November 19, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  There was a bit of good news for FOX in the afternoon final numbers in that ALMOST HUMAN crept up 0.1 to 2.3, but it was a weird bump, because it all came from new viewers who tuned in at 8:45PM when the show was almost over.  They then seemed to hang around for the first 15 minutes of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and abruptly left, so that show remained at 2.5.  In any case, ALMOST HUMAN will have its work cut out for it trying to stay above a 2 next week, when it faces a real episode of THE VOICE.  Other changes:  as expected, ABC adjusted down without football, as DANCING WITH THE STARS went to 2.0 and CASTLE to 1.9.  That still left DANCING up 0.3 from last week’s low, although CASTLE was now down 0.1 (with, it should be noted, THE VOICE as atypical competition this week).  In addition, both the clip show and regular episodes of THE VOICE were up 0.1 in final numbers.  CBS and CW remained unchanged.

MONDAY CABLE:  MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN) was way up from last week with its New England/Carolina showdown, 5.8 for the week compared to 3.9.  LOVE AND HIP-HOP (VH1) was behind football with 1.6, down from last week’s 1.8, and the rest of the VH1 line-up did well too, with 1.3s for CHRISSY & MR. JONES and BLACK INK CREW.  WWE WRESTLING (USA) was at 1.3-1.4, and FAST N LOUD (Discovery) made some noise at 1.0.


Almost Human is looking less like a hit.

Daily Comparison 2013 Mon Nov 18 three way

FOX:  Even facing a lower-than-usual The Voice clip show, ALMOST HUMAN tumbled 0.9 from its Sunday preview to a very human indeed 2.2.  That’s essentially what the 9-year-old Bones has been doing in the slot, and while Almost Human would be considered OK if it held at that level, there’s every chance that it hasn’t hit bottom.  SLEEPY HOLLOW slipped 0.1 to 2.5.

NBC:  After 2.2 for that THE VOICE clip show, the real Voice episode was at 3.4, down 0.4 from last week and a Monday low for the season.  If it remains at that level next week, it’ll be interesting to see how The Blacklist responds to its one-week preemption and a lower lead-in when it returns.

CBS:  The line-up could hardly have been more stable, as HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (despite a terrible episode), 2 BROKE GIRLS, MIKE & MOLLY and MOM all held last week’s numbers, giving them 3.1/2.7/2.3/1.9.  HOSTAGES, having to face The Voice, lost 0.1 for a new low 1.0 as it plods its way to its early January finale.

ABC:  For the moment, DANCING WITH THE STARS and CASTLE are up 0.6 and 0.3 from last week, both to 2.3–but that’s likely to be largely wiped out in afternoon numbers, since ABC stations in both Boston and Charlotte carried the ESPN Monday Night Football game.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE and BEAUTY & THE BEAST stayed at 0.4/0.3.

AGENTS OF SHIELD hasn’t proven to be the blockbuster ABC was expecting, and tonight it will try to benefit from some reflected Thor: The Dark World glory, as the movie’s plotline (but none of the stars) figures into a new episode.  Trophy Wife is preempted by a 90-minute David Blaine celebrity magic special later in the evening.  Also preempted:  THE ORIGINALS, as CW airs an IHEARTRADIO LADY GAGA special to tie in to the release of her latest (and so far underperforming) CD.  On CBS, PERSON OF INTEREST has an especially hyped episode that seems to promise a regular cast casualty.


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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.