Saturday Cable Ratings 11/28/20: Christmas Waltz Is Most-Watched Hallmark Christmas Movie of 2020 So Far, LSU and Texas A&M College Football Game Leads, Judge Jeanine Down Further

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 11/28/20. Items of note include Christmas Waltz on Hallmark, College Football on ESPN, and Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding on CNN.

(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.)

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 5: A Veteran Comedy Downgrades

Over the course of the season,  I've been pretty steady with my predictions. I haven't upgraded or downgraded anything since my initial predictions for each show, and it's time for that to change. One particular show is on the move in the downward direction. Keep reading to see what it is!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 11/25/20: Good Morning Christmas! and Cuomo Prime Time Lead, Fox News Keeps Dropping, Last Word Tops Maddow; PLUS: Newsmax TV Ratings


Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 11/25/20. Items of note include Good Morning Christmas on Lifetime, Cuomo Prime Time on CNN, 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.)

NCIS: Los Angeles S12E03 Review

 


There are effectively three permanent cast members missing at the moment, with reminders of two covered in the ‘previously on NCIS: Los Angeles’. Hetty is AWOL with Nell covering her position as Acting Operations Manager, and Eric is on an extended vacation.  Deeks too is out of action as LAPD is undertaking an internal review to avoid public defunding, resulting in the suspension of all liaison positions. This was his opening scene with Kensi, who suggested he attends FLETC and becomes an NCIS agent. But Deeks is on a downer and believes he’d be shipped off to the other side of the world.  His return to LAPD manages the viewers expectations for minimal appearances over coming episodes (note in real life this allowed actor Eric Christian Olsen to spend time with his newly born daughter).

‘Angry Karen’ opens with Nell talking Sam in as he waits to meet a whistle blower with information vital to national security. Unfortunately the whistle blower, Donald Harris attempts to run Sam down, propelling himself through the windscreen of his car in the process.  The team proceed to investigate why he tried to kill Sam, and what information he was due to divulge. 

This is a busy episode with numerous settings covered by the various team members, clearly a luxury now afforded with a large team.  Rountree is stationed at the hospital, Sam and Callen team up at certain points but split to interview Harris’ roommate and the missing accountant’s Captain respectively. Kensi also relishes working solo for once, although she later partners with Fatima.   Despite this constant movement, the plot is not complex and the investigations are easy to follow, which makes Nell’s purpose in this episode rather perplexing. She repeatedly recaps and summarises information from previous scenes to characters such as Kensi and Callen. This is an unnecessary break in the storytelling only serves as padding - although maybe the team were having trouble with their earwigs as they were using their cells more than usual! 

There was some great character moments as expected from writer/showrunner R. Scott Gemmill. Rountree spent most of the episode bored during his hospital duty and, with his burgeoning kinship with other newbie Fatima, he called her to say he was bored and hungry! His shining moment came when he challenged a nurse with a face mask, stating “I’m a federal agent big dawg” and chased him into an elevator with a trolley.  Likewise Callen’s best moment - which also happened to be the funniest - was his greeting to the ‘human directionalist’ (AKA man twirling a sign dressed as a lizard), and whose tail came off when Callen stood on it.  He also raised his hackles to Sam, before the big guy landed a punch. Kensi’s ‘gnome violence’ joke was retold to Deeks in the bar and her laughing at her own jokes and Deeks’ reaction was perfect and so natural.

Running alongside the case is the theme of development.  Callen shows Fatima how to connect IT equipment to a car and extract information from the car, a task Eric would usually undertake and certainly a skill Callen rarely has a chance to demonstrate.  Nell is experiencing a crisis of confidence and repeatedly doubts herself.  She babbles away to Sam who really just states the obvious to her, that she is capable and doing a fine job. There is no questioning why she sent Sam to a meet without Callen as back up and at no point is it referenced that the team were pressuring Callen to take Hetty’s job.  This is very different to the overly self-assured Nell who was introduced in season 2 however the potential which Hetty originally saw is clearly still present - and Nell is proving her right even if she questions her own abilities. The closing scene sees Callen approaching Nell’s (aka Hetty’s) desk, just as he has done with Hetty in the past. There is no animosity, just a gentle rebuke that she hasn’t offered him a drink.   

‘Angry Karen’ suffers from a lack of cohesion, despite Nell’s attempt at being the glue which holds them together. The separation of the team results in an unusual lack of energy in certain scenes, for example Sam’s interview with the housemate suffers with him unable to play off Callen. Likewise there is no bullpen banter or post-case drinks for the field agents at The Squid & Dagger. The main action of a car chase and gunfight is reserved for the climax, with Callen throwing himself out of the Charger to come up behind the Navy Commander to point a gun at the back of his head. There is a notably low body count in season 12, most likely linked to both budget constraints and the tempering down of the use of violence by law enforcement. This has resulted in a shift in the style of storytelling. Gone is the frenetically  paced, action packed episodes and instead there a pedestrian feel with a focus on the investigation. In the past, slower episodes have been character focused (not present here) and this new version of NCIS: Los Angeles will take some getting used to.

 

Note: ‘Angry Karen’ is pejorative slang for an angry, demanding white woman and was the name given to the fictional weapon which was duping the navy out of millions.

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Sunday TV Ratings 11/29/20: Prep & Landing Performs Modestly and Drags Down Supermarket Sweep and Millionaire, NFL Sunday Night Football Down

Saturday TV Ratings 11/28/20: Robbie the Reindeer and The Story of Santa Claus Drop from 2019, 48 Hours Leads


Preliminary Analysis: CBS picked out a few more items from its treasure trove of holiday cartoons, installing a pair of 'Robbie the Reindeer' specials (0.3/0.3) in the 8pm hour and 'The Story of Santa Claus' (0.2) at 9. Compared to last year, 'Robbie' and 'Santa' were both down two-tenths. The Tiffany network closed things out with a night-topping '48 Hours' (0.4). On ABC, the 'OK v. WV' College Football game (0.3) was a tick above Fox's 'AZ v. UCLA' game (0.2). NBC went with a repeat of 'The Voice' (0.3) and 'SNL Vintage' (0.3).

Final numbers to come.

Friday TV Ratings 11/27/20: Minions Holiday Special Ties The Grinch to Lead Black Friday, Frosty the Snowman Drops from 2019, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Gives CW a 0.2 (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: With Thanksgiving out of the way, the broadcast networks immediately transitioned to airing their respective animated holiday specials. As usual, NBC's presentation of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (0.7) beat out the other offerings but was down markedly from the 1.1 rating it posted in December 2019. 'Grinch' led into a brand-new 'Minions Holiday Special' (0.7) that fully retained its lead-in and topped the 8:30 half-hour. The peacock network closed out a dominant night with a 'Dateline' repeat (0.5). 'Frosty the Snowman' (0.5) and 'Frosty Returns' (0.4) each shed two-tenths from their year-ago broadcasts on CBS. They led into a 'Pet Project' special (0.3) and 'Blue Bloods' encore (0.3). ABC's 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' (0.5) also lost two-tenths when compared to last year (0.7). The special led into an original '20/20' (0.4) that was down 33% from the week prior (0.6). The CW had its strongest Friday in a while with its presentation of 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer' (0.2). The special inched down from the last time it aired (0.3) but bested its 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1) lead-in. Fox stayed out of the holiday special business, opting to air another installment of 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6).

Finals Update: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (+0.1), Frosty the Snowman (+0.1) and Frosty Returns (+0.1) adjusted up.

Fox Renew/Cancel #4: ’Bless the Harts’ Is Still a Likely Renewal

 

Predictions for 11/27/20
Credit: Fox/Seat42F

Here are the latest renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network. Two shows have fallen even further since the last update on November 13th while the Sunday animation block has thrived with the help of football boosts. New sitcom 'Call Me Kat' and the final season of 'Last Man Standing' will enter the chart after they premiere on January 3, 2021. 



Bless the Harts: On paper, it definitely seems like sophomore sitcom 'Bless the Harts' has reached the end of the road. 'Harts' is currently down 32% from last year and averages a paltry 0.58 A18-49 rating. Not only is the animated series the lowest-rated of the 'Animation Domination' lineup but it also boasts the sharpest year-to-year decline. Despite all that, the series remains in relatively good shape to nab a third season. While its ratings have fallen, it hasn't gotten much weaker than it was in season one. For instance, the November 15th installment notched a 0.7 18-49 rating, six-tenths below its football-inflated 'Simpsons' lead-in (1.3). In comparison, an episode that aired on November 10, 2019 posted a 0.8 rating despite 'Simpsons' pulling a much stronger 1.8. When stacked up against each other, the 2020 performance actually seems healthier than the 2019 one.

Of course, 'Harts' has also fallen to disastrous new lows, hitting a 0.3 on October 4th and never rising above a 0.4 rating on nights without NFL help. Although those numbers are indeed terrible, 'Duncanville' was renewed in the spring with similar ratings and animated series 'The Great North' has been renewed before even debuting. Fox seems hell-bent on expanding its animation library, even it means carrying around duds like 'Harts'. While 'Bless the Harts' is no lock for renewal, it's more likely than not to stick around for another season. Status: LIKELY RENEWAL


Filthy Rich & Next: 'Filthy Rich' and 'Next' somehow managed to reach new lows, the two disappointing newbies each garnered a pathetic 0.2 A18-49 rating for their second-to-last and latest episodes respectively. With both programs already canceled, 'Filthy Rich' will be airing its final episode on November 30th and 'Next' will close out on the 22nd of December. It goes without saying that the Fox network will hope to have better luck with scripted originals in the new year. Status: CANCELLED

The Simpsons: With the help of back-to-back football lead-ins, 'The Simpsons' now averages a sturdy 1.13 A18-49 rating. This means that America's favorite yellow family is the third highest-rated scripted series and the #1 comedy on broadcast television. Of course, those numbers are hardly as impressive as they sound given that 4 of the 7 episodes that have aired this year had an NFL postgame show leading directly into it. Take away the football-inflated installments and 'Simpsons' drops down to a measly 0.55 A18-49 average, less than half of its current one. Even then, a 0.55 average would be considered passable by today's bleak broadcast standards. With that said, the series is in no real danger and is strong enough to hold its own. The show's creative well may have run dry but the sitcom still has some life left in the ratings department. Status: CERTAIN RENEWAL


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Thursday TV Ratings 11/26/20: The Masked Singer & I Can See Your Voice Soar to Season Highs, National Dog Show Solid (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: With the 'Cowboys v Washington' NFL game leading into it, Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (3.0) and 'I Can See Your Voice' (1.6) were both catapulted to new season highs. This is the highest-rated episode of 'Masked Singer' since the post-Super Bowl installment and a brand-new series high for 'I Can See Your Voice'. NBC's annual broadcast of 'The National Dog Show' (0.6) was a tenth above last year (0.5), the canine showcase led into a repeat of 'The Wall' (0.4). ABC went with 'Frozen' and 'Toy Story' holiday specials (0.4/0.4) and 'Wonderful World of Disney' (0.5). The specials were each down two-tenths from 2019 when they posted matching 0.6s. CBS had repeats of 'Young Sheldon' (0.4/0.3),'B Positive' (0.3/0.3), and a steady 'Star Trek: Discovery' (0.2). The CW aired the final installment of the 2016 'Gilmore Girls' reboot (0.1). 

Finals Update: The Masked Singer (+0.5), I Can See Your Voice (+0.2), Olaf's Frozen Adventure (+0.1), Toy Story That Time Forgot (+0.1) and the repeat of the National Dog Show (+0.1) adjusted up.

Drama Scorecard: November 22-25, 2020


The holidays lopped off much of this week's seasonal entries, NBC is hibernating till January and CW and FOX are burning off less desirable shows til the turn of 2021.  However, ABC and CBS are committed to making up lost time for September and much of October.  Sunday, November 22 saw honest (non-inflated) ratings for CBS with NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.5), while CW barely existed with Pandora (0.0) and a down Outpost (0.1).  Monday, November 23 saw ABC's The Good Doctor (0.6)and FOX's bankrupt Filthy Rich (0.3) steady while CBS maintained with All Rise (0.5) and an uptick with Bull (0.5).

Tuesday, November 23 delivered similar fortunes with NCIS (0.9) and FBI (0.9) steady, while FBI: Most Wanted (0.7) gained a tenth.  ABC's freshman pilot Big Sky (0.7) holding impressively steady, while FOX's neXt (0.2) finally lost a tenth.  And Wednesday, November 24 saw NBC's Chicago-verse off the radar, leading to mild gains for ABC's For Life (0.5) and SWAT (0.4), both of which regained a tenth.


The shows to keep an eye on in the ratings are not quite the aged veterans, but the younger ones as well as the freshman series.  Series like the NCIS and Chicago franchises are vested and at the least likely renewed.  FBI has noticeably been matching lead-in NCIS, which the last two seasons always lead by 10%-20%.  If NCIS continues downward and FBI holds steady, FBI could be the show which leads the network on Tuesdays.  Fret not, as NCIS' spinoffs have colonized Sundays, and the series could land as another megablock that evening.  Over on Mondays, All Rise is indeed soft, and Bull is in its 5th season and regularly behind The Good Doctor.  Both however are marketable and could schedule nicely on Sundays as well.

ABC's Big Sky impressed in its second outing as it built slightly off of its prior showing, in one of ABC's most troubled timeslots nonetheless.  The jury is out for when NBC returns in January but ABC is wisely utilizing light competition to build an audience.  It also currently outrates all sitcoms on Wednesday, which shows signs of growth.  ABC also appears to be giving the same attention to the soft, returning For Life.  Minus competition from Chicago PD, the series ticked up as well.  Two seasons ago, ABC's drama pallet was weak at best, and is showing signs of turning the corner.  The show to carefully monitor is SWAT on CBS, which is delivering poorly on Wednesdays.  It could easily fit the tone for the Friday block if their three crime shows need a break, but a 0.3 during the week is underperforming.



Sitcom Scorecard: November 22-25, 2020


The holidays left a lighter plate for scripted programming without the Thursday five on display, but there was plenty of shifts from ABC and FOX's main courses.  Football Inflation again grove the FOX lineup to new heights on Sunday, November 22 with The Simpsons (1.5), Bless the Harts (0.7), Bob's Burgers (0.7) and Family Guy (0.6) enjoying a hearty bump.  Monday, November 23 saw The Neighborhood (0.8) steady while Bob Hearts Abishola (0.6) slid down a tenth.  ABC made the fateful decision to take on the holidays on Wednesday, November 24 seeing lower results with The Goldbergs (0.6) registering a series low while American Housewife (0.5), The Conners (0.6) and Blackish (0.4) tying their existing lows.


The trend for the sitcoms has consistently remained with FOX pushing their way into 1st place in the fall with The Simpsons in 1st place.  The numbers often deflate after Superbowl with FOX sliding into 3rd place with ABC or CBS resuming the lead.  However, these were seasons which the network featured heavy-hitters like the former The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, and current sitcoms The Goldbergs, Young Sheldon and The Conners all registering above average to mammoth numbers.  Given those three survivors have endured massive losses this season, FOX may easily stay in 1st place deeper into the spring season.

The alarming observation for ABC was this latest evening did not experience drops in unison across the board.  In fact, their weakest drama, For Life, experienced an uptick without heavy competition from Chicago PD, and CBS' SWAT also recovered some lost ground.  This demonstrates not a difficult evening, but a loss of interest in their surviving sitcoms.  The Conners lost massive ground, The Goldbergs is deflating and American Housewife and Blackish are back to their prior lows from last season despite a lucrative move to Wednesday night.  Spring could see further drops as they always rate lower than fall.  2020-21 could be the season with sitcoms falling out of favor with viewers on broadcast network television.

Wednesday TV Ratings 11/25/20: SNL Thanksgiving Does OK, The Goldbergs Hits Series Low, For Life Rises from Blackish (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: On the night before Thanksgiving, ABC's comedy ratings got a little more bleak as 'The Goldbergs' (0.6) and 'American Housewife' (0.5) each lost a tenth from their last outings. Unless it adjusts up in finals, this will be a new series low for 'Goldbergs'. 'The Conners' (0.6) and 'Black-ish' (0.4) both held steady in the 9pm hour but were also at their series lows. There was a small consolation prize at the end of the lineup as crime drama 'For Life' (0.5) inched up from last week's underwhelming return. On CBS, 'The Amazing Race' (0.6/0.6) matched last week's performance while 'SWAT' (0.4) rose a tenth. NBC had a low-rated 'Women of Worth' special (0.2) and a noticeably stronger 'SNL Thanksgiving' (0.5). Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (0.5) and 'I Can See Your Voice' (0.4) were both in repeat-mode while the CW's broadcast of 'Gilmore Girls' (0.1) tied what it garnered a day ago. 

Finals Update: All four ABC comedies, 'The Goldbergs' (0.7, +0.1), 'American Housewife' (0.6, +0.1), 'The Conners' (0.7, +0.1) & 'Black-ish' (0.5, +0.1), adjusted up. Repeats of 'The Masked Singer' (0.6, +0.1) and 'I Can See Your Voice' (0.5, +0.1) also adjusted up on Fox. 

American Housewife - Season 5, Episode 4 Review - Homeschool Sweet Homeschool

 



AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE is a sitcom, just for laughs and entertainment. But why do the writers like to torture us with odd inconsistencies that just make longtime viewers scratch their heads?  A different writer and director from last week's slick episode shows in this uneven advance of key storylines.

Since Katie no longer has her lasagna business, she decides to launch her mommy vlog, Can Do Katie, as an educational series, homeschooling Anna-Kat and Franklin (Evan O'Toole) who are stuck at home with their mono. 

Meanwhile Cooper has outgrown Oliver's bedroom, so they decide to renovate the basement. With the Bradford fortune at his fingertips, the basement is quickly and silently changed to the ultimate bro pad with its own subway-tiled kitchen - faster than you can say "set change."  Cooper also shakes his money tree to pay for an SAT tutor for Oliver.

And Taylor scores an A on her first college paper about Dora the Explorer.  A suspicious Greg wonders if the Teaching Assistant (TA) didn't just give Taylor the grade for her looks.  

But wait, Taylor, who was painted as not-so-bright (remember her to-do list), managed to get accepted into Carnegie Mellon last season but chose not to go right away. So why does Greg say he had to pull some strings to get Taylor into his college?  With visions of the Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman college admissions scandal, did Taylor really need her dad's help if she was Carnegie Mellon material?  

When Taylor confronts the TA, he compliments her choice of subject matter and that she defeated autocorrect. There's definitely a hint of attraction between Taylor and her TA, which might be setting us up for a Tripp/Taylor breakup in the future.  

Although Katie's ranting vlog was funny material, the "be true to yourself" theme is getting tired.  Katie has known this since she was proud and loud of being the fattest mom in Westport. Nevertheless, the "Can Do Katie" vlog gets rebranded as "Real Mom."

And what a surprise, Cooper learns that money isn't everything.  Can we advance his character a little bit more? We know more about Franklin than we do about Cooper!

Happy Thanksgiving! (spoiler) Next week's episode doesn't bode well for the high school sweethearts.    


Harrison Cheung (@harrisonic) 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.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 11/24/20: The Misery Index Ties Season High, Tucker Carlson and The Ingraham Angle Continue Downward Slides as Cuomo Prime Time Leads Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 11/24/20. Items of note include Cuomo Prime Time on CNN, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and The Misery Index on TBS.

(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 11/24/20: 400th NCIS and Big Sky Hold Steady, The Bachelorette Drops Again (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The value of ABC's 'Big Sky' (0.7) went up dramatically in week two as the new drama held even with last week's premiere despite its 'Bachelorette' lead-in (1.2) shedding two-tenths. Needless to say, this is a major step in the right direction for the alphabet network's latest entry. Over on CBS, 'NCIS' (0.9) held even for its 400th episode while 'FBI' (0.8) lost a tenth and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.7) actually gained one. 'The Voice' (0.9) lost two-tenths on NBC while 'Transplant' (0.4) was flat at 10pm. Sandwiched in-between was a repeat of 'Weakest Link' (0.6) that managed to beat out yesterday's original episode (0.5). Fox's 'Cosmos' (0.3) matched last week's performance while drama 'Next' (0.2) inched down to a new low. The second installment of CW's 'Gilmore Girls' reboot (0.1) held steady with yesterday. 

Finals Update: 'The Bachelorette' (1.3, +0.1), 'The Voice' (1.0, +0.1), 'FBI' (0.9, +0.1), and a repeat of 'The Weakest Link' (0.7, +0.1) all adjusted up. 

One Day At A Time Canceled Again

One Day at a Time may truly have no more days left. After its cancellation by Netflix and subsequent rescue by Pop TV, the sitcom has been canceled again. ViacomCBS, which aired the series on Pop, TV Land and later on, CBS, announced that season four would be the final season of the show today, opting not to move forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic and modest ratings for the series. COVID shut down production on season four six episodes into the season (an animated special was later produced), meaning that six episodes of the show will go unfilmed. Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and Stephen Tobolowsky starred in the series. Producer Sony is looking for a new home for it once again.

Ratings for One Day At A Time can be found here.

Monday Cable Ratings 11/23/20: Erin Burnett and The Situation Room Lead CNN to Cable News Victory, Tucker and Fox News Stay Below-Average, NFL and Holiday Baking Championship Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 11/23/20. Items of note include Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN, Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network, and Monday Night Football on ESPN.

(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.)

Saturday Cable Ratings 11/21/20: A Nashville Christmas Carol Becomes Highest-Rated Saturday Hallmark Christmas Movie of 2020, Fox News Shows Continue Slippage, Tennessee/Auburn College Football Game Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 11/21/20. Items of note include A Nashville Christmas Carol on Hallmark, College Football on ESPN, and The Situation Room on CNN.

(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 11/23/20: Dancing with the Stars Rises for Finale, Bob Hearts Abishola Down, Gilmore Girls Modest in Premiere (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' (0.9) closed out a strong season by rising a tenth from last week and tying 'The Voice' as the night's #1 broadcast. 'The Good Doctor' (0.6) couldn't quite rise alongside 'Dancing' but held even at 10pm. On CBS, 'The Neighborhood' (0.8) was steady with its week-ago premiere but lead-out comedy 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.6) lost a tenth. 9pm drama 'All Rise' (0.5) was flat while 'Bull' (0.5) gained a precious tenth after last week's hellish return. NBC was steady across the board with 'The Voice' (0.9) and Weakest Link' (0.5). Fox's 'LA's Finest' (0.3) held even while 'Filthy Rich' (0.3) inched up from the dreadful low it posted for its last episode. The CW aired the first installment of the 2016 'Gilmore Girls' reboot (0.1). 

Finals Update: Dancing with the Stars (+0.1) adjusted up.

Cable Renew/Cancel - TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central & FXX: TBS Finds Some Success with The Misery Index

TBS, TruTV, Comedy Central and FXX haven't exactly been the busiest networks in the past few months, but it's still well past time for an update for these four networks, as I haven't updated my predictions for them since September. Keep reading to see what moves are in store for these shows and which shows have been renewed since the last update.

Sunday Cable Ratings 11/22/20: The Christmas House Below-Average for Hallmark, Fargo Rises, The Undoing, Candy Land, and Fear The Walking Dead Among Numerous Drops

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 11/22/20. Items of note include The Christmas House on Hallmark, Fargo on FX, and The Undoing 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.) 

Marietta Season 3 Episode 7 - The Night the Lights Went Out in N’Awlins

Marietta Season 3 Episode 7
The Night the Lights Went Out in N'Awlins

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 4: A Million Little Things is Safest Among New Entries

It's been another busy week on ABC, as the Alphabet Network has premiere three dramas, completing the rollout of their fall schedule. Included in this is veteran series A Million Little Things, sophomore drama For Life, and newbie Big Sky. Keep reading to see where they all end up!

Friday Cable Ratings 11/20/20: Tucker Carlson and Fox News Continue to Drop, Anderson Cooper Leads Cable News, Real Time Rises for Finale

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 11/20/20. Items of note include Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, the finale of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and Raven's Home on Disney Channel.

(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.)

TVRG Productions November News Day: Holiday Specials, Midseason Finale Dates, and a New Feature Announcement

 

Sunday TV Ratings 11/22/20: American Music Awards Drop Dramatically, NFL Sunday Night Football and The Simpsons Rise (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Fox's 'The Simpsons' (1.5) enjoyed another night of assistance from NFL Overrun (4.4) and 'The OT' (4.2), rising two-tenths from last week's football-boosted episode. But the momentum did not seep into the rest of the lineup as 'Bless the Harts' (0.7) only managed to match its last installment and the 9pm duo of 'Bob's Burgers' (0.6) & 'Family Guy' (0.6) each lost a tenth. On ABC, the 2020 'American Music Awards' (1.0) plunged by over 40% when compared to last November's 1.7 A18-49 rating. The ceremony did not have much lead-in help as 'AFV' (0.5) took an alarming three-tenth decline from its week-ago outing. NBC had a strong showing of 'Football Night in America' (1.7/4.0) and the 'Chiefs v. Raiders' NFL game (4.2). CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.9) lost six-tenths from last week's Obama-boosted episode while 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.6) held even and 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.5) actually rose a tenth. 'Pandora' (0.1) inched up on the CW and led into a steady edition of 'The Outpost' (0.1).

Finals Update: On Fox, 'NFL Overrun' (6.1, +1.7), 'The OT' (6.1, +1.9), and 'Bob's Burgers' (0.7, +0.1) adjusted up. NBC's 'Chiefs v. Raiders' NFL game (5.4, +1.2) and ABC's 'AFV' (0.6, +0.1) also adjusted up. On the CW, 'Pandora' (0.0, -0.1) adjusted down.

Saturday TV Ratings 11/21/20: The Croods Decent for NBC, Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma College Football Game Dominates (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: In anticipation for the Wednesday theatrical premiere of 'The Croods' sequel, NBC aired the original 2013 film (0.4) and got decent mileage out of the presentation. 'Croods' tied lead-out 'SNL Vintage' (0.4) for the #2 broadcast of the night. ABC had the top program in the form of the 'Oklahoma St. v Oklahoma' college football game (0.9). That game completely trounced Fox's 'Arizona v. Washington' showing (0.2). CBS had a repeat of 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.2) and '48 Hours' (0.3/0.3).

Finals Update: ABC's 'College Football' game (1.0, +0.1) and CBS's '48 Hours' (0.4, +0.1) adjusted up.

CBS Renew/Cancel November 15-19: NCIS is Certain For Renewal On an Outdated Network


Week 3 of CBS original scripted programming unveiled 7 more original showings, all of which again failed to crack the 1.0 barrier in the ratings.  Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18 unveiled complete lineups with some winners, and other shows to keep an eye on.  Monday comedies The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola placed a respectable 2nd and 3rd in their timeslots, demonstrating great faith in their performances.  Their follow-up dramas however delivered on the lower end, showing signs they soon could take 3rd or 4th against their competition.  The same delivered on Tuesday night as former heavyweight NCIS could not break the 1.0 benchmark, and the network took 3rd as FBI delivered solid and its spinoff FBI: Most Wanted lost 1/3 of its lead-in, getting edged out by ABC's premiere of Big Sky.  Week 2 may show signs of a bounceback as the majority of CBS' shows have shown upticks in 2nd showings, and ABC's freshman dramas have a history of shedding viewers fast.

Fall 2020 has demonstrated an odd pattern of most shows debut soft on CBS, then gain a tenth in the upcoming showings.  Shows which featured this phenomena are Young Sheldon, The Unicorn and even fledgling B-Positive bounced back after losing a tenth.  Could America return home and enjoy the predictable entries from America's comfort food network?  Or does is demonstrate the network fails to ignite a spark with innovative programming?  As discussed last week, the network needs some updating.  It is like a home tastefully decorated in the late 1990's with built-in entertainment centers and desks, berber carpeting and oversized windows.  It looked cutting edge for years, but is old and tattered come 2020.  CBS relied too heavily on crutches such as Chuck Lorre's crass sitcoms, spinoffs of formerly successful franchises and drafting new procedurals featuring a former "name" from a prior procedural.  Michael Weatherly, Shemar Moore and David Boreanaz all enjoyed success on prior shows but now have series on CBS with tepid ratings which reflect below.


Certain Renewal

Five entries are predictable for coming back next year.  Young Sheldon still garners buzz and is trending.  FBI and NCIS still deliver above average in ratings.  And CBS did manage to rehabilitate its destroyed Monday comedy lineup with the solid deliveries from The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola.  These shows are crucial to holding together their evenings, and CBS will likely need these shows for the following season.

Likely Renewal

This category is being cautiously monitored in the upcoming weeks.  With the exception of Mom (which only lies here due to age and the Allison Janney factor), the remains have exhibited softer ratings.  The NCIS spinoffs are old but compatible for a less desirable evening.  They will likely continue on until the marquee players decide to throw on the towel, similar to Hawaii Five-O last season.  All Rise experienced a sharp drop from Bob Hearts Abishola.  And Bull delivered even softer, taking 2nd to ABC's weakening The Good Doctor.  If it holds steady, it is marketable for at least a move on CBS' lineup.  

Leans Cancellation

B-Positive did receive an uptick this week, but needs to demonstrate solid viewing patterns before being upgraded.  SWAT delivered poor and soft in a two-hour premiere with back-to-back 0.4 rating, followed by lowering the bar a tenth.  The series is at its 4th year, traditionally the time CBS begins paring down aging or weaker shows.  Time will tell if ABC's For Life outrates it, but the signs are leading toward cancellation.

Likely Cancellation

The Unicorn feels like a misplaced sitcom deserving of exposure on ABC and CBS.  Well written, visually appealing and never demanding a laugh with a forced laugh track, it has received ample advertisement and decent launching ground behind Young Sheldon.  It showed an uptick this week, but will need to demonstrate more consistency to receive an upgrade.  CBS needs shelf space for new shows and needs to part with at least one entry.  They're likely not going to touch their solid Monday entries (which are bringing new life into the sitcom arena).  More than likely 1-2 sitcoms will meet their ending to accommodate and Unicorn is first on deck to be parted.

Drama Scorecard: November 15-20, 2020


ABC and CBS loaded 8 more dramas into the lineup this week, leaving ABC deflating to below NBC in overall drama ratings as expected but stronger nonetheless.  Sunday, November 15 showed the true CBS weight as NCIS: LA (0.6) and NCIS: NO (0.4) deflated two tenths, while CW's Pandora (0.0) played invisible in the ratings yet again.  The network also unveiled its lineuo on Monday, November 16 with All Rise (0.5) and Bull (0.4) delivering lower than last season, while ABC's The Good Doctor (0.6) and FOX's outgoing Filthy Rich (0.3) holding steady.  Tuesday, November 17 saw more action as ABC premiered its freshman drama Big Sky (0.7) to modest results, NBC's This Is Us (1.2) shed a tenth, and FOX's nearly canceled neXt (0.3) held steady.  CBS unveiled its procedural lineup to softer results as NCIS (0.9) and FBI (0.9) could not break the 1.0 barrier, and FBI: Most Wanted (0.6) premiered noticeably weaker.

Wednesday, November 18 featured ABC's sophomore season premiere of For Life (0.4) low but matching its lead-in while CBS' SWAT (0.3) shed yet another tenth.  NBC's Chicago-verse lost a little ground with Chicago Med (1.0) and Chicago Fire (1.0) barely staying above the solid line, and Chicago PD (0.8) dropping two tenths.  Thursday, November 19 featured some downticks across the board as NBC's Law and Order: SVU (0.5) lost a tenth, ABC's Station 19 (1.0) also lost two tenths, and A Million Little Things (0.7) debuted slightly down.  However, Grey's Anatomy (1.3) gained a tenth and for the first time in a while outrated NBC's former heavyweight This Is Us.  Over at CW, a two hour series finale sent out it's oldest player Supernatural (0.3, 0.3) solid and steady.  Friday, November 20 only featured The Blacklist (0.4) delivering low but steady.


A few more status predictions unveiled as 2+ episodes aired for the drama slate.  Station 19 is a Certain Renewal as it is pummeling its competition outside of Football and one of ABC's strongest players in its deck.  The Blacklist is a likely renewal given it has delivered slow but steady on Friday nights.  And SWAT downgraded to Leans Cancellation due to an embarrassing slide to a 0.3.  CBS seems to be committed to procedurals with "a name" like David Boreanaz, Shemar Moore and Michael Weatherly.  But how long can these dramas stay afloat before CBS decides it is time for a shakeup?

The dramas displayed show ABC and NBC are the strongest players as they bundle their hits in select evenings.  Odd players like The Good Doctor and Law and Order: SVU struggle, but are valued and marketable.  They may be subject to timeslot changes as needed but show strong commitments from their network.  And mass renewals from NBC show the network has good faith in its Dick Wolf franchises, along with odd players like This is Us and New Amsterdam.  CBS on the other hand is showing a lineup stacked with aged players.  Not a single show outside of reality TV and sports has cracked a 1.0, and the network has yet to show signs of reinventing or updating itself.