Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Got this from BS

“Do you ever regret cancelling JAG? After one season on NBC, it enjoyed a long run on CBS. And from JAG came the successful NCIS franchise, with 3 shows still airing today.

While it wasn't on the level of Frasier, Wings, Seinfeld, and Mad About You, I like The Jeff Foxworthy Show and will take it any day over Friends and Will and Grace. Part of NBC's problem might have been totally revamping it. Jeff and Haley Joel Osment were the only cast members returning from the 1st season.”
Well regarding JAG, I honestly have no regrets. As I have been talking about in my history of MUST SEE TV networks are always walking away from shows and other networks are picking up rejects. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. JAG spent it’s one season on NBC on Saturday night. It led into two comedies and had no compatible programming on the network. The following season we put together a compatible Saturday night of thrillers two of which lasted a few seasons.

CBS had a broader audience and their viewers loved procedurals so it was a better fit. They treated it well and were able to develop a durable franchise out of it.

We seem to be entering a phase where there are so many platforms that shows refuse to die. NASHVILLE goes to CMT, MINDY PROJECT to HULU etc. There will be a lot of regrets.

Regarding FOXWORTHY, the reason why it didn’t stick at NBC was also a compatibility issue. Fans of our comedies would just not embrace it. I do believe that you are correct in observing that the program execs thought that they could “fix” a show that didn’t need fixing. I met Jeff after we picked FOXWORTHY up and I told him to fight for his vision of the show. By the time he did it was too late.

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The MUST-SEE TV saga will start up again next Tuesday

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2.0/8 11.07
Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 6.18
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/5 3.68
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.05
Vixen (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) 0.2/1 0.69
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.43
9 p.m. Marlon (NBC) 1.2/5 5.12
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.83
Salvation (CBS) 0.5/2 3.48
9:30 p.m. Marlon (NBC) 1.0/4 3.84
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.59
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) 0.7/3 3.62
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.76
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.92


It was a steady night in the Wednesday ratings this week for NBC. “America’s Got Talent” led with a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 – the same as what it had scored last week – while “Marlon” also held steady with a 1.2 and a 1.0 throughout the night.

After taking a minor hit last week as well, “Big Brother” ticked up one-tenth from a 1.7 to a 1.8 on CBS, while “Salvation” maintained its previous 0.5. On FOX, a two-hour “Masterchef” managed to score a 1.2 average rating for itself, one-tenth higher than last week’s 1.1.

The CW also aired the first two episodes of “Vixen,” which scored back-to-back 0.2s on the network. Meanwhile, “20/20” raked in a 0.7 on ABC.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.70 3.68 4.19 2.90 0.69


Late-night shows aired repeats.


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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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