Unfortunately, my temporary employment gig has been extended one month, so even though I'm starting this thread in January I may not be able to post every day and will have to play catch up as I'm doing right now.
Nothing surprising here. Whenever their on, NFL playoffs are going to dominate the ratings until the Super Bowl. CBS is going to dominate the Sunday 9 pm and 10 pm slots in terms of total and 50+ viewers while Fox's animated series and the weight-challenged on NBC fight over the demo. ABC will continue to do just Ok with "Once Upon A Time" and "Revenge." Of course, not listed here is the PBS series "Downton Abbey" two hour premier which pulled 7.9 million total viewers and for which I have no demo data.
With CBS offering reruns and Fox offering a rerun of "Bones", the ABC and NBC Monday competition shows had a free shot at catching some folks from 8 to 9. I don't think they did all that well, but we'll see next week. Even though Fox showed the series finale of the ratings loser "Mob Doctor" which we loved, the two competition shows didn't do all that well from 9-10 either.
At 10 pm, ABC's "Deception" premier did win the demo curious with a rerun on CBS, barely beating "Castle" which did much better in the 50+ crowd.
CBS won another Tuesday with "NCIS" still leading the way with 20.87 viewers. However, the 10:00 "Parenthood" demo win is worth noting and to all you other elders out there, "Parenthood" is one of the best written, directed, and acted dramas-without-dead-bodies to appear on TV in awhile. I'm sorry, but "Vegas" is just another cop show in the end. The younger demo has figured this out - yeah, only because NBC stuck with the show for multiple years - but they figured it out.
Next week, discussion of "American Idol" will dominate the Wednesday ratings discussions. This week really offers no hint about the season other than L&O producer Dick Wolf's interesting "Chicago Fire" may be around for more than one season.
Again, "Idol" will lead the Thursday ratings discussion next week. But this week is indicative of the likelihood that new "Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" episodes will continue to diminish the "Idol" demo. What we do see here is "Grey's Anatomy" getting "long-of-tooth" and the clever and enjoyable "Person of Interest" has become an established ratings winner at 9 pm. ABC's clever and intriguing "Scandal" and the CBS' surprising and interesting "Elementary" will likely continue to battle at 10 pm. Both are pretty well done.
Friday still belongs to CBS. We'll see what happens at 9:00 when Fox offers a second season of "Touch" beginning February 8.
Edited by phrelin, 13 January 2013 - 03:53 PM.