A Television Briefing for 1/31/16-2/4/16 – the week O.J. Simpson, Hillary Clinton and Danny Zuko were ever used in the same sentence. The best (blue) and worst (brown) performing programs of each night, Sunday thru Thursday, plus outstanding cable performers (green).
Despite concerns from 21st Century Fox layoffs this week, or perhaps because of, Fox Network and FX worked some primetime magic to keep speculators at ease. CBS and NBC continue to remain at season averages (though CBS is at a considerably higher average). ABC is looking rough – another episode of What Would You Do? Apparently, the answer is: tune into another network. ABC needs to do some serious consideration of their mid-season line-up, perhaps with a solid performer, the alphabet can get out of the dog house.
The CW is, as always, a wild card. Retooling of their DC properties is a must to hold onto the previous momentum gained with early hype for the programs. The slump could be attributed to the general lack of primetime participation the network receives from its viewers, except that The Flash is still pulling solid numbers.
Cable networks are generally at season averages, and certainly elevated by #FeelTheBern and #ImWithHer, with politics providing a typical election year bump. Sports also have made ESPN a reliable winner, though sports are generally a given when it comes to ratings – the last remaining Must-See television. Meanwhile, on FX, Ryan Murphy continues to pad his resume.
Read on for a more detailed play-by-play on each network:
FOX: WITH THE SUCCESS OF GREASE: LIVE ON SUNDAY, X-FILES ON MONDAY AND AMERICAN IDOL ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, FOX IS SOLID. LOOKS LIKE THEIR PRIMETIME GAMBLES HAVE PAID OFF – MORE THAN ABLE TO MAKE UP FOR THE DISMAL OUTLOOK FOR THE GRINDER, SIGNALING A MUCH NEEDED CHANGE UP ON TUESDAY.
CBS: SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS ON TUESDAY AND THE BIG BANG THEORY ON THURSDAY ADD TO AN ALREADY CONSISTENT LINE UP INCLUDING LIFE IN PIECES (FEEDING OFF BIG BANG ON THURSDAY), THE GOOD WIFE ON SUNDAY AND MIKE & MOLLY ON WEDNESDAY – IT GOES WITHOUT MENTIONING, NCIS ON TUESDAY IS DOING FINE. THOUGH, SUNDAY IS LOOKING SHAKY IN KEY DEMOS.
NBC: AVERAGE WEEK-TO-WEEK TURN OUT KEEPS THE NETWORK ABOVE WATER, WITH CHICAGO PD, FIRE AND MED STANDING OUT ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, WHILE TELENOVELA ON MONDAY AND YOU, ME & THE APOCALYPSE ON THURSDAY SINK TO NEW LOWS.
ABC: THE NETWORK IS HAVING A ROUGH GO, TURNING UP ON THE LOWER END OF KEY DEMO AND AUDIENCE RATINGS MOST NIGHTS, DUE HEAVILY TO DIMINISHING RETURNS FROM BIG INVESTMENTS AMERICAN CRIME ON WEDNESDAY AND MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER ON SUNDAY.
CW: USUALLY A LOW PERFORMER, I ZOMBIE ON TUESDAY, ARROW ON WEDNESDAY AND DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW ON THURSDAY STAND OUT AS UNUSUALLY PECKISH – SURPRISING CONSIDERING THE SUCCESS THE NETWORK HAS HAD WITH DC PROPERTIES (THE FLASH CONTINUES TO EXCEL).
ON CABLE: FX AND ESPN HAD GREAT WEEKS, WHILE POLITICS CONTINUED TO BE AN ATTENTION GRABBER. THE NFC/AFC PRO BOWL ON SUNDAY AND NBA REGULAR SEASON ON WEDNESDAY ARE STRONG PERFORMERS. MEANWHILE, FX HAS A WIN IN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHING ACS: THE PEOPLE V OJ ON TUESDAY. MSNBC AND CNN ARE SEEING TYPICAL ELECTION YEAR SPIKES WITH AMERICA’S CHOICE ON MONDAY AND THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ON THURSDAY.
All figures provided by Daily Show Buzz.