The Bullpen Season 3 Episode 18: Championship Game/Bar Exam Season 2 Episode 14: Championship Game

 

Friday TV Ratings 10/30/20: WWE SmackDown and Shark Tank Lead, Greatest #AtHome Videos Steady After Week Off (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: On another tepid Friday night, ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.6) and Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) tied for the top program once more. 'Tank' held even with last week while 'WWE' was also steady when compared to its previous installment. The alphabet network completed its night with '20/20' (0.5), the longtime newsmagazine rose a tenth from its week-ago outing. CBS had a stable 'The Greatest #AtHome Videos' (0.4) but lost momentum as the night went on, getting little mileage out of a 'The Deciders' special (0.2) and a 'Blue Bloods' repeat (0.2). A repeat of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.3) and an original 'Dateline' (0.4) both matched what they garnered last week on NBC. The CW had a Halloween-themed '13 Scariest Movies of All Time' special (0.2) and a double-pump of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1).

Finals Update: ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.7, +0.1), Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.7, +0.1), and CBS's 'The Deciders' (0.3, +0.1) all adjusted up. '13 Scariest Movies of All Time' (0.1, -0.1) adjusted down on the CW.

Hunter Biden Allegations Draw Viewers To Tucker Carlson + Predictions on the 2020 Presidential Race

  

FOX News via YouTube

Filthy Rich and NEXT Canceled by Fox

 

Two of broadcast's only new scripted originals this fall have already been canceled. Filthy Rich and NEXT, both Fox dramas, won't be back next season. Both shows have been abysmal performers for Fox, but didn't exactly have much lead-in support. Both are quite early into their runs, with Filthy Rich airing five episodes (of a ten-episode run) and NEXT airing just two. Of the two, Filthy Rich was marginally better in the ratings department with a 0.35 average. NEXT trails it narrowly with a 0.31 average. Filthy Rich, a Louisiana-set soap centering on a family that owns a religious-based TV network as scandal and tragedy upends their lives, starred Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Melia Kreiling and Corey Cott, among others. NEXT, a sci-fi drama about a rogue AI system, stars John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley and Elizabeth Cappuccino, among others. Both series were holdovers from the 2019-20 season, originally ordered in May 2019 before being held to the current TV season, to give Fox something to air amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are correct predictions for The TV Ratings Guide.

Thursday Cable Ratings 10/29/20: Ghost Adventures Strong for Tiger King Special, Tucker Carlson Tonight Stays On Top in Viewers, NFL Rises

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 10/22/20. Items of note include the Ghost Adventures Tiger King Halloween Special on Travel, The Bradshaw Bunch on E!, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

(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.)  

This Country Ordered to Series by Fox

Fox has ordered comedy This Country to series. The show will focus on the daily lives of cousins who are followed by a documentary crew who go to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. Seann William Scott, Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley, Krystal Smith and Taylor Ortega are set to star in the series, which is produced by Paul Feig.

Sitcom Scorecard: October 28-29, 2020


FOX took the week off as the World Series played out this week, leaving the heart of the action with ABC and NBC.  Both welcomed veteran players American and Housewife and Superstore, both of which registered a sturdy and respectable 0.6 rating.  Wednesday, October 28 saw slight changes as the Goldbergs (0.7) and The Conners (0.8) shed a tenth, while a newly recovered Blackish (0.6) held low but steady.  NBC received a mild bump with Superstore's return, followed by another dismal buffering of Connecting (0.2).

Calculations for shows have been updated, without a single certain renewal.  The justification lies in the fact that all shows save for Connecting and Bless The Harts are aging veterans over 5 years, two of which are outsourced productions.  The Simpsons will likely be the first to be upgraded when more performance is registered, but the remains will be determined deeper into the season.  Over at ABC, The Goldbergs is in its 8th Season and now belting out ratings above average.  That, coupled with being outsourced from Sony will need more monitoring to determine if a renewal is likely.  The Conners is still a strong player, but lost its niche as ABC's sure heavyweight.  After a soft 0.8 (0.7 in initial numbers), it is no longer a juggernaut but an above average player, also outsourced.

American Housewife is ABC's youngest player which bounced back nicely after taking a battering of scheduling moves the prior two seasons.  However, it hasn't proven itself sturdy enough to hold a lead position in the lineup.  If any of the players end this season, AH could find its hair caught with the cancelled show as it circles the drain and ABC trims down the sitcom block further.  Blackish is in a similar predicament at its advanced age in its 7th season.  It is critically acclaimed, but failed to lead on Tuesday nights.  ABC's entire sitcom block fits as a Likely Renewal as all are registering solid-ish numbers, but no one is the beacon for the network's future.  NBC would be foolish to hock Superstore as it has once again moved into the network's leading sitcom, but it too is aging and salaries grow expensive as shows move out of the 5th year of production.

CBS is the only network marking sitcom returns for the remainder of 2020 as all 6 of its players return between November 5-16.  Next Thursday marks the debut of veterans Young Sheldon and Mom, as well as freshman pilot B-Positive.  Can Young Sheldon hang onto ratings above the 1.0 mark?  Yearly losses coupled with COVID-19 disruptions could see the series tick down but it will likely remain CBS' lead player.  Mom is in the spotlight November 5 as it marks the first episode minus Anna Faris, and a potential bump is anticipated.  Readers need to be reminded though the prior season harmed CBS' entire comedy block after losing The Big Bang Theory, and Mom only experienced ratings between 0.7-1.0, often holding to 0.8.  The Unicorn gallops in November 12, and surprisingly sturdy Monday players The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola come home November 16.

To look back at last week's entry, click HERE.

And curious how this season leverages against the prior?  Check out the Scorecard from October 6, 2017.


Thursday TV Ratings 10/29/20: Superstore Premieres Down, Celebrity Family Feud Steady for Finale, NFL Thursday Night Football Rises (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After a lengthy, six-month hiatus, NBC's 'Superstore' (0.6) was back for its sixth season in a relatively disappointing manner. The long-running sitcom could only match its series low and was two-tenths behind its 2019 debut (0.8). Comedy lead-out 'Connecting...' (0.2) wasn't able to benefit one bit from the more compatible lead-in, the struggling newbie merely tied the miserable number it garnered two weeks ago. A steady 'Dateline' (0.4) managed to double the failed sitcom at 10pm. ABC's 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.7) and 'Match Game' (0.4) both held even while 'Press Your Luck' (0.6) rose a tenth in the middle for its finale. Fox's 'Falcons v Panthers' NFL game (2.2) was the top program of the night by far, pulling ahead of every other network. CBS had another dismal night that started with comedy repeats (0.4/0.4) and ended with a poorly-rated voting special (0.2) and a declining 'Star Trek: Discovery' (0.2). The CW's 'Supernatural' (0.2) lost a tenth while 'The Outpost' (0.1) was frozen at last week's rating.

Finals Update: NFL: Falcons v. Panthers (+0.6), Match Game (+0.1), the repeat of Young Sheldon (+0.1) and Connecting (+0.1) adjusted up.

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!

October 30: Well, last hurrah before Election Day.

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 1: Connecting Is Not Connecting With Viewers

NBC doesn't exactly have a full slate of original scripted shows at the moment, but with a few shows on the schedule that I haven't yet given predictions, plus the return of Superstore, it seems like a good time to bring back the NBC Renew/Cancel. Keep reading for initial predictions for Connecting, Transplant and Saturday Night Live!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 10/28/20: Archer Steady for Finale, Down Tucker Carlson and Hannity Easily Remain on Top, Full Frontal Down

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 10/28/20. Items of note include the finale of Archer on FXX,  Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, 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.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 10/28/20: American Housewife Returns Decently, Big Brother Rises for Finale, The Conners and The Goldbergs Slip (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: After being left out of the lineup a week ago, the fifth season of 'American Housewife' (0.6) came onto the scene in respectable fashion. The seasoned comedy was just a tenth shy of its year-ago premiere (0.7) and a tenth below its 'Goldbergs' lead-in (0.7), the latter inched down from last week's debut (0.8). Over in the 9pm hour, ABC's 'The Conners' (0.7) lost two-tenths from its season premiere and dropped down to a new series low. But 'Black-ish' (0.6) held on nicely at 9:30 by matching its debut rating. Finishing out the alphabet network's night, 'The Con' (0.4) was down a tenth from its previous installment.

'The Masked Singer' (1.6) and 'I Can See Your Voice' (1.0) each shed a tenth from their last episodes but Fox's 'Kensday' lineup remained on top of the broadcast roster. Both reality-shows were back after a week off due to the 'World Series' and could adjust up after finals. CBS had a steady edition of 'The Amazing Race' (0.7) and the season finale of 'Big Brother' (1.1). 'Brother' gained a tenth from last week's outing. 'The Wall' (0.6) held even for its finale on NBC alongside a stable 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5). The CW was flat across the board with 'Devils' (0.1) and 'Coroner' (0.1).

Finals Update: The Conners (+0.1) adjusted up.

American Housewife (Season 5 Premiere Review)


Who's that girl? Daniel DiMaggio, Meg Donnelly and newcomer Giselle Eisenberg stand near Diedrich Bader and Katy Mixon.
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE began its fifth season on a very odd note. It narrowly survived cancellation though its audience numbers suffered from constant air date changes. 

And then COVID hit, forcing the industry to take a break.  When shooting re-started, health and safety became first in mind. On the set of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, everything is wiped down once an hour, cast and crew wear masks. Some actors mentioned on social media that as a result everything takes longer to shoot.

And if that wasn't enough, fan favorite Julia Butters (who played the youngest child, Anna-Kat, the quirky and precocious one), quit the series after basking in the warm glow of her fledgling movie career. Butters shared the screen with Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and she is now off to pursue a movie career instead. Butters was replaced by Giselle Eisenberg (LIFE IN PIECES).

Throughout television history, sitcoms have gone through cast changes with mixed results. It might take a while (if at all) for the new cast member to find their groove.  Longtime fans may remember that AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE already had a cast change from its pilot episode, when Meg Donnelly successfully replaced Johnny Sequoya as the eldest daughter, Taylor. 

So the fifth season premiered on an episode that was actually written to be the end of season four. Every member of the Otto family is dealing with a crisis. Taylor is ready to graduate from high school but, in a plot line borrowed from THE MIDDLE, a long overdue library book is holding her back. Katie ends up dealing with Principal Ablin (Jerry Lambert) to negotiate Taylor's graduation by arranging his wedding to Maria (Julie Meyer). Greg battles with Lonnie (Matt Shively) on how to finish Lonnie's autobiography. Anna-Kat is at odds with Franklin (Evan O'Toole) over going to summer camp. And Cooper (Logan Pepper) discovers that his family is relocating to Florida.

What worked? The sharp writing and fast paced snaps and comebacks are back. It's a feat to juggle so many cast members. And it's always been that teetering with PG-13 rated innuendo-laced dialogue where AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE shines. Greg to Katie, "I'm going to have to give him that happy ending that he wants." Oliver to Cooper, "I'm happy for you, fiscally." And Cooper to the Otto's, "You drink tap water, which is practically like drinking toilet water."  Yeah, that's the stuff.

What didn't? Sorry, it will take more than a couple episodes to get used to the new Anna Kat. To the showrunner's credit, they didn't cast a Julia Butters lookalike but to their detriment, it will take some time to get used to the blonde stranger with the lower voice  walking around the Otto house. Eisenberg is 13 years old. Butters is 11. It's just one episode, but Eisenberg hasn't found Butter's Anna Kat's tone or enthusiasm. She doesn't necessarily have to - eventually Eisenberg will make the Anna Kat character her own - but it will be these transition episodes that will stick out the most.

Finally, what was also jarring about this premiere episode was that it was written pre-COVID (as part of Season four) but shot just a month ago. To be in AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE's Westport where the school students are not wearing masks or practicing safe distancing was immediately noticeable.  By the time we hit the graduation ceremony, I was looking at the crowd and thinking, wow, those people are sitting way too close together. In a year where no one in America had a normal graduation ceremony, seeing one on TV made the episode look immediately dated.

Chalk it up to a very odd 2020. I would have preferred an AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Halloween episode, but it's great to have the Otto's back to keep us company during the pandemic. It's like a nice big plate of comfort food - Katie's meatloaf anyone?  And this episode's script serves up a lot of elements for the new season ahead. Spoiler alert - how will Oliver's new roommate deal with such a small house?



Harrison Cheung is the author of the award-winning biography of Christian Bale (BenBella Books) and a contributor to Brave New Hollywood and The TV Ratings Guide.

@harrisonic (Twitter)

Tuesday Cable Ratings 10/27/20: Tucker Carlson and Fox News Have Another Big Night, CNN and MSNBC Also See Solid Results, The Misery Index Tumbles

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 10/27/20. Items of note include Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, The Misery Index on TBS and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon 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 10/27/20: This Is Us Returns Down but Strong, World Series Soars for Final Game, The Bachelorette Rises (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The sixth and final World Series game of 2020 posted a monstrous 2.7 A18-49 rating on the Fox network, well above what the past five game garnered (2.4/2.3/2.0/2.3/2.6) and well ahead of all other broadcast offerings. The game will likely adjust up by several tenths after finals, potentially becoming the first game of 2020 to break a 3.0. Over on ABC, 'The Bachelorette' (1.3) rose a tenth from last week and led into dismal comedy repeats of 'The Conners' (0.5) and 'Black-ish' (0.3). CBS had primetime editions of longtime game shows 'The Price Is Right' (0.7) and 'Let's Make A Deal' (0.6), both outpacing what drama encores managed in the slot a week prior. Despite the slightly stronger lead-in, 'The FBI Declassified' (0.3) shed a tenth at 10pm. The CW's 'Swamp Thing' (0.2) inched up while 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1) held even.

The other major news outside of the World Series was the season five premiere of NBC drama 'This Is Us' (1.4). It was four-tenths behind the 1.8 it posted for last year's debut and three-tenths below its March 2020 finale (1.7) but remained multiple ticks above its 1.1 low-point. Lead-in 'The Voice' (1.0) lost a tenth from its last episode.

Finals Update: World Series Game 6 (+0.7), This Is Us (+0.1) and The Price Is Right At Night (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of The Conners (-0.1) adjusted down.

Monday Cable Ratings 10/26/20: Halloween Baking Championship Hits Season High for Finale, NFL Monday Night Football Drops, Hannity Beats Tucker as Fox News Draws a Huge Crowds All Day

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 10/26/20. Items of note include the finale of Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network, Monday Night Football on ESPN and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

(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 10/25/20: The Undoing Starts Low, Fargo and Fear The Walking Dead Dip, Chateau Christmas Solid

 

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 10/25/20. Items of note include the miniseries premiere of The Undoing 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 10/24/20: Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Launches Solidly with Jingle Bell Bride, Judge Jeanine Rises, College Football Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 10/24/20. Items of note include Jingle Bell Bride on Hallmark, 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.) 

Monday TV Ratings 10/25/20: Dancing With the Stars, The Voice and Big Brother Tie for First, Weakest Link Drops, One Day At a Time Finale Steady (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After falling multiple tenths below 'The Voice' last week, ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' (1.0) rose two-tenths while NBC's 'The Voice' (1.0) lost two from its week-ago premiere, putting the two reality staples in a tie. The 10pm lead-out programs followed in similar fashion with the alphabet network's 'Emergency Call' (0.6) gaining two-tenths and the peacock network's 'Weakest Link' (0.6) losing two. On CBS, 'Big Brother' (1.0) inched up from its last installment and matched both 'Dancing' and 'The Voice', creating a three-way tie in the 8pm timeslot. Viewers were quick to flee after 'Brother' as an 'Essential Heroes' special (0.2) and a double-pump of 'One Day At a Time' (0.2/0.2) produced disastrous results, matching 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.2/0.2) & 'Penn and Teller' (0.2) on the CW. With no NFL help in sight, Fox's 'LA's Finest' (0.4) shed two-tenths from last week's inflated episode while lead-out 'Filthy Rich' (0.3) inched down.

Finals Update: 'Dancing with the Stars' (0.8, -0.2) and 'Emergency Call' (0.4, -0.2) both adjusted down on ABC. 

Friday Cable Ratings 10/23/20: Deadline: White House and Morning Joe Jump, Tucker Carlson and Hannity Lead in Viewers, Gold Rush Wins in 18-49

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 10/23/20. Items of note include Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, Morning Joe on MSNBC, 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.)

Sunday TV Ratings 10/25/20: 60 Minutes Soars while Scream Stumbles Behind It, ABC Game Shows Slip, World Series Steady (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Despite President Trump's '60 Minutes' interview with Lesley Stahl leaking days beforehand, the CBS newsmagazine posted a mammoth 2.4 A18-49 rating and soared to a new season high by a wide margin. Although it did have substantial help from its 'NFL Overrun' (3.6) lead-in, 'Minutes' retained a much larger portion of the football audience than usual. A repeat of comedy 'The Neighborhood' (1.1) was the direct lead-out to '60 Minutes' and posted a number higher than 95% of its original broadcasts from fall 2019 and spring 2020. There was significant ratings erosion from there as a broadcast of the 1996 film 'Scream' (0.4) lost most of the 'Neighborhood' audience at 9pm. 

ABC's 'Supermarket Sweep' (0.8) shed two-tenths from last week's premiere even as 7pm lead-in 'AFV' (0.7) inched up from its week-ago debut. This still puts 'Sweep' in respectable territory but it'll have to stop its slide if it wants to continue being a valuable player. 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' (0.5) and 'Card Sharks' (0.3) similarly lost a tenth apiece from their last outings. NBC won the night overall with its showing of the 'Buccaneers v Raiders' NFL game (3.6) alongside 'Football Night in America' (1.8/3.0). Fox had game 5 of the 'World Series' (1.7) and a World Series pregame (1.8). The game was steady with game 4 from Saturday. The CW's 'Pandora' (0.1) held even and led into encores of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.1/0.1).

Finals Update: Supermarket Sweep (+0.1), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (+0.1), NFL Overrun (+2.5), 60 Minutes (+0.1), Sunday Night Football (+0.7) and World Series Game 5 (+0.9) adjusted up. Football Night In America (-0.4, -0.8), Pandora (-0.1), World Series Pregame (-0.8) and the repeat of The Neighborhood (-0.4) adjusted down.

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 1: The Conners Will Keep On Truckin’

It's the first official ABC renew/cancel of the season, and three shows will receive their initial predictions. Keep reading to see where veteran comedies Blackish, The Conners and The Goldbergs will end up!

TVRG Productions October News Day: Our House Premiere Date, A Renewal, New Miniseries + New Bullpen Specials

Saturday TV Ratings 10/24/20: SNL Stable, World Series Rises, Manhunt: Deadly Games Steady in Saturday Move (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Game 4 of the World Series (1.7) rose four-tenths from Friday's lackluster performance and easily topped the night. ABC's 'College Football' game (1.2) came close to competing with the Fox network but ultimately fell several tenths short. CBS 'Manhunt: Deadly Games' (0.2/0.2) made the move from Monday nights to Saturday and held even with its last Monday original. '48 Hours' (0.3) improved from 'Manhunt' at 10pm. NBC had repeats of 'Weakest Link' (0.3), 'Ellen's Game of Games' (0.4), and 'SNL Vintage' (0.4). The original episode of 'Saturday Night Live' (featuring Adele as the host and musical guest H.E.R) posted a 2.4 in Top 25 markets. 

Finals Update: 48 Hours (+0.1) College Football: MI v. MN (+0.2) and World Series Game 4 (+0.6) adjusted up. SNL Vintage (-0.1) and repeats of Weakest Link (-0.1) and Ellen's Game of Games (-0.2) adjusted down.

Friday TV Ratings 10/23/20: World Series Down Again, Shark Tank and Big Brother Clip Show Also Slip (UPDATED)

 

Preliminary Analysis: Game 3 of the World Series (1.3) came in a full point below what game 2 garnered on Wednesday (2.3) and well behind Tuesday's first game (2.4). Despite that, it was still the top broadcast of the night by a wide margin thanks to how depressed Friday ratings normally are. ABC was no match for Fox as 'Shark Tank' (0.5) lost a tenth from last week's tepid premiere and '20/20' (0.4) only fell from there. CBS's 'Undercover Boss' (0.3) inched down from its previous outing, sandwiched between an uncharacteristically low 'Big Brother' (0.5) and a 'Blue Bloods' repeat (0.2). 'Dateline' (0.4) lost a tenth on NBC and led out of another 'American Ninja Warrior repeat' (0.3). The CW was the only network that held steady, with 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1/0.1) and 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1) matching last week. 

Finals Update: Game 3 of the World Series (2.0, +0.7) adjusted up by seven-tenths but still came three-tenths behind game 2. 'Shark Tank' (0.6, +0.1) and 'Big Brother' (0.6, +0.1) also adjusted up. 

Put Me In Season 2 Episode 17: Conference Championship

 

CARTER is sitting in the dugout. He has just finished pitching for the night, and the Charleston Capitols are ahead 10-0. LEWIS approaches him.

LEWIS
Hey Carter. 

CARTER
What is it?

LEWIS
Nothing, just saying hi.

CARTER
You never do that. 

LEWIS
I am this time. 

CARTER
Why?

LEWIS
Just in case we don’t see each other much longer.

CARTER
Huh? Why would you say that?

LEWIS
Well you know, the season is almost over and you’re very underpaid here. 

CARTER
I like it here, though. Plus, I get to be the ace again. 

LEWIS
You would rather take fame over money?

CARTER
I’ll take both, actually, but I’m more than content here right now. 

LEWIS
Good to hear. Would you feel the same if you were told you might be getting a pay cut? 

CARTER
No way would that happen. 

LEWIS
Eh...

CARTER
Are you kidding me?

NIC overhears.

NIC
I’m getting a pay cut? 

LEWIS
No! I mean, not that I know of. But Jamie is always a wild card. 

RAY 
Tell me about it. Once, she told me I was gonna be starting catcher. 

LEWIS
You are starting catcher. 

RAY
I meant back when I wasn’t. 

LEWIS
How is this relevant again? 

RAY
You were saying something about Jamie being a bad general manager. 

BEN
Thank you! Someone finally said it! I hate Jamie. 

LEWIS
Let’s all settle down now, no reason to talk about anyone behind their backs. 

BEN
It’s true. I hate her. She doesn’t treat us fairly. 

CARTER
Yeah, that I can agree with. I never know what to expect with her. 

RAY
The worst part about Jamie is how—oh.

RAY sees JAMIE in the dugout in the distance. 

RAY
Think she heard us?

LEWIS
Everyone spread out. 

JAMIE approaches CARTER.

JAMIE
Hey Carter!

CARTER
What is it?

JAMIE
Just saying hi. What’s new?

CARTER
Nothing’s new, why would you ask?

JAMIE
Just making small talk. I saw you were all talking, were you having fun?

CARTER
We’re happy we’re about to move on to the league championship. 

JAMIE
Yeah, we’ve done good this year. Not to brag, but I wouldn’t complain about me this year. 

CARTER
No one was complaining about you. 

JAMIE
I’m kidding! Just saying. 

JAMIE exits the dugout. CARTER looks down in shock, not knowing if she heard anything. He turns to RAY.

RAY
She heard us. 

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 Presidential Debate on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and The Bradshaw Bunch on E!.

(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.

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.

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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.