hannity Round Out Top 5 as NHL Also Scores, CNN Mostly Rebounds, Morning Joe Jumps

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/1/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and NHL on NBCSN.
(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 9/15/20: Trump Town Hall Does Decently, Transplant Rises After Down AGT, Big Brother Leads on Special Night (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Self-proclaimed "ratings machine" President Donald Trump sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos for a special 90-minute town hall and delivered a pretty respectable 0.6 A18-49 rating. Trump stuck to his word regarding his ability to conjure up Nielsens by doubling the 'Modern Family' repeat (0.3) that came before it. After the Trump town hall came a 10:30pm repeat of 'The Conners' (0.3) that shed half its lead-in. Considering the president's rosy history with Roseanne Barr, it probably wasn't the best scheduling move to have the Barr-less spinoff lead out of a program featuring the Donald. 

While Trump pulled solid numbers, it was 'Big Brother' (1.0) that once more took the top spot of the night. The CBS program shed a tenth from its last episode but continues to be of the few shows to consistently pull ratings in this vicinity. 'Love Island' (0.5) gained a precious tenth at 9pm but a 10pm repeat of 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.2) fell dramatically from there. 

NBC received a welcome surprise as new drama 'Transplant' (0.5) actually gained a tenth in its third week. It managed to do so even as its 'America's Got Talent' lead-in (0.7) lost a tenth. This definitely puts 'Transplant' in a far better position than it was two weeks ago. Fox remained in repeat-mode with 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.3) and 'Prodigal Son' (0.2). The CW had steady editions of 'Dead Pixels' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1).

Finals Update: Big Brother (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of The Conners (-0.1) adjusted down.

Fox Renew/Cancel #0 [2020-21]: A Look Ahead & Pre-Season Predictions

 Predictions for 9/15/20

Photo Credit: Fox TV. 

Welcome to the first Fox renew/cancel post of the 2020-21 television season. With most scripted shows on the Fox network debuting in a week or two, here's a look at what their chances of returning for another season are. 


Certain Cancel

Likely Cancel 


Likely Renewal

Certain Renewal 


Cosmos: Possible Worlds (Ended)

L.A.’s Finest

Bless the Harts

Family Guy


Filthy Rich

Bob’s Burgers





The Simpsons















The Cartoons (Simpsons, Bob's, Harts, Fam Guy): Of the handful of scripted shows debuting in September and October, a solid half are part of the longtime "Animation Domination" block. Although it's very clear that The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers have seen better days, there is little reason to believe they are in any danger of being on the chopping block. All three have been on the network for at least a full decade and continue to pull passable Nielsen ratings. Barring an unprecedented viewership decline or outside factors coming into play, these toons will continue to capitalize on the NFL boost in the fall months and remain in decent territory without that assistance. They all begin in the "Certain Renewal" category. 

Sophomore animated sitcom Bless the Harts starts one notch below the veterans in the "Likely Renewal" section. The Kristen Wiig series consistently under-performed in fall 2019, barely ever retaining more than 50% of its Simpsons lead-in on nights when a football overrun boosted the lineup. But while its ratings are far from solid, Fox seems determined to grow their portfolio in the animation industry. This is evident by the fact that they renewed another low-rated cartoon sitcom (Duncanville) and even handed a second season to one that has yet to air an episode (The Great North). Taking that into account, it's unlikely they would want to get rid of 'Bless the Harts' so soon. But until we see how it performs this time around, 'Harts' will remain a likely (but not certain) renewal. 

The Newbies (Next, Filthy Rich, LA's Finest): The three new dramas premiering on the Fox network all begin in the "Tossup" category. There's no way to tell if Filthy Rich, Next, and LA's Finest will surprise or disappoint until they debut on their respective air-dates. Until then, they all remain in limbo. 

Cosmos: Possible Worlds: Originally set to air in the spring of 2019, Cosmos: Possible Worlds was delayed indefinitely after sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Now that Tyson has been cleared of those charges, the series will finally debut over a year later in fall 2020. Considering it has already aired on the National Geographic network, it's difficult to figure out how to deal with this one's status. Given that 'Cosmos' came out in March 2014 and then went off the air for half a decade, there's no telling if those working on the program will decide to continue to produce 'Cosmos' or end the series here. To put it bluntly, 'Cosmos' seems more like a special event series than a traditional one that has its fate determined by mid-May. For that reason, it resides in the "Cancelled" section with the clarification that it has technically completed its run beforehand. We may see another iteration of 'Cosmos' in the future but there's no telling when or where. It's possible that Fox may not have even aired this in a world without Covid-19 but simply needed prerecorded programming to fill up the schedule because of the pandemic. 

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United We Fall Canceled by ABC

United We Fall has, well, fallen. The rookie sitcom has been canceled by ABC after a single season. It was a solid-enough performer for ABC and kept the lights on during the low-rated summer. The show averaged a 0.5 in its eight episodes, but wasn't owned by ABC and was clearly not a network favorite. The show premiered on July 15 and ended on August 26, 2020. The show starred Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin and Guillermo Diaz. This was a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/14/20: American Dad! Down for 300th Episode, NFL Monday Night Football and Halloween Baking Championship Open Down from 2019 Starts, We Are Who We Are and The Third Day Bomb

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/14/20. Items of note include the 300th episode of American Dad! on TBS, the miniseries premiere of We Are Who We Are on HBO, and the premiere of 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.)

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/13/20: Halloween Wars Starts Heavily Down, NBA Playoffs Go Low vs. NFL, Lovecraft Country Rises, MLB Has OK Result

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/13/20. Items of note include the season premiere of Halloween Wars on Food Network, Power Book II: Ghost on Starz, and Lovecraft Country on HBO.
(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 9/12/20: Coastal Elites Flops, NBA Playoffs Remain Dominant, Judge Jeanine Rises, Amphibia and Big City Greens Steady After Week Off

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/12/20. Items of note include the movie premiere of Coastal Elites on HBO, Amphibia on Disney Channel, and the NBA Playoffs on ESPN.
(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 9/14/20: Dancing with Stars Returns Strong with Contestant Carole Baskin, American Ninja Warrior and Love Island Drop (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The first fall season premiere made its way onto the airwaves last night in incredibly solid fashion. The 29th season premiere of ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' managed a robust 1.3 rating, going a whopping three-tenths above its fall 2019 starting point (1.0). On top of that, the longtime reality series actually beat out every single rating from last season. One would have to go back to 2017 to find an episode with a higher rating than this one. Dropping Tom Bergeron as host in favor of Tyra Banks was definitely a controversial move but it seems like viewers were still intrigued enough to tune in. Although 'Dancing' scored a major win, the 'Vote or Miss Out' special (0.4) that came after it completely squandered that sturdy lead-in. 

Over on NBC, a disappointing season of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5) got even worse in week 2. The series shed a tenth from last week's miserable start and continues to trail what it was doing last year. 'Dateline' (0.4) also lost a tenth from its last episode at 10. CBS's 'Love Island' (0.4) fell a tick from its Sunday episode surrounded by repeats of 'The Neighborhood' (0.4), 'Young Sheldon' (0.3), and 'Bull' (0.4). Fox went with the 2016 film 'Patriots Day' (0.3) and got the same result as week-ago 'Draft Day'. The CW performed well enough by its standards with repeats of 'Whose Line' (0.2/0.2) and 'Penn & Teller' (0.2).

Finals Update: Repeats of Whose Line? (-0.1 each) and Penn & Teller: Fool Us (-0.1) adjusted down.

Friday Cable Ratings 9/11/20: NBA Playoffs Dominate, Tucker Carlson and NHL Round Out Nightly Top 5

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/11/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and 9/11 specials on History.
(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.)

Cable Renew/Cancel - TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central & FXX: TBS’s Move to Reality is an Unmitigated Disaster - Plus, COVID Spurs Multiple Downgrades

We went all summer without a Renew/Cancel for TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central and FXX, and it's really about time there's an update. TBS has been busy rolling out a new programming strategy, while other networks have been busy canceling shows. Keep reading to see where the TBS newbies land initially, and which shows are being downgraded thanks to the COVID crisis.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Renewed for Three Seasons

HBO's acclaimed late night comedy program Last Week Tonight, hosted by John Oliver, has been picked up for three more seasons. This pickup will week it on the air through a tenth season in 2023. This is not an unusual length for a pickup for the show - when it was last renewed in 2017, the pickup was also for three seasons, which brought it through the current seventh season. Over the course of its run, Last Week Tonight has amassed sixteen Emmy victories and it's nominated for a further nine awards this year alone. Oliver's show debuted in 2014 and aired over two hundred episodes, and has been a strong ratings performer since. This season, the show averaged a 0.22, larger than just about every show that has aired before it and making it one of HBO's highest-rated shows. You can see the full ratings for season seven below:

Sunday TV Rating 9/13/20: Masked Singer Preview Rises from 2019, Sunday Night Football Down from 2019 Start (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: As the fall season slowly starts to creep in, Fox rolled out a preview special of the upcoming season of 'The Masked Singer' (1.3). It was just a tenth below what the sneak peek managed in 2019 (1.4) but also had a slightly stronger lead-in from The OT then the year prior (4.0 vs. 3.7). The NFL lead-in juice trickled away as the night went on with a 9pm Fall preview (0.6) retaining less than half of 'Singer'. But the 9:30 'Family Guy' repeat (0.4) was a notch higher than usual. 

Fox's 'NFL Overrun' (4.9) ended up matching the 'Cowboys v. Rams' game (4.9) over on NBC for the top spot of the night. The peacock network started their night with a solid 'Football Night in America' (1.8). Likely boosted by football overrun, CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.9) went a whopping four-tenths above its last original. Lead-out 'Big Brother' (1.0) was also two-tenths above last Sunday's data point. And 'Love Island' (0.5) improved a bit from last Sunday but held steady with its Friday rating. 

The networks not boosted by the NFL stayed in fairly tepid territory. ABC had a trio of 0.4s with 'AFV' and game show repeats. 'Match Game' (0.3) once more deviated from the pack with a 10pm repeat. The CW's 'Fridge Wars' (0.1) held even and led into a 'Supernatural' repeat (0.1).

Finals Update: NFL Overrun (+3.0), Big Brother (+0.1) and The Masked Singer Sneak Peek (+0.3) adjusted up. 60 Minutes (-0.1) and The OT (-0.1) adjusted down.

Saturday TV Ratings 9/12/20: College Football Opens on Top, 48 Hours Returns Low Behind Love Island: More to Love, NHL Beats MLB for Second Place (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After NBC dominated last week with NHL hockey, ABC took the lead last night with the Clemson v. Wake Forest college football game (0.7). The peacock network themselves trailed with their 'Golden Knights v. Stars' game (0.4) and fell dramatically from what their hockey game managed a week prior (0.9). Fox was a hair behind with MLB Baseball (0.3). CBS went with a repeat of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.2) and an incredibly dismal 'Love Island' special (0.1). That was followed by a feeble season premiere of '48 Hours' (0.2).

Finals Update: College Football: Clemson v. Wake Forest (+0.2) adjusted up.

Friday TV Ratings 9/11/20: 9/11 Remembered Special Performs Modestly, Love Island and 20/20 Rise (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: It was a slightly more interesting Friday evening for broadcast as ABC swapped out 'Shark Tank' repeats in favor of a '9/11 Remembered' special (0.3). The telecast was a hair below the usual 'Shark Tank' encore but still did okay by Friday summer standards. That says more about how far Nielsen ratings have fallen then the actual strength of the special in question. But there was brighter news for the alphabet network later in the night as '20/20' (0.5) enjoyed a three-tenth spike when compared to its last original. 

CBS's 'Love Island' (0.5) somehow managed to rise a tenth to a new season high despite being sandwiched between mediocre encores of 'MacGyver' (0.4) and 'Blue Bloods' (0.3). It's quite surprising that it can do better with a repeat lead-in than a 1.0+ 'Big Brother' but it goes to show that the series is likely lead-in independent. 

Fox remained unmatched as the Friday night champion with a steady 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6). NBC's 'Dateline' (0.4) ticked up after an 'America's Got Talent' repeat (0.3). And another double-pump of the CW's 'Being Reuben' (0.0/0.0) was stable with last week but was once more outperformed by repeats of 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1/0.1) that aired before.

Finals Update: 9/11 Remembered (+0.1) and 20/20 (+0.1) adjusted up.

CNN Continues To Look Bad In The Ratings As President Trump’s Interview Tops The Week In Most Important Metric

Thursday Cable Ratings 9/10/20: Tucker Carlson Leads in Viewers, NBA Playoffs Drop Versus NFL

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/3/20. Items of note include NBA Playoffs on TNT, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Lost Resort on TBS.
(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 9/10/20: Holey Moley Ends Down, NFL Opens Down from 2019 (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The monotonous stream of ratings in the 0.2-0.5 range was finally interrupted as the NFL returned to NBC in momentous fashion with the Texans v. Chiefs game (5.4). This was a full ratings point behind where football began in 2019 (a preliminary 6.4 for a Packers v. Bears game) but still felt like a refreshing jolt of energy after a summer where few programs could even come near a 1.0 rating. The game was preceded by the NFL Kickoff (4.1).

The other networks didn't have the luxury of football help and most of them stayed frozen at fairly tepid levels. CBS's 'Big Brother' (1.0) remained a stand-out, holding steady with its previous outing and continuing to remain at or above a 1.0 A18-49 rating. That momentum once more disappeared at 9 as 'Love Island' (0.4) shed over half of its 'Brother' lead-in despite remaining even with its prior episode. A lowly 'Bull' repeat (0.3) closed the night out.

ABC housed the season finale of reality-competition series 'Holey Moley' (0.4) and followed up with a 9pm 'Moley' special (0.3). It was a rotten new season and series low for the sophomore program at the worst possible moment. Regardless, it's easy to see how it may have been hurt by the NFL competition and it was really only a tenth below its 2019 closer (0.5). The alphabet network ended the night with a Paige Winter special focusing on her shark attack (0.3). It performed about as well as one could expect from something airing in the 10pm slot during the late summer months. 

Fox backed away from the original game and went with a repeat of '24 Hours to Hell & Back' (0.3) and a pair of 'Last Man Standing' encores (0.2/0.2). The CW was slightly behind them with repeats of 'Mysteries Decoded' (0.1) and 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.1).

Finals Update: Holey Moley (+0.1), Big Brother (+0.1), NFL Kickoff (+0.2) and NFL: Texans v. Chiefs (+1.3) adjusted up.

Off Topic -- Summer 2020 Thread

Welcome to the summer 2020 thread of Off Topic! Last season, TVRG decided to suspend weekly threads for the summer. This season, we're doing it again! 

Rebecca Presents The Daily, Monthly: August 2020 Edition: Democratic and Republican Conventions and NBA Games Dominate Cable, CBS Dominates as Big Brother Returns

It's a bit of a delayed update, but it's time for my monthly ratings update The Daily, Monthly. Here, I take a look at what won each night in the previous month, painting a picture of what ratings were like during the month and which networks and shows were thriving (and which aren't). August was a big month for live events, and also featured the return of a reliable summer staple. Keep reading to see how the month shook out.

Morning Joe - September, October, November and December 2020 Ratings

Below are the ratings for the September 2020 airings of NBC's staple morning news program, Morning Joe, airing from 6am to 9am daily. Hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, the show debuted on MSNBC in 2007 and has been a strong viewership performer since. Ratings for October, November and December 2020 will follow as the months arrive.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/9/20: NBA Playoffs On Top Again, Hannity Remains Ahead of Tucker Carlson, Full Frontal Rises

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/9/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on ESPN, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, and NHL on NBCSN.
(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/8/20: Maddow Leads in Viewers for Cohen Interview, Hard Knocks Hits Season High for Finale, NBA Playoffs Dominate

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/1/20. Items of note include the season finale  of Hard Knocks on HBO, the NBA Playoffs on TNT, and The Rachel Maddow Show 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.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 9/9/20: 48 Hours: Suspicion Starts Far Lower Than Previous Tiger King Special,, Big Brother Rises (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Following in the footsteps of Fox's TMZ special (that garnered a robust 1.0 rating), CBS decided to cash in on the 'Tiger King' hysteria with a special of their own in the form of '48 Hours: Suspicion' (0.3). The '48 Hours' outing debuted in pretty feeble territory, losing a tenth from a stable 'Love Island' (0.4) before it. While the Fox special had a much stronger lead-in (1.5), this is still a pretty unsatisfactory result that may signal the hype for the Netflix series has died down. CBS started the night with longtime juggernaut 'Big Brother' (1.0), the series lost a tenth from its last Wednesday episode but rose from its Sunday airing. 

NBC's own powerhouse 'America's Got Talent' (0.6) couldn't hold a candle to CBS's 8pm effort but at least held stable with its last installment. It led into a very low-rated 'Inspire Change' special (0.2) and a 'Chicago Fire' repeat (0.2). Fox managed to beat out the peacock network's encores with a duo of 'MasterChef' repeats (0.4/0.4). ABC fell behind them with a set of six comedy repeats (0.4/0.3/0.3/0.3/0.3/0.2). The CW gained a tick with 'The 100' (0.2) but was frozen at 0.1 with 'Coroner'. 

Finals Update: Big Brother (+0.1) and 48 Hours: Suspicion (+0.1) adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/7/20: American Dad! Jumps, NBA Playoff Games Lead, Amy Schumer Learns to Cook Ends Down, Morning Joe Goes Low

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/7/20. Items of note include American Dad! on TBS, the finale of Amy Schumer Learns to Cook on Food Network, and the NBA Playoffs on TNT.
(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 9/6/20: Power Book II: Ghost Opens Solidly, P-Valley Finale and Lovecraft Country Slide, 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After Tops Night

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/6/20. Items of note include the series premiere of Power Book II: Ghost and the season finale of P-Valley on Starz, and Lovecraft Country on HBO.
(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 9/5/20: NBA Playoffs Remain on Top, Justice with Judge Jeanine Steady

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/5/20. Items of note include NBA Playoffs on TNT, Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, and College Football on ESPN.
(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.)

The Walking Dead to End

It's been quite a ride, but The Walking Dead's run will be coming to an end. The show, which set ratings records for AMC, will wrap with a massive 24-episode-long eleventh season. While the show was once massive, it's dropped significantly in recent seasons as it's lost star Andrew Lincoln, but it's still remained one of the top shows on cable with a 1.13 in the 18-49 rating for the tenth season (you can see full ratings below). The Walking Dead debuted in 2010 and has since aired 146 episodes. By the end of its run, it will have aired over 175 episodes. The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, among many others.

In addition to the show's ending, it was also announced that a spinoff centering on the characters of Daryl (Reedus) and Carol (McBride) will be coming to AMC after The Walking Dead ends.

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/8/20: What Would You Do? Ends Down, Transplant Steady as AGT Dips (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: As the summer television season slowly begins to wind down, ABC bid adieu to sorely mistreated 'What Would You Do?' (0.3/0.3) with a 2-hour finale event. The John Quiñones program shed a tenth from its previous episode but had very little help from the pair of 'Modern Family' repeats (0.3/0.3) that came before it. 

NBC's fading juggernaut 'America's Got Talent' (0.7) lost a tenth from its last installment but remained unchallenged as the night's top performer. Lead-out drama 'Transplant' (0.4) actually managed to hold steady with last week's premiere, making it look marginally more impressive than a week prior. 

CBS had a flat 'Love Island' (0.3) at 9pm that led out of an 'NCIS' repeat (0.4) and into a 'FBI: Most Wanted' encore (0.2). Fox had a sturdy 'Hell's Kitchen' repeat (0.4) but received little traction from a NFL preview special (0.2). At the very least, it was a tenth above Sunday's special. Let's hope these numbers are not indicative of what's to come for football ratings. The CW was even across the board with 'Dead Pixels' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1). A 'Dead Pixels' (0.1) repeat bridged the gap between the two.

Finals Update: America's Got Talent (+0.1) and Love Island (+0.1) adjusted up.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians Ending with 20th Season

E! Network's signature series is coming to an end next year. After 14 years and 20 seasons, America will no longer be Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show made its titular family into household names, garnering massive ratings for E! and becoming one of cable's most successful reality series. Numerous spinoffs starring the Kardashian sisters and significant others of the family members, including Kris Jenner's ex-spouse Caitlyn. By the end of its run, the cultural phenomenon will have aired nearly 300 episodes.

Friday Cable Ratings 9/4/20: NBA Playoff Games Lead in Demo and Viewers, Vegas Revue Steady, Down Tucker Carlson Leads Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/4/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on ESPN and TNT, RuPaul's Drag Race Vegas Revue on VH1, and Room 104 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.)

Monday TV Ratings 9/7/20: American Ninja Warrior Returns Weak, Bachelor GOAT Ends Stable (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After being off for nearly a solid year, NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.6) found its way back to the airwaves with a resounding thud. This went several tenths below its 1.0 season finale and two-tenths below its series low (0.8). The peacock network's disappointing night capped off with a 'Dateline' repeat (0.4).

Despite the unsatisfactory start for 'Ninja Warrior', it still did well enough to outperform all other programs. CBS's 'Love Island' (0.3) shed a tenth from its previous original while sandwiched between repeats of 'The Neighborhood' (0.4), 'Young Sheldon' (0.4), and 'Bull' (0.3). Fox went with the 2014 film 'Draft Day' (0.3) and got a pretty tepid result. ABC's 'Bachelor Presents' (0.2) ended steady with its pathetic series low. And the CW had a pair of 'Penn & Teller' repeats (0.1/0.1).

Finals Update: The 10 PM repeat on CBS (-0.1) adjusted down.

The TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database

Welcome to the TV Ratings Guide's Cable Ratings Database! Here, you'll find the ratings for many cable shows, all of which are covered by us in our daily cable ratings posts. The shows are categorized by the days that they air, and they can all be found below. New shows will be added as they premiere, so don't forget to tune back in every once in a while. Just click on each show below and it will take you to that show's ratings page.

Frances in the Kitchen Season 1 Episode 4 - Contest in the Kitchen

Frances in the Kitchen Season 1, Episode 3
Contest in the Kitchen

Frances, Marcia and Jane are sitting in Beverly’s office.
Beverly: So guys, there’s a very special day coming next month.
Jane: Oh my god, you still get your period at your age? That’s incredible!
Beverly: No, you idiot.
Marcia: Is next month our tenth anniversary?
Beverly: You basically hit the nail on the head.
Marcia: I often do.
Frances: It’s our anniversary?
Beverly: It’s when we’re filming our anniversary show, at least. Our actual anniversary is in two months.
Marcia: You’re forgetting our show’s anniversary like every man forgets his wedding anniversary.
Beverly: Did Howard do that this year?
Marcia: Yes. Bastard.
Frances: I don’t know where my head’s been lately. My family’s been taking up most of my time. Every day it’s another problem. Lauren went back to school last week. Well, “school.” It’s not really school if you’re mostly studying the performing arts. She’s trying, though. I just wish I didn’t have to hear about it all day every day. I want to have a nice night with my husband where we talk about our days but they’re always around talking about their days at work. Did you know Louise’s bank just got in a new order of Millard Fillmore dollar coins? I know because I’ve heard about it about ten times.
Beverly: Whoa, I don’t recall asking for a monologue.
Frances: Well that’s what you got!
Beverly: Anyway, do you guys have any ideas for what to do to celebrate?
Jane: Don’t you get paid to do that? You are the producer, after all. Co-producer. Frances also produces the show and she created it and it has her name on it. I was hoping she’d have some ideas for an anniversary celebration but she didn’t even know it was the anniversary so my hopes are quite low now.
Frances: Joke’s on you! I… got nothing.
Marcia: What if we get DeAnna to appear with Frances! A fun “bury the hatchet” kinda thing to celebrate the big anniversary.
Frances: My mind has been elsewhere lately but it’s not completely gone. Unlike yours, apparently. You really think I’d ever agree to that?
Beverly: It’s a damn good idea.
Frances: No, it is not!
Beverly: Just think of it. We’d get huge publicity for the tenth anniversary. It could seriously bring in our biggest ratings ever.
Frances: I have to see her around her anyway. What’s a day of filming together?
Beverly: You’ll really do it?
Frances: If DeAnna agrees. But I won’t let either of you live this down. You own me one.
Marcia: I don’t benefit from this at all! Why me?
Frances: You thought of it in the first place! Jane’s the only one that had nothing to do with this torture!
Jane: No comment.
Frances: Oh no, you think it’s a good idea, too? I feel betrayed.
Beverly: We need more than this for such a big moment, though.
Jane: Hear me out. We have a food fight.
Beverly: That’s asinine.
Frances: Not if I get to throw a cake at DeAnna’s face.
Beverly: I was thinking more along the lines of a contest for our fans.
Frances: So you asked us for our ideas for the anniversary show when you had one all along?
Marcia: Typical Beverly!
Jane: At least she used your idea!
Frances: What kind of contest are you thinking, Bev?
Beverly: We could have our viewers send in messages expressing why they’re the biggest Frances in the Kitchen super fans for a chance to appear with you on the anniversary show.
Frances: That’s actually not bad.
Beverly: I know. I impressed myself.
Marcia: Our anniversary is being filmed next month and we’ll need the contest to last for at least a little while. How are we gonna have time to announce a contest before we film the anniversary?
Beverly: We can just film Frances announcing the contest and tack on that video to the end of this week’s episodes. No biggie!
Frances: I guess we’d better film that pretty soon, then. It is two days before the next episode airs, you know.
Beverly: We can film it first thing tomorrow. It’s getting pretty late, I should let you all get home.
Jane: Yeah, Frances. We better get home to hear Jimmy’s rants about the lady who comes into Target to complain that they don’t have the new Sex and the City movie on DVD yet or the right variety of tea.
Frances: I’m so sick of hearing about that woman that I might just have a stakeout in the Target parking lot and mow her down.
Marcia: I keep forgetting that you two live together now.
Jane: Just temporarily. I’m hunting for apartments right now.
Marcia: We’ll see about that.
That night, at Frances’ house…
Frances: So today, Beverly gave me some big news.
Lauren: I have big news, too! They’re putting on a production of Little Shop of Horrors at school and I got the role of Audrey…’s understudy.
Jimmy: That’s a start, good for you!
Lauren: Thank you. They said I was the best actress but my singing voice was just not the best and everyone sees Little Shop of Horrors for Suddenly, Seymour so that’s why I lost the role.
Louise: That’s a load of bull! You’re a drama student, not a music student. They should base the role on who can act!
Greg: It is a musical and not a play. I know the difference because I auditioned for Bye Bye Birdie in school and I was ridiculed even though I had some acting chops that were not to be denied!
Louise: I wish there was video of that audition.
Lauren: Their explanation makes sense to me, mom. Don’t worry, though. The drama department is doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream next month and I can get the lead role in that.
Louise: I still don’t like them denying your star power. It’s not right.
Lauren: They’re not doing anything of the sort. They just don’t think I’m the best pick for this role. I can accept that.
Louise: Well, I can’t! I’m going down to talk to them.
Lauren: Please do not.
Frances: I hate to interrupt this, but I was talking first.
Lauren: You were? I’m sorry, Aunt Frances.
Jimmy: She was probably going to tell us something about how much she hates DeAnna. We already know that. Now, Jill came back to Target today, this time to complain that the pack of gum that she bought didn’t taste fruity enough. Get a life, woman!
Frances: Do any of you even care what I have to say?
Greg: I care!
Jane: So do It!
Louise: Oh my god! You’ve been so quiet that I forgot you lived here.
Jane: I actually live here more than you do since you guys all live in the guest house.
Frances: Guest cottage!
Louise: Do you want to play that game, Jane? At least we’re family.
Lauren: Be nice, mom.
Frances: Family, not family, doesn’t matter. You’re all equally driving me to alcoholism.
Louise: Oh, fine. Tell your story if you’re gonna act like a baby.
Greg: Finally! I’ve been waiting to hear you tell us what your news is!
Louise: It’ll be disappointing, I just know it.
Greg: Be quiet, Louise!
Frances: Thank you! I wanted to tell you that the tenth anniversary of Frances in the Kitchen is just about here.
Louise: That’s it?
Lauren: Mom, you’re being very rude. Again.
Frances: Don’t worry, I was expecting that.
Louise: You were hyping it up so much, I just thought it would be something bigger.
Frances: Sorry to. Disappoint. I was simply trying to say that it was making me think about my future in the TV business.
Greg: What are you thinking about? Are you leaving the show?
Frances:. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to be my trophy husband. I’m not going anywhere.
Greg: That’s good. I know you love your show, I was afraid something’s changed and I didn’t know since we never get to talk.
Jimmy: Is that a jab at us? I’m sorry we take up all your time.
Greg: No, that’s not what I meant at all.
Frances: Well…
Jimmy: So it is!
Lauren: I mean, I can see Aunt Frances’s point. We talk a lot.
Greg: Thank you! You were always the sensible one.
Louise: Go to your room, Lauren.
Lauren: I’m an adult. And I don’t even have a room. I sleep on the couch.
Jane: Hey, so do I!
Frances: I’m losing control of my own conversation all over again. Good god.
Greg: I’m sorry, I’ll be quiet.
Frances: I didn’t mean you.
Louise: I’ll try, but I’m not making promises.
Frances: I don’t plan on ending Frances in the Kitchen anytime soon, but I want to know that there’s something for me in the TV world down the line. I don’t want this to be the only thing I do in my career and once you get this far along, you kinda start to worry that that’ll happen. Anyone can give any input they’d like. I am opening the floor for comments, questions and concerns.
Greg: I don’t really think you have anything to worry about. You’re a huge star. If you ever want to move on to something bigger and better, that door’s always open. Any other network would be lucky to have you.
Lauren: And even if they won’t, I’ll be a big star by then anyway so I can force a network to hire you as my co-star.
Frances: I’m screwed.
The next day, at the studio lot…
DeAnna: Frances! I just talked to Beverly!
Frances: Ugh. It’s too early to see you. My day’s already shot to hell.
DeAnna: That’s no way to treat your future co-star!
Frances: You’re doing a quick appearance at the end of my anniversary show. You’re not my co-star. The only person that will ever have that title is Marcia. Don’t you have actual work to do?
Lola (studio tour guide): You guys are in for a rare treat! Ms. DeAnna Clifton and Mrs. Frances Conner are both here.
Frances: What is this?
Lola: Mrs. Conner!
Frances: It’s Frances.
Lola: Well, Frances. Ms. Clifton suggested that we start up tours at the studio again and Mr. Holmes agreed. I used to be a security guard but I’m a tour guide now. I’m just doing a run-through before tours start today.
Frances: Oh, okay. I thought they let a homeless person with a few loose screws onto the set again.
Lola: That happened before?
Frances: Yeah, DeAnna.
DeAnna: I resent that statement!
Jane: Oh, be quiet you old bully.
DeAnna: Oh good, Tweedledum is here.
Jane: Joke’s on you because I don’t know what that is.
DeAnna: It’s a literary character, I wouldn’t expect you to now.
Frances: She’s calling you dumb, honey.
Jane: I mean, I figured that. When DeAnna’s around, just assume she’s being mean.
Lola: I’m gonna get going.
Frances: Yeah, that would be for the best I’d think.
DeAnna: You never let me tell you the big news!
Jane: Is this actual big news or is it like Frances’s news last night?
DeAnna: I wasn’t there last night, you idiot.
Frances: And thank god for that. I’d rather blow my brains out than have you at my house.
DeAnna: Well, first I want to accept your gracious offer to be on your show next month.
Frances: I can finally rest easy now. Thank you.
DeAnna: Second, I wanted to tell you that Pedro called from the garage downtown. He said the minivan’s repairs are finished.
Frances: Pedro called you? Why?
Jane: Yeah, he should’ve called me! I’m her assistant.
Frances: You would’ve forgotten to tell me. He should’ve called me.
DeAnna: My number was associated with the car because I’m paying for the repairs. That’s why.
Frances: I guess that makes sense. I can't believe I’m about to say this genuinely but thank you for telling me. Louise can finally stop driving my antique Chevy Nomad to work.
DeAnna: Why does it not surprise me that you have one of those?
Frances: Because I am awesome. Now, I’d better get to work. I have a long day of filming and, unlike you, people actually enjoy what I do so I don’t want to look too exhausted while I’m filming. being around you drains me.
In the studio…
Beverly: Why do you look mad again?
Frances: What do you think?
Beverly: You had to see DeAnna again? I swear that woman does it on purpose.
Frances: She does. She’s pure evil.
Jane: I know I didn’t know who she was like two weeks ago but I think I hate her as much as Frances now. She’s so mean to me.
Marcia: You have her picture on a dartboard in your office?
Frances: Shh! Don’t tell anyone about that! Charlie would get mad.
Beverly: What did she have to say on this fine morning?
Frances: Apparently, we’re going to have visitors from now on because Charlie’s doing studio tours now.
Beverly: What an idiot.
Frances: There’s more. This was all DeAnna’s idea.
Beverly: If Charlie weren’t gayer than a rainbow Christmas tree, I’d think they were having an affair.
Jane: Maybe they’re related!
Frances: Do demons have family?
Beverly: I think DeAnna’s delayed our filming enough today. Let’s get to work, girls.
Frances: The less I gotta think about her, the better.
Beverly: Here’s the script for the contest announcement. It’s not that funny and I’m sorry but I figure you can add your Frances flare to it. Oh, Marcia, you’re in it, too.
Marcia: Wow. I really am moving up the ladder. From sidekick to a speaking part in a contest announcement.
Beverly: Don’t be a bitch, Marcia. It doesn’t look good on you.
Frances: Yeah, that’s my thing!
Marcia: I was just making a joke.
Frances: This is a very flimsy script. I already finished reading it.
Beverly: Look, I only had one night to work on it. Just improvise, you’ll be fine.
Frances: All right, let’s get ready for filming!
Thirty minutes later, Frances and Marcia walk onto the set and begin filming the contest announcement.
Frances: Hey there, Frances in the Kitchen fans!
Marcia: Or as I call them, Fan-ceses.
Frances: That’s an awful name for a fanbase.
Marcia: You’re just jealous you didn’t come up with it.
Frances: Anyway -
Marcia: Don’t ignore me and change the subject!
Beverly: Cut! I said to improvise, but I didn’t mean this much.
Marcia: Is this not good?
Beverly: Not really, no. This is supposed to be a one-minute announcement.
Marcia: Oh, sorry.
Frances: We’ll do it better. Jane, get me an Earl Grey tea while we do this. I’m gonna need it.
Jane: Will do!
Beverly: Let’s get back to it now. And do better this time.
They start filming again.
Frances: Oh! hey there, fans of Frances in the Kitchen! You may know that it’s a very special time for our show.
Marcia: What time would that be?
Frances: Well, I’ll tell you, Marcia. Calm down.
Marcia: I’m calm, I’m calm.
Frances: Our big tenth anniversary show is just two months away!
Marcia: We’ve been on the air for ten years? No wonder I feel so old.
Frances: Oh, come on. You’re not that old.
Marcia: Aww, thank you.
Frances: Anyway, to my loyal viewers at home, I wanted to tell you about a very special contest we’re putting on here at Frances in the Kitchen. For our tenth anniversary, we’re asking you, our viewers, to send in videos explaining why you’re the biggest fan of Frances in the Kitchen.
Marcia: Your video can be as long or as short as you’d like, but please make sure to tell us your name and your phone number so we can contact you. I think you’ll like the prize for winning.
Frances: One lucky fan who we determine to be our biggest fan will be flown to California and will appear on the tenth anniversary show of Frances in the Kitchen. The contest ends in two weeks and the winner will be informed within two weeks of the contest’s ending. Simply email your recording to the email address below or sent a tape of your video to the address below. It really is that simple! Good luck!
Beverly: Cut! Perfect!
Frances: Really? That felt cheesy.
Beverly: Fits perfectly with the show, let’s film an actual episode now.
Jane: Here’s your tea, Frances!
Frances: Thank you, Jane. I have a question for you.
Jane: Hit me with your best shot! Fire away!
Frances: Do you think Frances in the Kitchen is cheesy?
Jane: No, not at all!
Frances: You weren’t looking at me.
Jane: My sock was riding up. I had to fix it.
Frances: It’s okay. The show is cheesy but that’s fine.
Marcia: It could never be worse than the other shows on this network, just tell yourself that.
Frances: That helps a little, I guess.
Beverly: Come on guys, time to film an actual episode.
Frances: I’m coming. You sure are anxious to watch me make a chicken and cheese quiche.
Three hours later, Frances and Jane exit the studio as a tour is being conducted.
Lola: Oh boy! This is a rare treat. An actual sighting of TBC’s biggest star, Frances Conner. Say hi to her!
Frances: Well, hello everybody!
One woman, Barb, approaches Frances.
Barb: Oh my god, you’re real.
Frances: And that really is my face on your shirt!
Barb: Oh yeah, this old thing. I got it from my son for Christmas. Frances in the Kitchen is my favorite show. It’s what go me through my husband’s death.
Frances: I’m so sorry for your loss.
Barb: Thank you. I can’t even believe you just said that to me. I can’t believe you said anything to me. I’m Barb, by the way.
Lola: Barb, we need to get going. There’s more studio to tour and Ms. Conner needs to get going on her way.
Frances: Oh, me? I don’t have anything better to do. Anyone want an autograph?
Barb: Please, yes.
Frances: Barb. Can I call you Barb or do you have a last name I should use?
Barb: No, Barb is great.
Frances: Okay, Barb. Do me a favor.
Barb: Sure, whatever you say.
Frances: I’m doing a contest.
Barb: For your tenth anniversary? I know that’s coming up.
Frances: Wow, you knew better than me. Yes, that’s what it’s for. I’m doing a contest for the anniversary. Please send in a video of yourself explaining why you’re the biggest fan. Wear that shirt, too. Let me tell ya, you’re a real frontrunner so far. If you do that and win, which I think you will, you get to be on my tenth anniversary show.
Barb: Oh my god, of course I’ll do that. thank you for telling me.
Frances: I look forward to seeing your video!
DeAnna: Is that a tour I see?
Frances: Alright, time to go. Bye, everyone!

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