or


[09/23/10 - 12:56 AM]
The Futon's Ratings Survival Guide: "Bleep My Dad Says" (CBS)
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Please note: As a courtesy, please do not reproduce these comments to newsgroups, forums or other online places. Links only please.

Welcome to our Ratings Survival Guide, a handy new feature which takes each new fall series on the broadcast networks and tells you the numbers it will need to survive for a second season. In general, a show's success isn't so much where it lands on the weekly ratings chart but rather how it performs in two key categories:

1. How much of its lead-in audience it retains. If a show averages 10 million viewers that's a good thing. But if the show that airs before it is averaging 30 million viewers, that's not a good thing. Why? Because 20 of those 30 million viewers decided to turn off that particular channel when the next show came on.

2. How it performs year-to-year in its time period. A new show is usually in its time period because the network thinks it can do better than it did in that slot last year. In other words, do worse than the show that was canceled after three weeks last fall then you too probably are not long for this world.

As you'll see, together these measurements paint a clear picture on how a particular show is doing. So without further ado, let's begin.

BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS)
(Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c)

If any series can replace "Survivor" on Thursday nights it's "The Big Bang Theory" (14.13 million viewers, 5.22 adults 18-49 rating on Mondays last season). Said move will certainly give newcomer "Dad" a significant platform, although it's unclear what the expectation is in terms of retention rate. "Big Bang" obviously built off its "Two and a Half Men" lead-in while shows like "Rules of Engagement" (83%) and "Worst Week" (62%) previously followed "Men" to varying results. Presumably, "Dad" will have to perform in the 70-75% range or risk cancellation. Still, keep in mind that in the past two years, "Rules's" third season had the lowest retention rate of any comedy that was renewed (the aforementioned 83%).

Here's how CBS has fared on Thursday nights the past two seasons (viewers are in millions, adults 18-49 is the percentage of said viewers in the demographic; all are based on fast national data, using only first-run episodes):

thursdays in 2008-2010timeviewers
(retention)
adults 18-49
(retention)
CSI: Season 99:00 PM17.75
(145.13%)
4.71
(124.27%)
Survivor: Season 178:00 PM12.50
(N/A)
4.03
(N/A)
Survivor: Season 188:00 PM12.10
(N/A)
3.86
(N/A)
Survivor: Season 208:00 PM12.33
(N/A)
3.83
(N/A)
Survivor: Season 198:00 PM12.23
(N/A)
3.74
(N/A)
CSI: Season 10**9:00 PM14.88
(127.64%)
3.43
(99.42%)
The Mentalist: Season 2**10:00 PM15.15
(103.59%)
3.39
(99.12%)
Eleventh Hour10:00 PM11.66
(62.86%)
3.06
(60.24%)
Harper's Island10:00 PM8.33
(53.29%)
2.37
(64.05%)

** includes only first-run, in-season airings in the specified time period

COMING TOMORROW: CBS's "Blue Bloods" and FOX's "The Good Guys."





  [september 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS)
· FUTON'S RATINGS SURVIVAL GUIDES (TFC)





most recent ratings | view all posts
[10/17/17 - 08:25 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos Once Again
Plus: second place ABC sees week-to-week growth from "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Good Doctor" among adults 18-49.

[10/16/17 - 08:16 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Powers Another NBC Victory
Plus: CBS gets a boost to its lineup with a primetime NFL overrun.

[10/15/17 - 09:02 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Demos
The Alphabet wins the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[10/15/17 - 08:56 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Generates Season Highs & the Show's 2nd Strongest Week 3 Metered-Market Rating in 6 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 14.

[10/14/17 - 08:21 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Takes Home Victory in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas top the night in both categories.

[10/13/17 - 09:00 AM]
Hallmark Channel Caps Off Second Season of Original Scripted Series "Chesapeake Shores" as #1 Rated Cable Network in Time Period
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the season to date.

[10/13/17 - 08:20 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Thursday Night Football" Continue Their Reign
ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" and FOX's "The Orville" both post week-to-week gains last night.

[10/12/17 - 01:05 PM]
2017 ALDS Is Most-Watched LDS in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for its ALDS coverage to date.

[10/12/17 - 12:10 PM]
Premiere Episode of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "The Vietnam War" Seen by More Than 11.9 Million Unique Viewers
PBS further spins the numbers for Sunday, September 17.

[10/12/17 - 08:28 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Holds Onto Adults 18-49 Crown
Plus: The CW gets a boost from its new lineup of "Riverdale" and "Dynasty."

[10/12/17 - 06:01 AM]
Ratings Up for "Family Time" and "Grown Folks," New Episodes Premiere Monday Nights at 9:00/9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Bounce
Bounce TV spins the numbers for the season to date.

[10/11/17 - 08:19 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Wins Demo Race; CBS Tops Viewers
"This Is Us" and "NCIS" lead the night in said categories.

[10/10/17 - 02:53 PM]
TV One's "Bobbi Kristina" Premieres #1 in Time Slot Among African Americans
TV One spins the numbers for Sunday, October 8.

[10/10/17 - 08:14 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos, ABC Leads Total Viewers
Plus: CBS sees weekly gains from "Scorpion" and "Me, Myself & I" among adults 18-49.

[10/09/17 - 08:36 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Gives Boost to NBC, FOX
The Peacock leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.