Bake Your Heart Out Season 3 Episode 11 - Frances Conner’s Revenge

Bake Your Heart Out Season 3, Episode 11
Frances Conner's Revenge

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 2: La Brea Not Yet in the Pits

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, I examine the fates of two of the only four not-yet-renewed scripted series on the peacock network's fall schedule, which both debuted in the past week. Keep reading for my initial thoughts on La Brea and Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/29/21: American Horror Story: Double Feature Slips, Nora From Queens and Full Frontal Rise, The Five Takes Cable News Lead from Tucker Carlson

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/29/21. 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.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 9/29/21: Big Brother Rises for Finale, The Masked Singer and Survivor Hit Series Lows, The Wonder Years Ties Declining The Goldbergs and The Conners (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (1.01) lost a tenth from last week's return but narrowly outdid CBS's 'Survivor' (1.00, -0.06) to once more hold onto the top spot. CBS followed 'Survivor' with the season finale of 'Big Brother' (0.94), the latter rose by a whopping three-tenths from the tepid 0.61 it garnered a week prior. Fox's 'Alter Ego' (0.47) fell by two-tenths from last Wednesday and retained less than half of the 'Masked Singer' audience. ABC's 'The Wonder Years' (0.50) suffered a steep 25% drop in week two but remained close to its 'Goldbergs' lead-in (0.55) and 'Conners' lead-in (0.51), with the latter two also falling by close to two-tenths. The weak links of the lineup seemed mostly unfazed as 'Home Economics' (0.36) only lost five-hundredths and 'A Million Little Things' (0.31) actually rose by two-hundredths. 'Chicago Med' (0.74) and 'Chicago Fire' (0.85) fell by four-hundredths and a single hundredth respectively while 'Chicago PD' (0.76) lost a full tenth. On the CW, 'Riverdale' (0.05) shed two-hundredths while 'In the Dark' (0.04) held even. 

Finals Update: 'The Masked Singer' (+0.1), 'Survivor' (+0.1), 'The Goldbergs' (+0.1), 'Chicago Fire' (+0.1), 'Home Economics' (+0.1), and 'Chicago PD' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'In the Dark' (-0.2) adjusted down.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/28/21: American Crime Story: Impeachment Hits Another New Low, Tucker Carlson Tonight Stays #1 in Cable News, Ingraham Angle Builds on Hannity

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/28/21. 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.)

All Rise Revived by OWN

A season three order in the court! All Rise, which was canceled by CBS earlier this year after two seasons as part of their Monday lineup, has secured a third season order at Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. It averaged 0.46 in the 18-49 demo in season two, making it one of the lower-rated CBS shows and leading to its cancellation. Soon after the cancellation, however, came news that OWN was interested in the series. Negotiations continued until today's confirmation that the show would indeed be returning, securing a twenty-episode pickup for season three. Season three will air in 2022. Simone Missicki, Jessica Camacho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, Wilson Bethel, J. Alex Brinson and Lindsey Gort will all return to the series for season three, while original cast member Marg Helgenberger will not return.

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/28/21: La Brea Becomes Highest-Rated Premiere of the Season, The Resident Hits Series Low, Bachelor in Paradise, FBI and The Voice Also Drop (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: NBC finally found a legitimate hit on their hands in the form of new drama 'La Brea' (0.77). The series debut of 'Brea' retained the majority of its declining 'Voice' lead-in (0.95) and blew last week's 'New Amsterdam' premiere (0.54) out of the water. This is the highest-rated debut for a new program this season, making this launch a clear success story for those running the peacock network. 'Amsterdam' itself (0.43) shed a tenth in the 10pm slot when compared to its week-ago return. On ABC, 'Bachelor in Paradise' (0.77) lost a tenth from last week. CBS's 'FBI' (0.68) was down by just four hundredths while 'FBI: International' (0.52) shed seven-hundredths. 'Most Wanted' (0.54) lost close to two-tenths in its move back to the 10pm hour. Fox's 'The Resident' (0.43) lost a tenth but 'Our Kind of People' (0.34) only fell by a single hundredth, making its performance a lot more digestible than before. 'Stargirl' (0.08) and 'Supergirl' (0.07) held flat on the CW. 

Finals Update: 'The Voice' (+0.1), 'La Brea' (+0.1), 'Bachelor in Paradise' (+0.1) and 'FBI' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'DC's Stargirl' (-0.1) and 'Supergirl' (-0.1) adjusted down.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/27/21: NFL Monday Night Football Jumps Again, Halloween Baking Championship Drops to Series Low, Hannity and Ingraham Angle Slip

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/27/21. 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.)

NBC Orders Law & Order Revival

A decade after its abrupt cancellation, one of the longest-running shows of all-time is finally making its comeback. Law & Order, which spawned the iconic SVU spinoff that remains on the air to this day, has been revived by NBC. The series, which was Dick Wolf's first successful series, debuted in 1990 and ran for an incredible twenty seasons before it was canceled in 2010. A prior attempt in 2015 to revive the series fell through, but this time, it's a done deal. No cast members are attached to the revival. Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, Alana de la Garza and Sam Waterston toplined the cast in its twentieth and final season back in 2010, and a few of those actors are currently bust working on Wolf productions including FBI and Chicago Med.

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/26/21: The Walking Dead Hits a New Low, BMF Premieres Solid Behind Slipping Raising Kanan Finale, Last Week Tonight and Animal Kingdom Also Down

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/26/21. Items of note include The Walking Dead on AMC, Animal Kingdom on TNT, and the series premiere of BMF on Starz.

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

Monday TV Ratings 9/27/21: The Good Doctor Returns Sets New Low, Bob Hearts Abishola Rises, The Big Leap Gets Even Uglier (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: ABC's 'The Good Doctor' (0.41) premiered to a new low for its fifth season debut, continuing a trend it has carried out since the series began. The veteran drama continues to age poorly and fell close to 40% when compared to last season. Its 'Dancing with the Stars' lead-in (0.72) was two-tenths lower than the week prior. NBC's 'The Voice' (0.96) shed a tenth while new drama 'Ordinary Joe' (0.36) dropped by two-tenths from an already lackluster debut. After hitting a series low for its premiere, Fox's '9-1-1' (0.85) managed to rebound in week two, rising by a full tenth on a week-to-week basis. 'The Big Leap' (0.25) failed to replicate that feat, losing four-hundredths from its pathetic start. On CBS, 'The Neighborhood' (0.66) and 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.59) rose by three-hundredths and five-hundredths respectively. Dramas 'NCIS' (0.71) and 'NCIS: Hawai'i' (0.50) were practically even. The CW's 'Roswell, New Mexico' (0.07) was flat and led into a rerun of 'Penn & Teller' (0.07).

Finals Update: '9-1-1' (+0.1) and 'The Neighborhood' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'The Good Doctor' (-0.2) and 'Dancing with the Stars' (-0.1) adjusted down.

Saturday Cable Ratings 9/25/21: Taking the Reins Steady with Previous Hallmark Movie, Dominant College Football Rises, Trump Rally Big for Newsmax

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/25/2021. Items of note include College Football on ESPN, Taking the Reins 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.)

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 1: Is The Rookie Heading for Retirement?

The ABC Renew/Cancel is back this week and it's a busy one! With all of their fall comedies and numerous drams premiering, I have a lot to predict and discuss on a network where very little actually seems certain. Keep reading for initial thoughts on The Wonder Years, The Rookie, Home Economics and more (low-rated) ABC shows!

Friday Cable Ratings 9/24/21: Real Time with Bill Maher Rises, All-Elite Wrestling Back to First Place, Tucker Carlson Stays #1 in Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/24/21. 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.)

Premiere Sunday TV Ratings 9/26/21: The Simpsons Returns Well Below 2020 Premiere, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and The Rookie Sink, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers See Small Drops (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Fox had 'NFL Overrun' (3.2) and 'The OT' (2.5) to boost the premieres of their animated comedies, but 'The Simpsons' (1.1) was still noticeably lower than what it usually garners with a football lead-in. Though it did have much less NFL help than usual, the 33rd season premiere of the cartoon staple was six-tenths below last year's start (1.7). The news was significantly more positive from there as 'The Great North' (0.7) proved to have much stronger retention of NFL-boosted 'Simpsons' than 'Bless the Harts' ever did. 'North' was just a tenth lower than the year-ago 'Harts' debut despite having a lead-in that was 35% smaller. That helped 'Bob's Burgers' (0.6) and 'Family Guy' (0.6) have respectable returns in the 9pm slot, with both shows down just a tenth from their previous debuts. 

ABC had a hellish start to premiere Sunday as 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (0.4) came back three-tenths below its previous low. Leslie Jones-hosted 'Supermarket Sweep' (0.4) and cop drama 'The Rookie' (0.3) also returned with new lows. The momentum of the evening was likely hindered by 'Global Citizen Live' (0.2) tanking the 7pm hour but it's hard to imagine these shows will perform much better when 'AFV' returns to the slot. CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.8) was on the higher-end of its non-NFL delivery while 'Big Brother' (0.9) inched down when compared to its previous Sunday installment. At 9, a 'Tony Awards' special entitled 'Broadway's Back!' (0.4) lost over half of that audience. NBC's 'Packers v. 49ers' NFL game (4.2) was a full ratings point behind last week's game but could adjust up to close the gap. 'Football Night in America' (1.4/2.3) occupied the 7-8:30pm block. The CW was entirely uncompetitive with a repeat of 'Penn & Teller' (0.1) and the 'Wellington Paranormal' finale (0.0). 

Finals Update: 'NFL: Packers v. 49ers' (+1.4), 'The Rookie' (+0.1), 'The Simpsons' (+0.1), and 'NFL Overrun' (+3.1) adjusted up. 'The OT' (-0.3) adjusted down.

Saturday TV Ratings 9/25/21: College Football Lower but Still Dominates as MLB Struggles, 48 Hours Rises (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: The ABC broadcast of the West Virginia v. Oklahoma' college football game (1.0) was the clear champion of the evening but still came in eight tenths below last week's game (1.8). In a distant second, CBS's '48 Hours' (0.4) grew a tenth from its week-ago premiere. Solid reruns of 'NCIS Hawai'i' (0.3) and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.3) occupied the 8-10pm stretch. Fox's 'MLB Regional Coverage' (0.2) was a tenth lower than seven days prior. NBC had an anemic rerun of 'Ordinary Joe' (0.1) and an encore of 'The Voice' (0.2).

Finals Update: College Football (+0.2), MLB (+0.1) and repeats of NCIS: Hawai'i (+0.1) and Ordinary Joe (+0.1) adjusted up.

CBS Renew/Cancel: Why Get Creative? Throw Water at NCIS and FBI to Multiply Schedule Fillers

What are CBS executives to do with populating 20 hours of programming a week in season?  Locate sophisticated and worthy sitcoms to secure Monday nights with sitcoms?  Corner new markets like they did in 2000 and ignite trends like reality TV and crime procedurals?  Nahhh...  Let's just multiply existing procedurals FBI and NCIS, leaving both with 3 entries across the board.  Recent years have found broadcast networks have lost popularity due to proliferation of online streaming services delivering original programming minus excessive Geico commercials.  Why would current viewers want to sit through that (along with original episodes strewn throughout an 8-month period with repeats and filler program)?  

Back to CBS, they have opted to mostly play safe with procedural spinoffs, balanced against some updates to their schedule by cancelling Mom, NCIS and MacGyver, as well as moving SEAL Team and Clarice to sister streamer Paramount Plus.  The results?  Premiere week for the scripted series delivered average to solid, with not a single show indicating red flags of cancellation.  


Young Sheldon -- The series was picked up for 3 seasons last spring, indicating CBS recognizes this is as good as it gets in the current standards.  The successful sitcom returns with original programming for Season 5 on October 7.

FBI -- The 4th year series returned on Tuesday with a 0.72, now being the 7th highest scripted series on display in 25th place among the 81 shows.  Given the success of its spinoffs and younger age, FBI is a Certain Renewal.

FBI: Most Wanted -- Impressively, the 3rd year series retained over 90% of its parent lead-in with a 0.66.  Moving forward 60 minutes benefited FBI: Most wanted at 9:00, and it is predicted as a certain renewal ranking in 29th place among the 81 original series on display.

The Neighborhood -- The 4th year veteran delivered a solid 0.63 Monday night, rating well above average.  It currently sits in 32nd Place among the 81 shows on display since September 1, so Certain Renewal is predicted.

Bob+Abishola -- Its ratings are indeed softer at 0.54, but it makes a wonderful companion series to The Neighborhood 3 seasons in.  Tied in 38th Place among the 81 shows, Bob+Abishola is a solid delivery on the sitcom front.  Its ratings and compatibility make it a Certain Renewal.

NCIS -- The 19th season opened with 0.73, making it the 6th highest-rated scripted series ranking 24th out of the 81 series.  So why is this landmark series only a Likely Renewal?  Advanced age makes series expensive to produce.  However, it's still strong and holds strong renewal possibilities.

FBI: International -- The 3rd entry in the FBI series debuted at 0.59, retaining almost 90% of its lead-in and registered 34th among the 81 series.  Close monitoring is necessary as most series drop in ratings after debut, but for now is is a Likely Renewal.

NCIS: Hawaii -- CBS's weakest scripted program scored 0.51, ranking 41st of the 81 series.  It only retained 70% of lead in NCIS, but its ratings hit the average rating for series in the 2021-22 season.  Until more episodes are available, it is a Likely Renewal.

Premiere Friday TV Ratings 9/24/21: Secret Celebrity Renovation Ends Steady Behind Down Big Brother, Dateline NBC Premiere Also Steady, Wonder Years Repeat Tops Ordinary Joe Repeat (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: There were no series debuts on Friday evening as a clip show of CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.5) and Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) tied for the top spot. CBS followed 'Brother' up with the steady season finale of lackluster filler program 'Secret Celebrity Renovation' (0.2) and another 'Blue Bloods' rerun (0.2). NBC got little mileage out of a pilot encore of 'Ordinary Joe' (0.2), with the 'Dateline' premiere (0.4) managing to double 'Joe in the 9pm hour. ABC had repeats of 'The Wonder Years' (0.3) and 'Home Economics' (0.3) in the 8pm hour, with 'Economics' only a tenth lower than Wednesday's return. '20/20' (0.3) remained in meager territory without its usual 'Shark Tank' lead-in. 'Dynasty' (0.1/0.1) held flat on the CW.

Finals Update: WWE SmackDown (+0.1) and repeats of The Wonder Years (+0.1) and 20/20 (+0.1) adjusted up. The 9 PM Dynasty (-0.1) adjusted down.

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.

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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.

Grade: A-

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


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).

Finals Update: College Football (+0.3) and the repeat of SWAT (+0.1) adjusted up.

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.

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