Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Last year FOX did a 2.0 for a two-hour "American Idol." Last night they were under a 1.0.
I talked a while ago about how my name wound up in “The Bubble Boy” episode of "Seinfeld." Network executives often found their names or images used sort of as Easter eggs on several programs.
Judd Apatow used the names of the two NBC development executives in a "Freaks and Geeks" episode as a thank you for their championing of the show. Bob Balaban notoriously played a version of my boss Warren Littlefield on several episodes of "Seinfeld."
Steve Levitan used my name in an episode of "Just Shoot Me" titled "My Dinner With Woody." I don’t think it was meant as a compliment. I appeared on two episodes of "Bones" (thanks Hart Hanson) as an "aging FBI agent with gender identity issues." I was also in the final episode of "The Finder" where I was institutionalized. Seemed I was always cast as someone with issues.
There was an actor named Shaun Weiss who looked a lot like one of our top NBC sales executives, Mike Mandelker. Shaun appeared on two NBC comedies, "Mr. Rhodes" and "The Tony Danza Show," and on both shows his character was named Mandelker. I wonder how that happened.
Mike got a lot of ribbing for that and told me I needed to make him whole, so I begged Tom Fontana who was the showrunner on "Homicide," to put the names of the two top NBC sales executives on the homicide board.
Every season of "Homicide" started with a clean board, and in the first episode two drug dealers were murdered and their names HOFFNER and CAULFIELD were put at the top of the board where they stayed all season.
I’m sure others in the business have their own tales of TV executive Easter eggs.
Yesterday’s schedule:
- "Legion" (FX L+1) A step down from the pilot and needs to be a little less style and a bit more substance for me but still on board.
- "Outsiders" (WGN America L+2)
- "Masterchef Junior" (FOX L+8) Masked Wife and I were thinking of passing on the season but all it takes is one episode and you're in love with the kids.
- "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS L+SD)
"Billions" is back this Sunday.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

The numbers for Thursday include a near-series low for a CBS veteran and small improvements for ABC and CW shows:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.7/10 13.30
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/7 7.63
Masterchef Junior (FOX) 1.1/4 3.71
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 3.62
Supernatural (The CW) 0.7/3 1.82
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.6/6 8.11
Powerless (NBC) 0.8/3 2.4
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 1.7/6 6.06
Mom (CBS) 1.5/5 7.70
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/4 6.05
My Kitchen Rules (FOX) 0.7/3 2.14
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/1 1.12
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.3/5 6.21
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.3/5 4.63
The Blacklist (NBC) 0.9/3 4.67
Training Day (CBS) 0.7/3 3.83

 

“The Big Bang Theory” narrowly avoided a series low Thursday night. Although it still led the night, its 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 tied the show’s second-lowest mark ever and was the lowest since the end of Season 1.

The rest of CBS’ lineup was fairly steady, with “The Great Indoors” and “Life in Pieces” matching their early ratings from a week ago. “Mom” (1.5) and “Training Day” (0.7) fell a tenth of a point.

ABC led the night in the 18-49 demographic. “Grey’s Anatomy” was off a tenth at 2.0, but “Scandal” (1.7) improved a tenth on last week’s rating. “How to Get Away with Murder” held steady at 1.3.

“Supernatural” (0.7) also rose last week for The CW, while “Riverdale” was steady with last week’s preliminary 0.4 (it adjusted up to 0.5 in the finals). NBC’s lineup was all even with last week. “Masterchef Junior” (1.1) and “My Kitchen Rules” (0.7) each dipped two tenths on FOX.

Network averages:

ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.11 7.16 4.59 2.92 1.47

 

Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.4/5

Definitions:
Rating
: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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