Monday TV Ratings 4/29/24: American Idol Declines but Still Leads, The Voice Sinks to Series Low, NCIS: Hawai’i Steady After Cancellation

Analysis to come.

Sunday TV Ratings 4/28/24: Michael Strahan/Jon Bon Jovi Special Decent, American Idol Hits Season High, The Equalizer Hits New Low

Analysis to come.

Saturday TV Ratings 4/27/24: NBA Playoffs Dominate, UFL Weak

Analysis to come.

CBS Renew/Cancel Wrap-Up Part 1: Discussing Final Outcomes + Schedule Predictions

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, April 28, 2024

 

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/24/24: American Horror Story: Delicate Doubles for Finale, Top Chef and Grown-Ish Tie Series Lows, NBA Playoffs Rise

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/24/24. Items of note include the season finale of American Horror Story: Delicate on FX, Chucky on Syfy and USA, and Top Chef on Bravo.

(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 4/23/24: Shogun Ends Steady, NBA Playoffs Slip but Still Dominate, The Five Takes Cable News Lead

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/23/24. Items of note include the season finale of Shogun on FX, Vanderpump Rules on Bravo, and NBA on TNT.

(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.)

SugarCity Season 2 Episode 5: SOKE In Success [Series Finale]

Monday Cable Ratings 4/22/24: The Rachel Maddow Show Hits All-Time Low, WWE Raw Slips Against NBA Playoffs, Jesse Watters Primetime Leads Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Monday, 4/22/24. Items of note include Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, WWE Raw on USA, and the WNBA Draft on ESPN.

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

Thursday TV Ratings 4/25/24: NFL Draft Rises from 2023, Elsbeth Hits New Low, Young Sheldon and Ghosts Also Drop (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

NCIS: Hawai’i Canceled by CBS After Three Seasons

The Ratings Junkie Friday, April 26, 2024

 

Sunday Cable Ratings 4/21/24: The Jinx Returns Low, When Calls the Heart and Parish Rise, The Sympathizer Drops

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Sunday, 4/21/24. Items of note include the season premiere of The Jinx on HBO, Parish on AMC, and When Calls the Heart on Hallmark.

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

Frances in the Kitchen Season 5 Episode 2 - Charity Basketball in the Kitchen

Frances in the Kitchen Season 5 Episode 2
Charity Basketball in the Kitchen

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/24/24: Not Dead Yet Ends Down, Survivor and The Conners Also Decline, The Masked Singer Stable (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

The Equalizer Renewed for Season 5

CBS continues to secure its programming for next season, this time renewing the Queen Latifah-led procedural The Equalizer for a fifth season. The series, a reboot of the 1985 Ed Woodward series of the same name, has been a solid performer for CBS since its debut behind Super Bowl LV in 2021. This season, the series averaged 0.47 in the key 18-49 demo, being slightly overshadowed by its lead-out, Tracker. Despite that, it has consistently rated as one of the top programs on Sunday nights and is CBS's #5 scripted show this season, only rating behind Thursday comedies Young Sheldon and Ghosts, FBI, and the aforementioned Tracker. The fifth season will run for eighteen episodes, steady with its second and third seasons. Lorraine Toussaint, Liza Lapira, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg and Laya DeLeon Hayes star alongside Queen Latifah. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide, and leaves NCIS: Hawai'i as CBS's only show with its fate still in limbo.

Saturday Cable Ratings 4/20/24: Falling in Love in Niagara Solid on Hallmark, NBA Playoffs Continue Domination, Big City Greens Slips

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/20/24. Items of note include On Patrol: Live on Reelz, Monsters at Work on Disney, and Falling in Love in Niagara 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.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/23/24: TMZ Arnold & Sly Special Improves on The Cleaning Lady, Lopez vs Lopez and The Interrogation Tapes Hit New Lows, FBI Slips (Final Ratings)

Analysis to come.

Monday TV Ratings 4/22/24: The Voice Leads the Night, The Neighborhood and NCIS Tumble, NCIS: Hawai’i Slightly Up (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: NBC's The Voice (0.41, 0.00) matched last week's rating and topped the night in the Adults 18-49 demographic, while Deal or No Deal Island (0.29, -0.02) dipped. ABC's American Idol (0.40, +0.04) improved and was just slightly below The Voice, but The Interrogation Tapes (0.17, -0.07) crashed in the 10 p.m. hour. The declines were just as ugly on CBS as The Neighborhood (0.33, -0.09), Bob Hearts Abishola (0.27, -0.06), and NCIS (0.36, -0.07) all collapsed. NCIS: Hawai'i (0.32, +0.01), however, bucked the trend and actually rose by a hundredth. MasterChef Junior (0.29, +0.02) was up on Fox, but So You Think You Can Dance was frozen at 0.15. The CW's All American (0.09, 0.00) held steady as well.

Friday Cable Ratings 4/19/24: RuPaul’s Drag Race Hits Highest Rating Since 2021 with Finale, Real Time with Bill Maher Slips, NBA Playoffs Dominate

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Friday, 4/19/24. Items of note include the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race on MTV, NBA Playoffs on TNT, and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

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

Sunday TV Ratings 4/21/24: The Great North and The Simpsons Jump, The Equalizer and Tracker Slide, America’s Funniest Home Videos Leads (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Fox's struggling cartoon lineup improved a good bit as The Simpsons (0.25, +0.05), Krapopolis (0.20, +0.05), and The Great North (0.21, +0.05) were all up by half a tenth from their last originals. Grimsburg (0.15, +0.03) was also up at 9:30 but not nearly as much as the others. Over on CBS, 60 Minutes (0.41, -0.45), The Equalizer (0.38, -0.25), and Tracker (0.42, -0.14) all declined significantly. CSI: Vegas (0.27, -0.06) also dropped but less than the others. ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (0.51, -0.07) slipped but was the highest-rated program of the night. American Idol (0.49, +0.01) and What Would You Do? (0.23, +0.05) improved, with the latter pulling off some much-needed growth for its season finale. NBC aired an assortment of reruns (0.08/0.11/0.11), while The CW went with the film Point Break (0.07).

Saturday TV Ratings 4/20/24: NBA Playoffs Dominate, SNL Vintage Takes Extremely Distant Second (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: ABC's broadcast of the Lakers v. Nuggets game dominated in both the Adults 18-49 demographic (1.66) and in total viewership (5.65 million). Fox's UFL game (0.17) was a hundredth higher than last week's but still no match for the NBA Playoffs. NBC aired reruns of The Wall (0.13), Weakest Link (0.18), and SNL Vintage (0.20). 48 Hours (0.18, -0.11) came crashing down on CBS. I Am Patrick Swayze (0.06) was a hundredth higher than last week's I Am Heath Ledger (0.05) on the CW.

Raymond Island Season 5 Episode 8 - Hostess with the Mostest

Raymond Island Season 5, Episode 8
Hostess with the Mostest

CW Renew/Cancel Part 1: All American’s Ratings Are All Right, but the End Is Nigh

Welcome to the all-new CW Renew/Cancel! There has been massive shakeups at the network since our last column in May of 2023, with the new owners completely reshaping what the CW is what what it airs. The network is now home to a heavily-unscripted slate, with nearly all of its scripted programs being acquired programs from Canada and the UK. However, some originals do remain, as do several co-productions. For this renew/cancel, we're only predicting CW originals like All American and Walker, as well as international shows that CW has a hand in producing, like Wild Cards and Son of a Critch. These are shows that, while other networks hold much of the power for determining renewals, CW has at least some stake in them and will have a sway in the decisions. This means fully acquired shows, like Children Ruin Everything, Family Law, and The Conners will not appear in this chart, though you can still get predictions for The Conners in our ABC Renew/Cancel.

Friday TV Ratings 4/19/24: Shark Tank and WWE SmackDown Decline, SWAT Stable, Billy Joel Repeat Decent (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Fox's WWE Smackdown (0.63, -0.13) declined dramatically in the key demo but held onto its lead nonetheless. On ABC, Shark Tank (0.31, -0.01) and 20/20 (0.24, -0.07) dropped from their week-ago episodes. CBS's SWAT (0.36, 0.00) was even with last week's installment and led into a solid encore of Billy Joel: The 100th (0.26). That encore ended up beating NBC's Password rerun (0.18) and Dateline original (0.24, -0.02). Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.06, 0.00) tied its last original on the CW.

Thursday Cable Ratings 4/18/24: NHL Narrowly Trails Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Fox News Leads Cable News with Israel Strike Coverage

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Thursday, 4/18/24. Items of note include NBA on TNT, Jersey Shore Family Vacation on MTV, and NHL 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.)

FOX Renew/Cancel Week 25: "Family Guy" Fantasy Scheduling


Predictions for 04/21/24
Photo Credit: Fox

Below are the Week 25 renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network in the 2023-24 television season. The numbers listed in the table mark the Nielsen rating low, average, and high for each respective program in the Adults 18-49 demographic. The "Y2Y (year-to-year) Change" column denotes how much the series has grown or declined when compared to its average from the previous season. Scripted and reality are represented in their own separate charts.


Scripted


Reality


The 22nd season of Family Guy wrapped up on Wednesday, April 17th with a meager 0.17 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic. The long-running animated series has clearly struggled since moving away from Sunday night, even if live ratings barely matter when it comes to deciding whether this series gets renewed or not. Family Guy is clearly here to stay, but it's possible that it may not be on Fox forever. In fact, the recent announcement that Hulu will be the show's exclusive home for two upcoming holiday specials makes a move to streaming seem inevitable.

When looking back at this season, there was clearly a way to keep this series from having to switch nights. If Fox had something else to air in the 9:30 slot on Wednesdays, Family Guy could have easily aired the 6 Wednesday episodes on Sunday. Below is a breakdown of this fantasy scheduling scenario.

09/24/23: On this evening, Krapopolis debuted in the 8 p.m. time slot with an hour-long premiere that was inflated by football. Instead of airing a rerun of The Masked Singer at 9, Fox could have placed two episodes of Family Guy here. This would have served as the show's own one-hour season premiere. Family Guy would have had a decent amount of NFL help, enough to bring it up to a 0.4 rating at the very least. This takes care of 2 episodes.


10/29/23: Fox aired a rerun of Family Guy on October 29th and it managed a 0.24, a rating higher than any of its Wednesday episodes. If an original episode had aired here instead, it would have done the same or better. That takes care of 1 more episode.


12/24/23: A massive NFL lead-in on Christmas Eve catapulted The Simpsons to a 1.8 rating. Family Guy aired as a rerun on this night and managed a 0.43, a rating higher than most of its originals from this season. Had a new Family Guy aired directly after The Simpsons at 8:30, it could have possibly managed a rating in the 0.9-1.2 range. That takes cares of 1 episode.  


01/14/24: The 2 remaining episodes could have aired as part of a one-hour season finale on January 14th. On this evening, an episode of We Are Family managed a football-boosted 1.17 rating. Instead of cartoon repeats taking up the 9 p.m. hour, Family Guy could have closed out its season in this slot.


Fox Renew/Cancel March Madness Concludes!


Our NCAA-style "March Madness" bracket tournament for Fox is now officially over. In the final match-up, Bob's Burgers beat out Family Guy and took home the gold. Congratulations to the Belcher family on their victory!


Poll of the Week

CBS Renew/Cancel Week 31: Renew/Cancel March Madness Is Over, But The Tight Battle Between The Equalizer and NCIS: Hawai’i Continues

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, April 21, 2024

 

Wednesday Cable Ratings 4/17/24: Top Chef Rises, Chucky Drops to New Low, American Horror Story Also Slides

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Wednesday, 4/17/24. Items of note include Chucky on Syfy and USA, American Horror Story: Delicate on FX, and Top Chef on Bravo.

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

An Interview With Only In Iola’s Shanalee Sharboneau

The Ratings Junkie Sunday, April 21, 2024

Tuesday Cable Ratings 4/16/24: NBA Playoffs Play-In Games Dominate, Shogun Ticks Up, The Five Tops Cable News

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Tuesday, 4/16/24. Items of note include Shogun on FX, Vanderpump Rules on Bravo, and NBA on TNT.

(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.)

Monday Cable Ratings 4/15/24: WNBA Draft Hits All-Time High, WWE Narrowly Leads, Spring Baking Championship Slips

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Monday, 4/15/24. Items of note include Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, WWE Raw on USA, and the WNBA Draft on ESPN.

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

So Help Me Todd and CSI: Vegas Canceled by CBS

CBS continues to whittle down the number of shows with outstanding fates. One day after renewing freshman Thursday drama Elsbeth, the Tiffany Network has canceled two series. Legal dramedy So Help Me Todd has been canceled after two seasons, while CSI reboot CSI: Vegas has been canceled after three seasons. Both series rated towards the bottom of CBS' scripted pack, with Todd and CSI squandering strong lead-ins - Ghosts and Tracker, respectively. Both series rated nearly the same as they did last season, with Todd down 4% and CSI: Vegas up 3%, marking some of the best year-to-year trends on broadcast. That was not enough to save either show, as CBS has a full slate heading into next season, having already ordered five new shows, including three new hour-long dramas. Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin headed the cast of So Help Me Todd, while CSI: Vegas featured Paula Newsome and Matt Lauria in lead roles. The cancellation of So Help Me Todd is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide, while CSI: Vegas is a miss. These decisions leave just two shows - The Equalizer and NCIS: Hawai'i - awaiting decisions.

Thursday TV Ratings 4/18/24: Ghosts and Law & Order: SVU Lead the Night, Young Sheldon and So Help Me Todd Slip, Elsbeth Stable (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Young Sheldon (0.49, -0.09) nearly lost a full tenth on CBS, but Ghosts (0.50, -0.05) declined by a smaller amount and built on its lead-in. So Help Me Todd (0.33, -0.02) also slipped, but Elsbeth (0.28, 0.00) was stable. NBC was up across the board as Law & Order (0.36, +0.08), Law & Order: SVU (0.50, +0.17), and Organized Crime (0.33, +0.06) all surged, with SVU rising by close to two-tenths. Next Level Chef (0.37, +0.03) and Farmer Wants a Wife (0.27, +0.07) shot up on Fox, with Farmer setting a new season high. Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (0.06, +0.03) doubled last week's premiere rating on the CW. ABC re-ran 9-1-1 (0.19/0.17/0.18).

Sunday Cable Ratings 4/14/24: The Sympathizer Off to Weak Start on HBO, Parish and When Calls the Heart Drop, MLB Leads

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Sunday, 4/14/24. Items of note include the series premiere of The Sympathizer on HBO, Parish on AMC, and When Calls the Heart on Hallmark.

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

Frances in the Kitchen Season 5 Premiere - Essie in the Kitchen

Frances in the Kitchen Season 5 Episode 1
Essie in the Kitchen

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 15: Law & Order: Organized Chaos + One Shining Moment for Law & Order: SVU or Magnum PI as NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness Concludes

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, I take a closer look at the only drama with its fate still hanging in the balance, withs its odds continuing to take a downturn as May approaches. Plus, the results of the championship game of the NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness!

Wednesday TV Ratings 4/17/24: Survivor and The Conners Jump, Abbott Elementary Drops to New Low, Family Guy Slips for Finale (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Though it declined for its 100th episode last week, ABC's The Conners (0.39, +0.05) grew for its 101st installment in a pretty noticeable way. But things got legitimately shaky after that as Not Dead Yet (0.23, -0.03) slipped, and Abbott Elementary (0.27, -0.05) crashed to a new series low. On Fox, The Masked Singer (0.40, -0.08) and Animal Control (0.18, -0.05) were heavily down, but Family Guy (0.17, -0.02) had a more mild dip for its season finale. Survivor (0.77, +0.08) and The Amazing Race (0.37, +0.03) increased in size on CBS. NBC's reruns of Chicago Med (0.22), Fire (0.22), and PD (0.19) beat out the Fox sitcoms in the key demo. Walker (0.06, -0.02) slipped on the CW, but Sight Unseen (0.05, +0.02) recovered a bit.

Elsbeth Renewed by CBS

CBS continues to lock down their programming for next season. This time, they have renewed their latest show, police procedural Elsbeth, for a second season. The show, starring Carrie Preston reprising her Emmy-winning role from The Good Wife, premiered February 29 before taking a one-month break. Despite that, it has performed well enough for CBS, averaging 0.30 in the key 18-49 demo and drawing over ten million viewers in multiplatform viewing. The series is the latest collaboration between CBS and married creatives Robert and Michelle King, who also created the aforementioned Good Wife and its first spinoff, The Good Fight, as well as CBS-turned-Paramount+ drama Evil. Elsbeth was one of only two new scripted originals on CBS this season, the other being the breakout hit Tracker, as the WGA and SAG strikes impacted scripted content on all of TV in the first half of the season. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide.

Saturday Cable Ratings 4/13/24: Legend of the Lost Locket Mediocre on Hallmark, Big City Greens and Monsters At Work Hit Season Highs, UFC Dominates

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Saturday, 4/13/24. Items of note include On Patrol: Live on Reelz, Big City Greens on Disney, and Legend of the Lost Locket 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.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 4/16/24: Weakest Link and FBI: Most Wanted Slip, The Cleaning Lady and Alert Rise, FBI Stays #1 (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: NBC's Lopez vs Lopez (0.26) was a hundredth shy of last week's 8 p.m. episode but posted the same 0.21 it did on the 9th at 8:30. From there, Weakest Link (0.21, -0.03) lost a few ticks, but Password (0.26, +0.02) grew at 10. On CBS, FBI (0.50, 0.00) was flat, FBI: International (0.42, +0.02) inched up, and FBI: Most Wanted (0.39, -0.01) ticked down. Both The Cleaning Lady (0.16, +0.05) and Alert (0.17, +0.05) bounced back on Fox after setting new series lows last week. ABC aired reruns of Will Trent (0.17), The Rookie (0.12), and The Good Doctor (0.10). Crime Nation (0.07, +0.02) was up on the CW.

Friday Cable Ratings 4/12/24: The Masters Dominates, RuPaul’s Drag Race Rises, BMF Hits Series Low

Below are the top 50 programs on cable on Friday, 4/12/24. Items of note include RuPaul's Drag Race on MTV, The Masters on ESPN, and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

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

Monday TV Ratings 4/15/24: The Neighborhood Tops The 8PM Hour, NCIS Rises for 1000th Episode of the NCISVerse, American Idol Hits All-Time Low (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: CBS's The Neighborhood (0.42, 0.00) matched its last original and topped the 8 p.m. hour, but Bob Hearts Abishola (0.33, -0.03) and NCIS: Hawai'i (0.31, -0.01) slipped. In-between those two, NCIS (0.43, +0.05) rose significantly for the 1000th episode of the NCISVerse and was the top-rated program of the night. American Idol (0.36, -0.11) collapsed on ABC, but The Interrogation Tapes (0.24, +0.04) improved in the 10 p.m. slot. NBC's The Voice (0.41, -0.01) shed a hundredth, while Deal or No Deal Island (0.31, +0.06) surged at 10. MasterChef Junior (0.27, -0.02) dipped on Fox, but So You Think You Can Dance (0.15, 0.00) was stable, as was The CW's All American (0.09, 0.00). 

Sunday TV Ratings 4/14/24: Billy Joel Special Solid on CBS, The Great North Rises for Double Episode, American Idol Also Ticks Up (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Billy Joel: The 100th (0.47) provided CBS with a strong rating and retained more than 80% of its Tracker lead-in (0.56, +0.02). Earlier in the night, The Masters (1.78) boosted 60 Minutes (0.86, +0.50) in a significant way, with the newsmagazine staple growing by five-tenths. On Fox, The Great North (0.17, +0.03) occupied the 8:30-9:30 p.m. stretch and was up from last week, even though it still had a lower average than the Simpsons rerun (0.18) that led into the 8:30 episode. Grimsburg (0.12, +0.02) was also on the rise. ABC's American Idol (0.48, +0.03) bested last Sunday's installment. NBC aired more repeats of Weakest Link (0.14), The Voice (0.12), and Dateline (0.12). The CW doubled last week's 13 Going on 30 rating (0.04) with 10 Things I Hate About You (0.08).

Saturday TV Ratings 4/13/24: SNL Slips in Demo but Rises in Viewers, 48 Hours Soars (Final Ratings w/Analysis)


Ratings Analysis: Saturday Night Live (0.75, -0.07) dropped in the 18-49 demographic despite the inclusion of host Ryan Gosling, but it was up slightly in total viewership (4.7 million v. 4.58 million). NBC started the evening off with repeats of The Wall (0.15), Weakest Link (0.15), and Saturday Night Live itself (0.30). On CBS, 48 Hours (0.29, +0.14) nearly doubled last week's rating. Reruns of So Help Me Todd (0.22) and 48 Hours itself (0.23) were also significantly higher than the encores (0.10/0.11) that aired a week ago. On the sports front, Fox's UFL (0.16) was no match for ABC's NHL Broadcast (0.25). I Am Heath Ledger (0.05) performed slightly better than last week's I Am Paul Walker (0.03) on the CW.