Thursday Cable Ratings 9/23/21: What We Do In The Shadows Rises Again, NFL Thursday Night Football and Tacoma FD Drop

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/23/21. Items of note include What We Do In The Shadows on FX, Tacoma FD on TruTV, and Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.

(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.)

Premiere Thursday TV Ratings 9/23/21: Law & Order: SVU Rises from Finale as Organized Crime Holds Steady, The Masked Singer Dips Below 1.0 for the First Time, Alter Ego Bombs in Night Two (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Though it seemed like its momentum had tapered off last spring, NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.79) got off to a phenomenal start for its 23rd season. This rating went above the last 5 episodes from the prior season and was a full two-tenths higher that the season 22 opener (0.59). At 10, 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' (0.60) appeared a bit more sluggish than its veteran counterpart. 'Crime' could only match its series low and was an entire ratings point lower than its breakout season one debut. On Fox, 'The Masked Singer' (0.97) fell below a 1.0 for the first time in its run while 'Alter Ego' (0.44) crashed after a relatively respectable launch (0.65). ABC wrapped up the remaining summer shows left, with 'Holey Moley' (0.38) garnering its usual rating and 'The Hustler' (0.30/0.28) rising by a tenth for its two-hour closer. CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.81) inched down and led into a low-rated Kenny Rogers special (0.30). A 'Bull' rerun (0.16) lost nearly 50% of that audience from there. 'Coroner' (0.08) and 'The Outpost' (0.05) were even on the CW.

Finals Update: 'The Masked Singer' (+0.1) and the repeat of 'Bull' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Bake Your Heart Out Season 3 Episode 10 - DeAnna Clifton’s Revenge

Bake Your Heart Out Season 3, Episode 10
DeAnna Clifton's Revenge

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 1: An Ordinary Start for Ordinary Joe

It's a new TV season, and that means one thing: new shows! On this first edition of the 2021-22 NBC Renew/Cancel, the only show receiving a prediction in this first week is a new show, Monday drama Ordinary Joe. With Tuesday drama New Amsterdam and the Wednesday night Chicago block all already renewed for next season, it's the only show on the network that's premiered that hasn't already secured a renewal for next season. Keep reading to see where it will land, plus a look ahead at the season to come!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/22/21: American Horror Story Soars for Red Tide Finale, Full Frontal Also Ticks Up, Nora from Queens Ties Low

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/22/21. Items of note include American Horror Story on FX, Archer on FXX, 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.)

Premiere Wednesday TV Ratings 9/22/21: The Wonder Years Premiere Ties The Goldbergs and The Conners, Alter Ego OK Behind Lower Masked Singer, Home Economics Still a Flop in Season Two (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Though the vast majority of new scripted programming has underwhelmed, ABC's reboot of 'The Wonder Years' (0.67) got off to a fairly respectable start in the 8:30 slot. This rating was a touch higher than the fall 2020 return of 'American Housewife' (0.65) and proves that this sitcom could be a worthy addition to the lineup, barring it doesn't have an alarming decline in week two. At 8, 'The Goldbergs' (0.70) was a tenth lower than its year-ago premiere (0.83) but higher than any of its other 2021 episodes. In the 9pm hour, 'The Conners' (0.65) fell from 'Wonder Years' and dropped by close to three-tenths on a year-to-year basis. Meanwhile, 'Home Economics' (0.41) was an even bigger eyesore in season two, barely retaining 60% of 'Conners' and finding itself close to series low territory. The debut of 'A Million Little Things' (0.29) hit a new low-point and was dead-last in the 10pm hour.

On Fox, 'The Masked Singer' (1.11) continued to show signs of fatigue, going five-tenths below where it began the previous fall. New unscripted series 'Alter Ego' (0.65) had a middling premiere at 9 and couldn't even hold two-thirds of its 'Masked' lead-in. CBS's 'Survivor' (1.06) came within striking distance of 'Singer' but took a noticeable step-down from its spring 2020 levels. 'Big Brother' (0.61) performed poorly in the 10pm slot when stacked up against its usual delivery. NBC's 'Chicago Med' (0.78) fell by a whopping four-tenths from last year's premiere. 'Chicago Fire' (0.86) and 'Chicago PD' (0.87) fared far better, down just a tenth each. The CW's 'Riverdale' (0.07) lost a hundredth while 'In the Dark' (0.04) garnered a fresh series low. 

Finals Update: 'The Masked Singer' (+0.1), 'Survivor' (+0.1), 'Chicago Med' (+0.1), 'The Goldbergs' (+0.1),  'The Wonder Years' (+0.1), 'Chicago Fire' (+0.1), 'The Conners' (+0.1), 'Alter Ego' (+0.1) and 'Chicago PD' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/21/21: American Crime Story: Impeachment Slips, Queen Sugar Ticks Up, Tucker Carlson Tonight Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/21/21. Items of note include American Crime Story: Impeachment on FX, Queen Sugar on OWN, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

(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.)

Friday Cable Ratings 9/17/21: Gabby Duran Hits New Low in Return, SurrealEstate Nears Series High for Finale, Real Time with Bill Maher Dips

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/17/21. Items of note include Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the midseason premiere of Gabby Duran and the Unsittables on Disney, and the season finale of Surrealestate on Syfy.

(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.)

Premiere Tuesday TV Ratings 9/21/21: Our Kind of People Bombs in Premiere, The Voice Steady, FBI Crossover Strong


Ratings Analysis: Fox couldn't seem to catch a break on day two of premiere week, with the series debut of drama 'Our Kind of People' (0.35) performing only marginally better than Monday's disastrous launch of 'The Big Leap' (0.29). Earlier in the evening, 'The Resident' (0.50) actually had a somewhat healthy return at 8. The Amy Holden Jones drama was down a little more than 20% from its winter 2021 debut but was on-par with where it left off in the spring. On NBC, 'The Voice' (1.09) rose by one-hundredth from Monday night, showing that Ariana Grande's inclusion might be paying off in the ratings department. At 10, the 'New Amsterdam' premiere (0.54) was in-line with its last episodes from early June. CBS's all-'FBI' night got off to a stellar start, with 'FBI' (0.72) almost tying what 'NCIS' (0.73) garnered on Monday and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.66) going above nearly every data-point from last season. At 10, the very first installment of 'FBI: International' (0.59) held down the fort rather nicely, losing just a few hundredths from 'Most Wanted'. ABC and the CW were still airing out their summer programming, with 'Bachelor in Paradise' (0.87) and 'The Ultimate Surfer' finale (0.25) dropping by nine and six hundredths respectively. In CW news, 'Stargirl' (0.12, +0.03) and 'Supergirl' (0.08, +0.02) made some minor gains.

Finals Update: 'Bachelor in Paradise' (+0.1), 'FBI: Most Wanted' (+0.1) and 'Our Kind of People' (+0.1) adjusted up.

TVRG Productions September News Day: Fall 2021 Premiere Dates Announces + Put Me In and The Bullpen Finale Dates

  

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/19/21: Halloween Wars Returns Up from 2020, The Walking Dead Finally Ticks Up, Power: Raising Kanan Hits New High

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/19/21. Items of note include the season premiere of Halloween Wars on Food Network, The Walking Dead on AMC, Animal Kingdom on TNT.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday Cable Ratings 9/20/21: NFL Monday Night Football Rises, Halloween Baking Championship Ticks Up, Tucker Carlson Leads Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/20/21. Items of note include Halloween Baking Championship on Food, NFL on ESPN, and WWE Raw on USA.

(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.)

Premiere Monday TV Ratings 9/20/21: The Big Leap Premieres Low Behind Dropping 9-1-1, The Voice Ties Premiere Low, So-So 10 PM starts for NCIS: Hawaii and Ordinary Joe (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Even with Ariana Grande added to the panel of judges, NBC's 'The Voice' (1.0) debuted two tenth below last year's opener. Nonetheless, the series still eclipsed ABC's season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars' (0.9) by a comfortable margin. 'Dancing' was a whopping four-tenths behind its 2020 start but only a tenth shy of its 2019 premiere. At 10, the series premiere of NBC's 'Ordinary Joe' (0.5) lost more than half of its 'Voice' lead-in and could only narrowly beat out ABC's 'Time100' (0.4). CBS had a rough return to the fall season, with comedies 'The Neighborhood' (0.6) and 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.5) each tying their respective series lows. 'NCIS' (0.7) was able to build from the comedies in its new timeslot and remained close to its late-spring levels. At 10, 'NCIS Hawai'i' (0.5) had a mediocre debut and didn't look meaningfully stronger than the average installment of 'Bull'. Fox's '9-1-1' (0.8) debuted with a new series low out the gate, coming in a whopping four-tenths lower than its winter 2021 premiere. New drama 'The Big Leap' (0.4) lost 50% of that audience and is already positioned to be on the chopping block. The CW had a stable 'Roswell, New Mexico' (0.1) and a rerun of 'Penn & Teller' (0.1).

Finals Update: The Voice (+0.1) adjusted up. The Big Leap (-0.1) and Time100 (-0.1) adjusted down.

2021-22 Season-To-Date Report (9/1-9/17): Surprise. Football Hogs Large Ratings

Today marks the start of premiere week, but already the 2021-22 season has 50 shows which are on display during the season.  Football programming grabbed 6 of the top 7 shows (with a Football Inflated 60 Minutes sneaking a slot), all of which have solid ratings above the 1.5 mark.  Impressively, ABC grabbed two of those slots, having briefly reclaimed Monday Night Football.  ABC foolishly took their name out of the hat in 2006 and were outbid by ESPN, and since that period in time, seldom see their ratings move past 3rd Place among the big four networks.  NBC sits positioned in 1st like most seasons in the last 11 years due to NFL enabling them to push through to the front.  And with Superbowl LVI slated to air February 13, 2022, NBC is almost predestined for 1st place again for the season.  FOX will likely enjoy these surges early in the season with their animated sitcom but more than compensates with Thursday Night Football, The Masked Singer and strong dramas.

During the summer months, ABC and CBS swept the floor on the reality front with the success of Big Brother and The Bachelorette while NBC cleaned up with America's Got Talent.  FOX rated softer in the summer, but has the in-season performance to raise out of 4th place.  ABC will likely drop to 3rd or 4th Place in-season, depending on how CBS performs.  Enjoy premiere week, and having a short list of shows.  As 30+ shows will be added to this list in the next entry.






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Saturday Cable Ratings 9/18/21: Raise a Glass to Love Modest on Hallmark, College Football Dominates Once Again

=Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/18/2021. Items of note include College Football on ESPN, Raise a Glass to Love on Hallmark, and Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News.

(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.)

Sunday TV Ratings 9/19/21: Emmys Rise from 2020 with Post-NFL Airing, To Tell The Truth Ends on a Low, Fantasy Island Finale Steady (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: With major help from the 'NFL Overrun' (4.1), CBS's telecast of the '73rd Primetime Emmy Awards' (1.5) gained five-tenths when compared to 2020's preliminary rating (1.0). The Cedric the Entertainer-hosted gala barely retained more than a third of the football audience but any sort of upward trend is welcome when considering how far the 'Emmys' have fallen in recent years. Over on NBC, the 'Chiefs v. Ravens' NFL game (4.8) was seven-tenths above the preliminary 4.1 that last week's 'Bears v. Rams' game garnered. As it usually does, 'Football Night in America' (1.7/4.3) will likely adjust down heavily. Though they were largely lost in the shuffle, ABC used the evening to end its summer programming block. 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.5) held flat for its finale, tying the 7pm 'AFV' rerun (0.5) in the process. 'The Chase' (0.3) and 'To Tell The Truth' (0.2) both lost a tenth for their respective closers, with 'Truth' in new low territory. Fox reaired their 'Masked Singer + Alter Ego' sneak peak (1.1) and the special actually rose by two-tenths from last week's original broadcast, clearly benefiting from more direct NFL assistance. At 8, the 'Fantasy Island' season finale (0.3) was two-tenths behind last Sunday but on-par with its normal Tuesday performance. Reruns of 'Simpsons' (0.4) and 'Family Guy' (0.1) sandwiched the 'Island' finale. The CW had an encore of 'Penn & Teller' (0.1) and an invisible 'Wellington Paranormal' (0.0/0.0).

Finals Update: The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards (+0.3), NFL Overrun (+2.7), NFL: Chiefs v. Ravens (+1.2), To Tell the Truth (+0.1), and repeats of The Simpsons (+0.1) and Family Guy (+0.1) adjusted up. Both episodes of Football Night in America (-1.0, -1.2) and the 7 PM repeat of The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peak (-0.9) adjusted down.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Series Finale Review [The Last Day Pt. 1 & 2]

 

***Major Spoilers Ahead***

The Last Day Parts 1 & 2
Andre Braugher (left), Andy Samberg (right). Photo Credit: NBC

There is never a correct way to end a series, especially not one that has been on the air for close to a decade. If too many changes take place, the tonal whiplash may have longtime fans upset at the developments. If too little occurs, the closer will be seen as both anti-climatic and unsatisfying. As it often does, Brooklyn Nine-Nine finds itself in the middle of these two extremes, giving just enough of a meaningful sendoff to feel like a proper ending but steering clear of changing the status quo too drastically. 

The plot of the final episode is as simple as it is convoluted. Jake reveals to Amy that he is leaving the force to become a full-time father to Mac and plans a final heist to serve as his goodbye to the precinct. The convoluted portion comes from the actual heist itself, with the series treating viewers to a familiar mix of rapid twists and stunning betrayals. As the pairings race to retrieve the golden vessel that holds the medal, we are met with a who's who of Nine-Nine cameos from past seasons. Everyone from Adrian Pimento to Caleb the cannibal gets their brief moment to shine in a Seinfeld-style reunion of recurring characters. Gina also reemerges for the first time since season six, proving that her character has not matured or changed in the slightest. Nonetheless, it felt oddly nostalgic to see Peretti back to blurting out callous insults and committing petty theft. 

Amidst the chaos, Jake's decision to leave the Nine-Nine feels like a disheartening way to close out his arc. Though his departure from detective work has been foreshadowed throughout the season, it's upsetting that he decides to give up his passion so early in life. While it's admirable that he wants to be a devoted dad to Mac, Terry and Boyle also have children and that has never stopped them from being great parents and phenomenal detectives. With Amy, Holt, and Terry all rising through the ranks, it feels off for Jake to have no upward trajectory. Despite that gripe, the events of the heist remain as exciting as they have been in previous installments. From magnet suits to mind games, there's no shortage of that playful Nine-Nine energy. Highlights include Rosa locking Amy in a car, Holt trapping Boyle and Jake in the armored truck, and Amy tricking Jake into believing he's been in a coma for seven years.  

As the competition winds down and the squad returns from the storage facility where they first worked on a case with Holt, Hitchock reappears in the precinct and is crowned the winner of the heist. After spending several episodes on FaceTime, it's completely satisfying to see Dirk Blocker back in-person. Though the squad is disgusted by Hitchcock's win, it ultimately felt like a perfect way to close out the last heist, especially considering Hitchcock does have more arrests than anyone else in the precinct. Once the comedy subsides, a touching talk between Rosa & Amy takes place where Diaz tells Santiago that she does not need marriage and kids to be content with her life. This is a scene that neatly wraps up the relationship between the two and beautifully showcases how not every character needs to settle down to have a happy ending. The closed-off Rosa and sociable Amy have clashed on many occasions but they have always had a mutual respect for each other, with this chat only reaffirming their close bond.

The most meaningful part of this episode, season, and possibly the series as a whole comes when Jake Peralta and Raymond Holt have one, final talk. The tender feeling of euphoria that comes from Holt describing how they've rubbed off on each other through the years simply cannot be placed into words. The callbacks to the first episode during their chat gives this moment such a "full circle" atmosphere. Jake has finally solved the puzzle of growing up that Terry described in the pilot and Holt sees him as a worthy son. Above everything else, the chemistry between Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher gave this series the soul that it needed to resonate with audiences. To have them fully embrace their father-son dynamic is an outstanding way to cap off their storied relationship.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine could have ended with the team taking on a grueling case or with a sappy round of tired platitudes but it instead chose to maintain the delicate balance of witty charm and genuine heart it has cultivated for over 150 episodes. The heartfelt moments pack as much of a punch as they do because the writers have done an immaculate job at refining these character dynamics for so long. Although it would have been more satisfying to see Jake remain a detective, it's comforting to know that Terry, Boyle, Hitchcock, and Scully still work in the 99th precinct, giving viewers a small sense of normalcy amidst the changes. 'The Last Day' gives this series the final hurrah it deserves by sticking to the show's trusted, concrete formula. There's little more one could ask for from the last Nine-Nine, with the episode offering fans both a trip down memory lane and a pleasant glimpse into the future.   

Stray Thoughts

  • Even though Rosa is right to not want her life be defined by settling down with someone, I still miss the Rosa-Pimento pairing. 
  • When Jake woke up from the fake coma and was told he had been in it for seven years, I thought Amy meant that everything outside of the first season had been in his imagination. 
  • It appears that Boyle found his own Boyle in the flash-forward sequence. I would have preferred it to end with the elevator scene but it was still an interesting look into the future. 
  • I can't believe the scene in the opening sequence is actually cannon and that they were just going to get falafel. 
  • Jake really tried to replicate "I Want It That Way" with "Car Wash". 
  • It has been an honor to have been a fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine since 2014 and a reviewer since 2016. Farewell to one of the best sitcoms of the modern era and a big thank you to everyone who has ever worked on the series. Thanks for the memories and good times.

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Saturday TV Ratings 9/18/21: 48 Hours Returns Stable, College Football Dominates


Preliminary Analysis: ABC's 'Auburn v. Penn St.' college football game (1.5) was five-tenths above the preliminary rating of last week's 'WA v. MI' game (1.0) and once more trampled Fox's 'MLB Regional Coverage' (0.3). The premiere of '48 Hours' (0.3) was steady on CBS and built from reruns of 'SWAT' (0.2) and 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.2). NBC took last place with reruns of 'Family Game Fight!' (0.1) and 'America's Got Talent' (0.2).

Final numbers to come.

Friday TV Ratings 9/17/21: Big Brother Hits New Series Low but Tops WWE SmackDown, Soul of a Nation Special Low (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) lost a tenth and found itself in the #2 position for the first time in a while. The top spot was secured by a special Friday edition of 'Big Brother' (0.6). The CBS series trailed its usual weekday performance but narrowly eclipsed 'WWE', leading CBS to an 8pm win. A stable 'Greatest #AtHome Videos' (0.2) and an anemic 'Blue Bloods' rerun (0.1) fell dramatically from that point. ABC had a dismal 'Soul of a Nation' (0.2) and a slightly stronger '20/20' (0.3). NBC's average was a touch above the alphabet network thanks to a repeat of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.4) and 'Dateline' (0.3). The series finale of 'Burden of Truth' (0.1) and 'Dynasty' (0.1) did not budge on the CW. 

Finals Update: WWE SmackDown (+0.1) adjusted up.

Thursday Cable Ratings 9/16/21: Tacoma FD Rises from Season 2 Finale, What We Do In The Shadows Recovers from Low, NFL Thursday Night Football Dominates

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/16/21. Items of note include What We Do In The Shadows on FX, the season premiere of Tacoma FD on TruTV, and Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.

(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 9/16/21: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Series Finale Rises, Big Brother Stays on Top, When Nature Calls Finale and The Hustler Stay Low, The Outpost Rises After Cancellation (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: After over 150 episodes, countless timeslot changes, and a highly-publicized network swap, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' (0.39) closed out its run in rather quiet fashion on NBC. Although the series finale did pick up a tenth, the Samberg cop sitcom failed to hit a new season high for its final outing. Reruns of 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.23) and 'Organized Crime' (0.24) filled out the 9-11pm stretch. ABC's struggling newbie 'When Nature Calls' (0.20) held flat for its finale but lost nearly half of the 'Holey Moley' rerun (0.36) that preceded it. Though it remained in dire territory, 'The Hustler' (0.22) was able to build a bit from 'Nature' at 10. CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.94) gained a couple hundredths and led into a rerun of 'Bull' (0.20). Fox's encores of 'MasterChef' (0.29) and 'Call Me Kat' (0.25/0.22) bested ABC's original efforts. 'Coroner' (0.09) and recently-canceled drama 'The Outpost' (0.05) gained one-hundredth apiece on the CW.

Finals Update: The 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' series finale (0.4, -0.1) and repeats of 'MasterChef' (0.3, -0.1), 'Call Me Kat' (0.3, -0.1; 0.2, -0.2), 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.2, -0.3), and 'Organized Crime' (0.2, -0.3) all adjusted down. The 'Holey Moley' rerun (0.4, +0.1) adjusted up.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/15/21: American Horror Story and Archer Rebound from Lows, Younger Series Finale and Nora from Queens Slip

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/15/21. Items of note include American Horror Story on FX, Archer on FXX and the series finale of Younger on TV Land.

(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 9/15/21: America’s Got Talent, Pyramid and MasterChef Drop for Finales, House Calls Ends With a 0.1 (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: With the summer season winding down and the fall premieres on the horizon, there were a whopping six finales on Wednesday evening. The strongest of the bunch was NBC's 'America's Got Talent' (0.73), the reality series gained a tenth when compared to last Wednesday but trailed its Tuesday night performance (0.90). 'Family Game Fight!' (0.42) shed a few hundredths for its 8pm finale. ABC's 'Press Your Luck' (0.57) rose by two-hundredths for its season closer but 'The $100,000 Pyramid' (0.46) lost five-hundredths. A 10pm '20/20' special about poet laureate Amanda Gorman (0.22) retained less than 50% of the 'Pyramid' audience. On CBS, 'Big Brother' (0.86) held at the same rounded rating as the week prior while 'House Calls with Dr. Phil' (0.20/0.15) bowed out in horrific fashion. Fox's 'MasterChef' (0.52) inched down for its 2-hour season finale. 'Riverdale' (0.08) was essentially flat on the CW but was still bested by a pair of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' reruns' (0.09/0.11). 

Finals Update: 'Big Brother' (0.9, +0.1), the 'Press Your Luck' finale (0.6, +0.1), the '$100,000 Pyramid' closer (0.5, +0.1), and the second-half of 'House Calls with Dr. Phil' (0.2, +0.1) adjusted up.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/14/21: Minimal Cable News Interest in Newsom Recall, Miracle Workers Ends Steady, The Oval Rises for Finale, American Crime Story Stable

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/14/21. Items of note include American Crime Story: Impeachment on FX, the season finale Miracle Workers on TBS, and the season finale of The Oval on BET.

(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.)

The Outpost Canceled by The CW

The Outpost has been taken out. The fantasy drama has been canceled by The CW after four seasons. This news comes just weeks after the network canceled fellow summer series The Republic of Sarah after a single season, making it the latest in a line of summer scripted shows canceled by The CW in recent seasons. The show was not a strong ratings performer for the network, averaging just a 0.05 in its fourth and final season. That made it the lowest-rated series on The CW or any broadcast network this season, tied with Dynasty and the canceled Republic of Sarah. Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen and Anand Desai-Barochia starred in the series, which will air its series finale on October 7.

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/14/21: LEGO Masters Ends Steady, Family Game Fight Rises in Special Slot, Bachelor in Paradise and AGT Lead (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: On a night with much upward momentum, Fox's 'LEGO Masters' (0.45) gained a few hundredths for its second season finale but still remained in a distant third in the 8pm slot. At 9, 'Fantasy Island' (0.26) crashed back to its usual level after gaining two-tenths for a special Sunday installment. On ABC, sturdy 'Bachelor in Paradise' (0.96) and meager 'Ultimate Surfer' (0.31) both rose by a tenth. NBC's 'America's Got Talent' (0.90) came within striking distance of 'Paradise' while 'Family Game Fight!' (0.47) was well above 'Surfer' at 10. CBS had reruns of 'FBI' (0.32/0.29) and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.25). 'Stargirl' (0.09) and 'Supergirl' (0.06) remained at the same rounded rating on the CW.

Finals Update: ''Bachelor in Paradise' (+0.1), 'LEGO Masters' (+0.1), and the repeat of 'FBI: Most Wanted' (+0.1) adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/13/21: Halloween Baking Championship Hits New Low in Premiere, The Daily Show Stays Low for Return, WWE Raw Slides

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/13/21. Items of note include the season premiere of Halloween Baking Championship on Food, the season premiere of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and WWE Raw on USA.

(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.)

Monday TV Ratings 9/13/21: Hell’s Kitchen Young Guns and American Ninja Warrior End Steady, Monday Night Football Dominates (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: ABC's dominance became more pronounced thanks to their broadcast of 'Monday Night Football' (1.7). This doubled last week's 'Bachelor in Paradise' and bested the combined totals of each respective network. The season finale of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5) and another helping of 'The Wall' (0.3) were both steady on NBC. 'Hell's Kitchen: Young Guns' (0.5) also held flat for its finale on Fox. CBS had another round of reruns, going with its usual lineup of 'The Neighborhood' (0.4), 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.3), 'NCIS' (0.3), and 'NCIS: LA' (0.2). 'Roswell, New Mexico' (0.1) made no movement on the CW, it was followed by an encore of 'Penn & Teller' (0.1).

Finals Update: The repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles (+0.1) adjusted up. Monday Night Football (-0.5) adjusted down.

Saturday Cable Ratings 9/11/21: Roadhouse Romance Solid on Hallmark, College Football Dominates, Judge Jeanine Drops

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/11/2021. Items of note include College Football on ESPN, Roadhouse Romance on Hallmark, and Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News.

(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.)

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/12/21: VMAs Drop from 2020, Scenes from a Marriage Starts Low, The Walking Dead Down Yet Again

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/12/21. Items of note include the MTV Video Music Awards on MTV, the series premiere of Scenes from a Marriage on HBO, and Animal Kingdom on TNT.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Sunday TV Ratings 9/12/21: VMAs Solid for The CW, NFL on CBS Leads, Celebrity Family Feud, The Chase and To Tell the Truth All Drop (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The 'Bears v. Rams' NFL game (4.1) propelled NBC to another effortless win, with a sturdy edition of 'Football Night in America' (1.9) occupying the 7-8:30pm stretch. This went about 15% below the preliminary rating of last fall's first Sunday game (4.9) but an upward adjustment should close that gap a bit. ABC was seemingly scorched by the added competition, with 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.5) losing a tenth and 'The Chase' (0.3) shedding two. 'To Tell the Truth' (0.3) inched down in the 10pm hour but was still outpaced by a 7pm rerun of 'AFV' (0.4). With the aid of 'NFL Overrun' (4.5), the premiere of '60 Minutes' (1.8) soared to its usual, football-inflated level. Most of that boost was gone by the time 'Big Brother' (0.9) rolled around but the latter still rose by nearly two-tenths. Reruns of 'The Equalizer' (0.4) and 'NCIS: LA' (0.2) rounded out the evening. Fox's 'Masked Singer & Alter Ego' preview special (0.7) found itself in solid territory but only because it received ample assistance from 'NFL Overrun' (1.8) and 'The OT' (1.2). With a much stronger lead-in than usual, 'Fantasy Island' (0.5) jumped to a season high for a one-off Sunday episode. A repeat of 'Family Guy' (0.3) was at its typical number at 9:30. The CW's broadcast of the '2021 MTV Video Music Awards' (0.2) was marginally higher than their average scripted drama.

Finals Update: NFL Overrun on CBS (+0.8), The Chase (+0.1), NFL: Bears v. Rams (+1.3), NFL Overrun on Fox (+2.8), The OT (+0.5), The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Preview (+0.2), and repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos (+0.1) and NCIS: Los Angeles (+0.1) adjusted up. 60 Minutes (-0.1) adjusted down.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Renewed for Season Three

 


Class is back in session at Disney+. The musical comedy has been renewed for a third season today, months after the finale of season two. Based on the Disney Channel TV movie franchise High School Musical, the series debuted in 2019 as part of Disney+’s initial slate of programming upon its launch. The third season’s episode count is to be determined, and filming will relocate from Utah to Los Angeles for the season, which will be set at a summer camp. Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie, Joshua Bassett and Matt Corbett star in the series. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Friday Cable Ratings 9/10/21: Real Time with Bill Maher and SurrealEstate Rise, Gutfeld! Leads Cable News, US Open Leads Overall

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/10/21. Items of note include Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, All-Elite Wrestling on TNT, and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

(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.)

Friday TV Ratings 9/10/21: The Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11 Trails 20/20 9/11 Special, WWE SmackDown Leads


Preliminary Analysis: Fox was still not dethroned from Friday night dominance as a stable 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) was unsurprisingly the highest-rated broadcast of the evening. ABC settled for second place with a repeat of 'Shark Tank' (0.3) and a 9/11-based '20/20' (0.4). CBS's 'CIA and 9/11' special (0.3) was slightly higher than previous timeslot occupant 'Secret Celebrity Renovation' and led into another 'Blue Bloods' repeat (0.2). NBC saw no movement in either direction from an encore of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.3) and 'Dateline' (0.3). 'Burden of Truth' (0.1) and 'Dynasty' (0.1) both gained a precious tenth on the CW. 

Final numbers to come.

Thursday Cable Ratings 9/9/21: Fox News Leads with Coverage of President Biden COVID Vaccine Speech, What We Do In The Shadows Drops

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/9/21. Items of note include What We Do In The Shadows on FX, President Biden's COVID Vaccine Speech on Fox News, and US Open Tennis on ESPN.

(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 9/9/21: NFL Returns with Higher Ratings than 2020 Kickoff, Big Brother Dips, CBS Fall Preview Special Low (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: NFL ratings enjoyed a sizable rebound as the 'Cowboys v. Buccaneers' game (6.5) soared past the preliminary 5.4 rating that the first 2020 game garnered. The 8pm 'NFL Kickoff' (4.6) also went five-tenths above last year's (4.1), giving the NBC network a clear win. Against the football competition, 'Big Brother' (0.8) only shed a tenth on a week-to-week basis. As usual, CBS's momentum collapsed from there, with a 'Fall Preview' special (0.2) retaining less than a third of that audience. Meager reruns of 'Young Sheldon' (0.2) and 'Bull' (0.1) followed from there. ABC was even with 'Holey Moley' (0.4) and 'When Nature Calls' (0.2), but 'The Hustler' (0.2) lost a few hundredths at 10. Fox was the only network of the evening with no original broadcasts, instead going with encores of 'MasterChef' (0.2) and 'Call Me Kat' (0.2/0.2). On the CW, 'The Outpost' (0.1) picked up a tenth after posting a 0.0 the week prior. 'Coroner' (0.1) remained unchanged at 8. 

Finals Update: Big Brother (+0.1) and NFL: Cowboys v. Buccaneers (+1.1) adjusted up. NFL Kickoff (-1.0) and The Outpost (-0.1) adjusted down.