Thursday Cable Ratings 4/29/21: NFL Draft Slides from 2020 but Dominates, Top Chef Rises Again, Wipeout, Impractical Jokers and Everythings Gonna Be Okay Dip

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 4/29/21. Items of note include Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform, Top Chef on Bravo, and Wipeout on TBS.

(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Kenan and Young Rock Renewed For Second Seasons


Following the renewal of Ted Danson sitcom 'Mr. Mayor' last month, NBC has decided to renew two more comedies. 

Photo Credit: NBC/Universal

NBC's new sitcoms 'Young Rock' and Kenan' will be back for another round of episodes, the peacock network has renewed both programs for a second season. 'Young Rock' centers on wrestler/actor  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the different phases of his life. Uli Latukefu, Bradley Constant, Joseph Lee Anderson, and Stacey Leilua make up the main cast. 'Kenan' focuses on 'Saturday Night Live' star Kenan Thompson's life as a widowed dad raising two daughters. Aside from Thompson, Don Johnson, fellow 'SNL' cast member Chris Redd, Kimre Lewis, Dani Lane, and Dannah Lane star in the series. 

'Young Rock' and 'Kenan' both got off to strong starts in the ratings for their series debuts, with 'Rock' posting a mammoth 1.01 A18-49 rating and 'Kenan' garnering a solid 0.83 rating. Viewers quickly fled from there, with the two being in freefall ever since. The most recent episode of 'Young Rock' was down to a middling 0.46, less than half of its series debut. Meanwhile, 'Kenan' closed out its first season with an uninspiring 0.39 rating in the lucrative 18-49 demographic. Nonetheless, the renewals signal that NBC wants to build up its comedy brand and nurture these shows some more. 


What do you think of this news? Will you be watching the second season of these shows? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday TV Ratings 4/29/21: Let’s Be Real Bombs Behind Dropping Last Man Standing, Weaker NFL Draft Dominates, Manifest, Mom & B Positive Also Slip (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: ABC traded out its drama trio for the '2021 NFL Draft' (1.0) and got slightly stronger ratings than usual. Despite that, the draft was four-tenths below the previous edition from 2020 (1.4). On CBS, 'Young Sheldon' (0.7) held even but 'United States of AI' (0.5), 'Mom' (0.5), and 'B Positive' (0.4) all lost a tenth. A repeat of 'Clarice' (0.2) clogged the 10pm slot once more. NBC's 'Manifest' (0.4/0.4) dropped to a new season low for a two-hour episode, leading into an encore of 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.3). Fox had an absolutely horrific night with 'Hell's Kitchen' out of the picture. Following a repeat of 'Name That Tune' (0.2), 'Last Man Standing' (0.3) fell to a brutal series low. At 9:30, the return of puppet comedy 'Let's Be Real' (0.2) bombed out the gate, 50% below the last time it aired (0.4) and even behind last week's installment of 'The Moodys' (0.34). The CW aired two royal-themed specials, 'William & Kate's Royal Anniversary' (0.1) and 'Harry & Meghan's American Dream' (0.1). Few tuned in to watch but those low ratings should definitely excite Piers Morgan.

Finals Update: NFL Draft (+0.1) and both episodes of Manifest (+0.1 each) adjusted up.

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/28/21: President Biden Address Down from 2020 Trump State of the Union, The Goldbergs Slips (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: President Biden's address took over primetime, with ABC's broadcast (0.6) narrowly outperforming NBC's (0.5). Fox (0.4) and CBS (0.4) tied for last place. NBC, ABC, and CBS all posted matching 0.3s for the 10:30pm Republican response by Senator Tim Scott, with Fox absent since it does carry primetime programming after 10. Needless to say, these numbers were markedly down from President Trump's 2020 'State of the Union' address. Only ABC was able to tie 2020's rating, with Fox falling by more than 50% on a year-to-year basis. NBC shed four-tenths while CBS was down by two. 

The 8pm hour was politics-free but the ratings weren't exactly anything to write home about. ABC's 'The Goldbergs' (0.5) inched down to a new low while 'Home Economics' clung to its feeble 0.4 rating. CBS's 'Price Is Right At Night' (0.5) was on-par with the alphabet network, with NBC's repeat of 'Chicago Med' (0.4) close behind. Fox's 'Masked Singer' sing-along/clip show (0.8) was a few tenths lower than a traditional episode but well above the competition. The CW didn't broadcast Biden at all, instead airing steady editions of 'Kung Fu' (0.2) and 'Nancy Drew' (0.1).

Finals Update: 'President Biden Address to Congress' on ABC (+0.1), NBC (+0.1), and CBS (+0.1) and the 'Republican Response' on ABC (+0.1) and CBS (+0.2) adjusted up. 

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/28/21: Biden Address Beats 2020 Trump SOTU on MSNBC and CNN but Remains Lower Overall, Queen of the South Soars

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/28/21. Items of note include President Biden's Address to Congress on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, and Queen of the South on USA.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/27/21: Temptation Island Ends on a Season High, Delilah Finale Hits Low, Mayans MC and Chad Slip

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/27/21. Items of note include the season finale of Temptation Island on USA, the finale of Delilah on OWN, and Cruel Summer on Freeform.

(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 Big Leap Ordered to Series

Fox has ordered dramedy pilot The Big Leap to series. In it, a group of underdogs from different walks of life compete in a competition reality series that builds to a live production of Swan Lake. What they lack in the traditional dancer body type, they make up for in edge, wit and their desire to reimagine the iconic ballet in their own mold. Scott Foley, Teri Polo, Piper Perabo, Jon Rudnitsky, Simone Recasner, Ser'Darius Blain and Matt Lucas are attached to star.

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/27/21: Kenan Ends Steady, NCIS, Young Rock, New Amsterdam & Big Sky Among Many Shows Hitting New Series Lows (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: On a night where several shows crashed to new lows, CBS's 'NCIS' (0.6) lost a whopping four-tenths from its last episode, marking its lowest rating ever. That mediocre number was still enough to beat out all programs on the other networks. Later in the evening, 'FBI' (0.6) shed two-tenths while 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.6) was only down by one. On NBC, sitcom 'Young Rock' (0.4) fell to yet another new low, now at less than half of its stellar 1.0 debut back in February. 'Kenan' (0.4) was able to hold steady for its season finale, pulling into a tie with 'Rock' for the first time. At 10, medical drama 'New Amsterdam' (0.3) dropped two-tenths behind a 'This Is Us' encore (0.3). ABC's 'Black-ish' (0.3) and 'Big Sky' (0.3) lost one-tenth apiece, with 'Big Sky' posting its third-straight decline since its return. Reality series 'Pooch Perfect' (0.4) and 'Mixed-ish' (0.3) were flat. Fox's 'The Resident' (0.5) was steady, but 'Prodigal Son' (0.3) gave back a tenth. The CW's 'Supergirl' (0.2) was the lone show of the evening to rise a tenth, the superhero drama led out of a repeat of 'The Flash' (0.2). 

Finals Update: FBI (+0.1), Young Rock (+0.1), Blackish (+0.1), New Amsterdam (+0.1), and Big Sky (+0.1) adjusted down. Supergirl (-0.1) and the repeat of The Flash (-0.1) adjusted down.

Monday Cable Ratings 4/26/21: Spring Baking Championship Inches Up for Finale, Breeders Doubles, American Dad! Slips

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 4/26/21. Items of note include the season finale of Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, American Dad! on TBS, and Breeders on FX.

(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 4/25/21: The Nevers Sinks as Mare of Easttown Gains, When Calls the Heart and Fear The Walking Dead Also Tick Up, 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After Takes First

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 4/25/21. Items of note include Mare of Easttown on HBO, When Calls the Heart on Hallmark, and the 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 4/24/21: Hearts Down Under Decent for Hallmark, Amphibia Rises, UFC Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/24/2021. Items of note include Final Space on Adult Swim, Amphibia on Disney, and Hearts Down Under on Hallmark.

(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 4/26/21: Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Special Weak, 9-1-1 Shows and CBS Comedies Slip (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: ABC's highly-publicized 'Sesame Street' special (0.5) failed to bring in a large audience but was really only a tenth behind the week-ago installment of 'American Idol' (0.59). Despite having a smaller lead-in, 10pm drama 'The Good Doctor' (0.5) matched its last episode. On Fox, '9-1-1' (0.9) and '9-1-1: Lone Star' (0.7) lost two-tenths apiece, with both programs slipping to new lows. In spite of that, '9-1-1' was still the night's highest-rated offering. NBC's 'The Voice' (0.8) inched down as struggling drama 'Debris' (0.4) held even. 'The Neighborhood' (0.6) and 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.5) shed a tenth on CBS but 'Bull' (0.5) rose by a tenth for its 100th episode. 'All Rise' (0.4) was flat in the 9pm slot. The CW had stable helpings of 'All American' (0.2) and 'Black Lightning' (0.1).

Finals Update: 9-1-1 (+0.1) and Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days (+0.1) adjusted up.

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 23: Rebel, Rebel

This week on the ABC Renew/Cancel, I bring the focus back to Rebel, which is lookingbetter by the week. Plus, I discuss the future of The Conners. Keep reading to see where both shows land after this update!

Sunday TV Ratings 4/25/21: 93rd Oscars Crash to All-Time Low (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The aggressive rejection of award shows continued with the 93rd edition of 'The Oscars' (1.7). ABC's telecast of the ceremony was an unsettling 68% below the 92nd showcase back in February 2020 (5.3), a number that was already on the lower-end for the film gala. In total viewers, this ceremony posted a measly 8.4 million, down 65% from the year-ago 23.6 million. While these numbers will definitely rise a bit after final adjustments, they will still pale in comparison to the glory days of 'The Oscars'. Earlier in the evening, the 7pm 'Into the Spotlight' special (0.9) was roughly 44% behind the 'Red Carpet' special (1.6) from last year.

The other networks were mostly in repeat-mode, unwilling to compete with the once powerful production. CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.4) was the only non-'Oscars' original and lost two-tenths from its last episode. Repeats of 'The Equalizer' (0.3), recently-renewed 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.3), and 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.2) populated the remaining hours. NBC got decent mileage out of the 2017 film 'The Fate of the Furious' (0.3). This result was about on-par with a typical episode of 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist'. The feature-film was preceded by an encore of 'Ellen's Game of Games' (0.2). Fox had an entire night of animation reruns (0.2/0.2/0.3/0.3/0.3/0.3), with the 7:30pm encore of 'Bless the Harts' (0.2) outperforming an original episode from April 4th (0.11). The CW went with repeats of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1) and 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1). 

Finals Update: 'The Oscars' (+0.4), '60 Minutes' (+0.1), and 'The Fate of the Furious' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Oscars: Into the Spotlight' (-0.2) adjusted down. This means that this 'Oscars' ceremony (2.12) was down 60% from the previous in the 18-49 demo, a drop slightly larger than 'The Grammys' (2.28-58%). In viewership, it shed 56% but was able to cross the 10 million mark. 

Friday Cable Ratings 4/23/21: RuPaul’s Drag Race Hits Season High for Finale, A Black Lady Sketch Show Returns Low Behind Rising Real Time, NBA Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 4/23/21. Items of note include the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, the season premiere of A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO, and SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon.

(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.)

Saturday TV Ratings 4/24/21: NBA Leads Another Quiet Saturday, SNL Vintage and 48 Hours Tied for Second (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: ABC's 'Lakers v. Mavericks' NBA game (0.4) won the night once again, building from the 'NBA Countdown' broadcast at 8 (0.3). NBC had another round of 'Law & Order' encores (0.2/0.2) and a slightly stronger 'SNL Vintage' (0.3). CBS had encores of 'FBI' (0.2) and 'SWAT' (0.2), with '48 Hours' (0.3) growing from the reruns at 10. Fox was a bit more competitive than usual, with repeats of 'The Masked Singer' (0.2) and 'Game of Talents' (0.2) outpacing week-ago 'PBC Boxing' (0.15). 

Finals Update: NBA: Lakers v. Mavericks (+0.1) and the repeat of Law & Order: SVU (+0.1) adjusted up.

Ranking the Best Picture Nominees at the 93rd Academy Awards

It's Oscar day in America, and eight films are vowing for the most prestigious award in the film industry: Best Picture. I'm counting down all eight Best Picture nominees from worst to best. Keep reading to see which was my favorite this year!

Friday TV Ratings 4/23/21: 20/20 and Shark Tank Slip, Dateline Rises (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: With CBS's dramas in repeat-mode (0.3/0.3/0.3), ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.6) was free to top the night despite a one-tenth decline. '20/20' (0.4) lost two-tenths at 9 and fell behind a rising outing of NBC's Dateline' (0.5). Earlier in the peacock network's evening, 'The Blacklist' (0.4) held even. Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) lost a tenth while The CW had encores of 'Whose Line' (0.1/0.1) and 'Penn & Teller' (0.1).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.

Thursday Cable Ratings 4/22/21: Top Chef Jumps to Season High, Impractical Jokers Also Rises, NBA Stays on Top

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 4/22/21. Items of note include Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform, Top Chef on Bravo, and Wipeout on TBS.

(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

’NCIS: Los Angeles’ Renewed For 13th Season, ’NCIS: Hawaii’ Ordered to Series

 

CBS has gifted 'NCIS' fans with a double dose of good news. 

The cast of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' from Season 3, Episode 11. Credit: CBS

After leaving it out of last week's mass renewal, the CBS network has opted to renew crime drama 'NCIS: Los Angeles' for a thirteenth season. On top of that, they have ordered drama spinoff 'NCIS: Hawaii' to series. 'NCIS: Los Angeles' is a police procedural that currently airs at 9pm on Sunday nights. The 12th season currently averages a respectable 0.61 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic. 

'NCIS: Los Angeles' was left out of the week-ago renewals due to cast deals not being complete, but those matters have since been settled. The series stars Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell, Linda Hunt, and Renee Felice Smith. The renewal of this long-running crime drama was a correct prediction by the TV Ratings Guide. 'Hawaii' will be the third spinoff of the popular 'NCIS' franchise, following 'NCIS: LA' and 'NCIS: New Orleans'. 'NCIS' itself was a spinoff of the late-90s drama 'JAG'. CBS released the announcement through their Twitter account.

What do you think of this news? Will you be watching the upcoming season of 'NCIS: LA' and the first season of 'NCIS: Hawaii'? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Thursday TV Ratings 4/22/21: Hell’s Kitchen Finale and Greys Anatomy Lead, Mom Ties Young Sheldon, Rebel and SVU Drop (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.8) wrapped up its robust 19th season in phenomenal shape, tying its season high and matching 'Grey's' (0.8) for the top spot of the night. The Gordon Ramsay staple has always been a useful utility player, but it seems that the series has managed to cross over into legitimate "hit" territory this year. Following the cooking-show finale, 'Last Man Standing' (0.5) and 'The Moody's' (0.3) both gained a tenth. 'Moody's' will not be returning in this slot, with puppet comedy 'Let's Be Real' taking over next week. ABC was in complete freefall mode as 'Station 19' (0.7), 'Grey's Anatomy' (0.8), and 'Rebel' (0.4) all lost a tenth. CBS's 'Young Sheldon' (0.6) and 'United States of AI' (0.5) were down two-tenths and a tenth respectively. 9pm comedies 'Mom' (0.6) and 'B Positive' (0.5) held even, and a repeat of 'Clarice' (0.2) tanked the 10pm slot as usual. On NBC, 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.7) slipped by two-tenths while 'Organized Crime' (0.6) only lost one-tenth. 8pm drama 'Manifest' posted its third-straight 0.5 rating. The CW aired the 2019 film '2040' (0.1), likely previewing how Nielsen ratings will look like in that particular year. 

Finals Update: Hell's Kitchen (+0.1), Grey's Anatomy (+0.1), Young Sheldon (+0.1), United States of Al (+0.1) and Law & Order: SVU (+0.1) adjusted up. 

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 20: Good Girls Has Great Renewal Odds

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, I shift the attention back to Good Girls for some additional discussion of a show that's flown under my radar this season. Plus, I talk about an under-performing comedy that's been dropping more as the season goes on. Keep reading to see which two shows will see prediction shakeups this week!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/21/21: Good Trouble Rises for Midseason Finale, Snowfall Ends Steady, Queen of the South Collapses

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/14/21. Items of note include the season finale of Snowfall on FX, the midseason finale of Good Trouble on Freeform, 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.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/21/21: The Masked Singer Steady for Two-Hour Episode, The Conners and Home Economics Sink to New Lows, Chicago Med Ticks Up (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (1.2) remained remarkably steady for a two-hour installment. The series once more topped the evening and was the only one to slip past the 1.0 rating threshold. NBC was close behind with a rising 'Chicago Med' (0.9) and stable helpings of 'Chicago Fire' (0.8) and 'Chicago PD' (0.8). ABC's comedy-majority block somehow reached uglier levels as 'Home Economics' (0.4), 'Call Your Mother' (0.3), and 'A Million Little Things' (0.3) all shed a tenth. In-between, 'The Conners' (0.4) lost two-tenths, dropping to a nasty new series low. 'The Goldbergs' (0.6) looked like a godsend in the 8pm slot, managing to match last week's performance. CBS's 'Price Is Right' special (0.5) was three-tenths below the previous one (0.8), but 'SEAL Team' (0.4) and 'SWAT' (0.4) were unchanged. 'Kung Fu' (0.2) was even in week 3 and led into a 'Nancy Drew' encore (0.1).

Finals Update: Chicago Fire (+0.1), Chicago PD (+0.1), The Conners (+0.1) and SEAL Team (+0.1) adjusted up.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/20/21: Cruel Summer Has Okay Start, Chauvin Verdict Majorly Boosts CNN and MSNBC, Mayans MC and The Oval Rise, Chad Slips

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/20/21. Items of note include the series premiere of Cruel Summer on Freeform, Chad on TBS, and the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Verdict on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

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

How I Met Your Mother Offshoot How I Met Your Father Ordered by Hulu

After numerous attempts to adapt a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother, the project has finally found a home at Hulu. How I Met Your Father has secured a straight-to-series ten-episode order at the streaming service. The project has been in development in some way for nearly a decade, which was first at CBS under the title "How I Met Your Dad." Hilary Duff will star in the Hulu series, which is executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Like HIMYM, How I Met Your Father will center on Duff's character telling stories from her past to her children that tie into how she met their father. Aside from similar formatting, it's unknown how the series will tie into the original story of How I Met Your Mother, or if it will be related to that story in any way. The series, like How I Met Your Mother, will blend elements of multi-camera and single-camera filming.

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/20/21: Blackish Rises After Week Off, Kenan and Big Sky Hit New Lows, The Resident and Young Rock Lead Weak Night (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: After rising last week, NBC's 'Young Rock' (0.5) inched back down to its series low. That seemed to be the least of the peacock network's worries since 'Kenan' dropped to an atrocious 0.3 rating right after, marking its weakest performance yet. The small silver lining came in the 10pm hour with drama 'New Amsterdam' (0.4), the latter held even despite its 'This Is Us' lead-in (0.3) going into repeat-mode. ABC's night wasn't much better, with 'Big Sky' (0.4) falling to yet another new low at 10. 'Pooch Perfect' (0.4) and 'Mixed-ish' (0.3) were steady, but 'Black-ish' (0.4) was able to gain a tenth in the 9pm slot. One week after their returns, Fox dramas 'The Resident' (0.5) and 'Prodigal Son' (0.4) remained unchanged. CBS took the night off in a last-minute decision, choosing to air repeats of 'NCIS' (0.5) and 'FBI' (0.5) due to President Biden's speech on the Derek Chauvin conviction. A CBS News report on the verdict (0.3) occupied the 10pm slot. Leading out of an encore of 'The Flash' (0.1), The CW's 'Supergirl' (0.1) inched down. 

Finals Update: Kenan (+0.1) and New Amsterdam (+0.1) adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 4/19/21: American Dad! Returns Up from Finale, WWE Raw Leads, Hannity Jumps to First in Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 4/19/21. Items of note include the season premiere of American Dad! on TBS, Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, and Breeders on FX.

(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.)

College Season 3 Episode 22: Interpersonal Relationship Studies

                                                                         

Sunday Cable Ratings 4/18/21: Modest Start for Mare of Easttown, City on a Hill and The Nevers Rise, Fear The Walking Dead Hits Low

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 4/18/21. Items of note include the series premiere of Mare of Easttown on HBO, City on a Hill on Showtime, and the 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 4/17/21: Prince Philip’s Funeral Draws Strong Ratings, Final Space Rises, NBA Leads


 Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/17/2021. Items of note include the Funeral of Prince Philip on CNN, Fox News & MSNBC, Final Space on Adult Swim, and Right In Front Of Me on Hallmark.

(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 4/19/21: 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star Return Down, The Voice Shoots Past American Idol, The Neighborhood Ticks Up (UPDATED)

 

Preliminary Analysis: After a month-and-a-half off the air, Fox's duo of '9-1-1' (1.0) and '9-1-1: Lone Star' (0.8) seemed relatively unfazed. The two were down just a tenth from their last installments and definitely have a chance to close the gap with an upward adjustment. Over on NBC, 'The Voice' (0.9) rose by two-tenths but still fell short of '9-1-1'. 'Debris' (0.4) merely held even at 10. ABC's 'American Idol' (0.6) lost two-tenths from its last Monday episode while 'The Good Doctor' (0.5) only shed a tenth. CBS had a mediocre evening as 'The Neighborhood' (0.7) got back a tenth but 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.5), 'All Rise' (0.4), and 'Bull' (0.4) stayed frozen at their week-ago numbers. 'All American' (0.2) and 'Black Lightning' (0.1) were unchanged on the CW.

Finals Update: 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.6, +0.1)'9-1-1' (1.1, +0.1), and '9-1-1: Lone Star' (0.9, +0.1) adjusted up. This puts '9-1-1' (1.07) exactly even with its previous episode and 'Lone Star' (0.86) down by just three hundredths. 

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 22: Home Economics Headed for Bankruptcy

This week on the ABC Renew/Cancel, I take a further look at the two newest ABC series, Home Economics and Rebel. Plus, I analyze the return of Big Sky and assess its renewal odds now that it appears to have weakened.

Friday Cable Ratings 4/16/21: Real Time with Bill Maher Steady at Low, Van Helming Returns Down, Ravens Home and Sydney to the Max Rise, NBA Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 4/16/21. Items of note include Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the season premiere of Van Helsing on Syfy, and SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon.

(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 4/18/21: ACM Awards Hold Up Well from 2020 Ceremony, Bless the Harts and Good Girls Rise, American Idol, Zoey’s Playlist & Bob’s Burgers Slip (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Airing on CBS, the 'Academy of Country Music Awards' (0.8) was only down three-tenths from the previous ceremony (1.1 in Sept. 2020) and edged out 'American Idol' (0.7) for the top spot. The awards show had decent help from its '60 Minutes' lead-in (0.6), despite 'Minutes' losing three-tenths from last week. On ABC, 'American Idol' (0.7) shed a tenth, likely due to the stronger competition and having to lead out of a rotten pair of 'Home Economics' (0.3/0.2) encores. At 10, 'The Rookie' (0.4) clung to its week-ago rating for dear life. Fox's 'Bless the Harts' (0.3) inched up in the 7:30 slot, pulling into a tie with the 8:30pm edition of 'The Great North' (0.3). 'North' led out of a steady 'Simpsons' (0.4) while 'Harts' followed a 'Simpsons' encore (0.2). Later in the evening, 'Bob's Burgers' (0.4) held even but 'Family Guy' (0.4) lost a tenth. NBC had another dreadful night as their 'Roll Up Your Sleeves' (0.2) vaccine special couldn't conjure up viewers. A repeat of 'Ellen's Game of Games' and a sinking 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' both posted that same miserable 0.2 rating. Even with such dismal assistance, 'Good Girls' (0.4) was actually able to rise a tenth in the 10pm slot. 'Batwoman' (0.2) ticked up on the CW and led into a stable 'Charmed' (0.1).

Finals Update: 'American Idol' (0.8, +0.1), 'The Rookie' (0.5, +0.1), 'Family Guy' (0.5, +0.1), and 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' (0.3, +0.1) all adjusted up.

Sitcom Scorecard (4/11-4/15): Home Economics Leans Cancellation

 


Once again, Spring numbers are soft and flimsy on the schedule, driving down several series.  So much so ABC and FOX are one thousandth apart, potentially leading to a weakened ABC lineup taking 2nd place for the seasons having been cemented in third and briefly run over by NBC in February.   Noticeable drops for the week came for CBS Mondays as well as freshman series such as The Great North, Kenan, Home Economics and United States of Al.  The Great North was already handed a renewal, but most freshman and sophomore sitcoms have questionable renewal odds.  Young Rock has demonstrated enough stability for NBC while Kenan continues to hemorrhage viewers.

Over at ABC, freshman Call Your Mother and Home Economics registered weak retention out of solid lead-ins and sophomore Mixedish failed to capitalize on a development bed with This Is Us in freefall.  Home Economics may get a pass if ABC decides to throw the towel in on American Housewife but a late season debut leaves the odds stacked against them.  The trouble with ABC's sitcoms was timing as all would have displayed more successfully had they debuted in earlier seasons.  Call Your Mother pairs nicely with the multicam tempo of The Conners and perhaps would have found its footing on Tuesday.  Home Economics would have benefited greatly being paired next door the Modern Family before it bowed out, and Mixedish would have been received better when Blackish was stronger.

Over at CBS, the writing is on the wall United States of Al, B-Positive and The Unicorn cannot sustain or lead an hour of programming.  With Mom nearing its end, the network has not located a strong player to anchor the Thursday 9:00 hour.  CBS does indeed have capability of launching successful shows with The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola debuting successfully on Monday without other shows powering them up.  And FOX? It appears the live action comedies are the weaklings as Call Me Kat hardly stands out, and The Moodys just plain sinks.