ABC's 'The Assets' spies very few viewers in its premiere
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 2, 2014.
On 2014's first night of largely original programming, "Big Bang Theory" came out strong and dominated Thursday in all measures, carrying CBS to comfortable primetime victories.
Over on NBC, "Community" started its fifth season below last spring's return, but still far above returning numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," so take that with some grains of salt.
"Community" also came back with far better demo numbers than the night's other premiere, impressively dismal numbers for ABC's fill-in drama "The Assets."
Depending on timing, I'll probably do further analysis of Thursday's numbers a bit later in the day (or tomorrow morning) when Finals are available.
On to the Fast National numbers...
Trailer shows where Veronica is now and what brings her to Neptune
I mean... Not really. Nobody cares about Duncan. Still, Duncan Kane is pretty much the only guy in Veronica Mars' life with no chance of ending up with her, unless there's some major twistiness in store this spring from the "Veronica Mars" film, which dropped its first trailer on Thursday (January 2) night.
It's all repeats all the time to start 2014
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Perhaps ceding much of the TV audience on 2014's first night to ESPN's college football coverage, all five networks aired full slates of repeats on Wednesday night. While "Modern Family" delivered the biggest audience among young viewers, "Criminal Minds" helped CBS dominate overall and eke out a primetime victory in the key demo.
You'd be hard-pressed to find anything truly notable amongst the repeats -- FOX, for example, continues to get CW-sized audiences for comedy encores -- but maybe ABC could take some minor notes from a "Goldbergs" repeat improving on a "Middle" repeat among young viewers, suggesting plausible compatibility should the network ever want to make an changes.
On to the numbers...
NBC's Carson Daly special and CBS' repeats are second
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 31, 3013.
Happy New Year!
ABC's cumbersomely titled "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" dominating the primetime component of Tuesday's New Year's Eve and presumably also dominated the late-night component as well.
NBC was second among young viewers with "A Toast to 2013!" and "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," which NBC says was up significantly over last year's primetime portion, while CBS said "We don't need any stinkin' New Year's Eve programming" and finished second overall with a pile of repeats.
On to the numbers...
Yup. Things are kinda slow.
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 30, 2013.
On the last Monday of 2013, the top show overall and in most key demos was a repeat of "Mike & Molly" on CBS. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about a sluggish night dominated by CBS repeats.
There wasn't anything really notable on Monday, so let's go straight to the numbers.
CBS and FOX also get NFL bumps
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 29, 2013.
The combination of a traditional rivalry along with Week 17 playoff implications helped NBC get huge numbers for the Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and Cowboys, leading the network past football-boosted FOX and CBS for the night.
In overnights, the Philadelphia-Dallas showdown stands as the season's third highest rated game, behind two games featuring the Broncos, Peyton Manning's return to Indy and the Pats-Broncos thriller.
Even a sliver of NFL overrun couldn't boost CBS' annual Kennedy Center Honors telecast, which was down from last year's show, which aired on a Wednesday.
On to the numbers...
'Dateline' ends up drawing Friday's biggest audience
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 27, 2013.
Against competition that featured mostly repeats and end-of-the-year programming, The CW's "Nikita" added only a few viewers for its series finale, as ABC and CBS topped a sparsely viewed Friday.
Let's just get straight to all of the underwhelming numbers.
ABC, NBC tie for second with 'Downton Abbey,' 'SNL' specials
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 26, 2013.
On a slow post-Christmas Thursday dominated by repeats, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" delivered the best numbers in all measures and helped the network cruise to victory.
There were few other notables, but ABC's lackluster "20/20" special tied in to "Downton Abbey" and NBC's "The Women of SNL" helped those networks to a tie in for second among young viewers.
Meanwhile, FOX's repeats continued to fall lower and lower, barely keeping the lights on and barely edging out The CW's repeats at this point.
On to the numbers...
Did 'Dracula' and 'Dads' make the cut? Of course they did!
A lot of these shows were covered in the Firewall & Iceberg Worst of 2013 podcast, but hopefully some of it will be new.
Those of you who regularly read my Worst Of... lists know that I have a very simple rule: I have to watch the shows I insult. Regularly. Or at least semi-regularly. I'll leave it to others to mock the "Billion Pound Scrotum" or Honey Boo-Boos of the world, either because they actually suffer through that crap or because they like to insult things sight-unseen. That's not the way I list things, which confuses people every single year. I'm not sure why it's confusing. I list shows I actually KNOW were bad and didn't mysteriously get better, rather than writing off a show based on an awful pilot and then hearing from fans that things got miraculously awesome. Whatever.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys return for more '80s hijinks
FX has finally set an official premiere date for the second season of the acclaimed drama "The Americans"
The cable network celebrated the day-after-Christmas by breaking the unofficial TV news moratorium to announce that "The Americans" will return on Wednesday, February 26 at 10 p.m.
Currently shooting in New York City, "The Americans" premiered last January to an audience of 5.1 million viewers, making it FX's most-watched drama debut ever. Ratings subsequently dropped dramatically, but critical admiration continued.
"The Americans" picked up for Television Critics Association Award nominations last summer, winning for Outstanding New Program of the Year. While not a big Emmy player, "The Americans" picked up nods for guest star Margo Martindale and for Nathan Barr's title theme music.
In HitFix's recently announced Television Critics' Poll, "The Americans" finished seventh overall and third in the Best New Show category behind only "Masters of Sex" and "Orange Is The New Black."
Personally, I put "The Americans" at a very respectable No. 19 for the year, while it was No. 18 on Sepinwall's list.
So far, very few details have leaked regarding the second "Americans" season. FX lists Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright and Susan Misner as cast regulars, while Martindale reassured HitFix's Greg Ellwood that she'll be back in some capacity, even as she works on CBS' semi-hit comedy "The Millers."