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Thanks again, Tensor. I'm not sure why reading about the show's remarkable numbers is so satisfying, but it is. :)

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Thanks again, Tensor. I'm not sure why reading about the show's remarkable numbers is so satisfying, but it is. :)

 

Because it's an absolute phenomenon--things like this just don't happen much, if at all, in TV, especially nowadays with so many cable channels and niche programming and all that.

For a main network sitcom to be banging out such big numbers, even in reruns, during its 6th season is pretty much unheard of.

I like hearing about it, too. :)

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OK, here are the numbers for the week of 22-28 April

Live + 7 numbers were again outstanding. TBBT was second in Demo gains (2.0 to 2.1 for Modern Family) and total viewer gains(4.2 million to 4.4 for Modern Family) during the +7 period. The show ended with a 7.2 demo and 21.5 million viewers, down .3 in demo and .4 million viewers). TBBT finished first in demo with a 7.5 (Modern Family had 6.2 and both days of The Voice pulled in 5.5, no other show was above 4.5). TBBT's 21.5 million viewers made it the #1 show for the week. It's 17.2 million Live + SD was higher than all other shows Live + 7, but one (Person of Interest 18.0 million. The closest was Tuesday's The Voice with 16.2 million).

For the week ending April 21st, again, there was no new TBBT, however, unlike last week, there was a repeat. Two in fact as one was run at a special time, 9:00 PM. Even considering they were repeats, TBBT finished #4 and #5 in broadcast rankings. The only shows that beat it were both nights of The Voice and the Wednesday show of American Idol. The Thursday American Idol went head to head with TBBT repeat and finished sixth, behind both repeats of TBBT. As I pointed out from last weeks ratings, If you include the TBS TBBT that also ran at 9:00 PM, the demo was 4.1, actually third for the week. In total viewers, TBBT finished 9th and 10th. Which indicates TBBT has a higher percentage of the 18-49 demo in its viewers, something the advertisers love. It's also interesting to note the the repeats of TBBT were #2 and #3 among scripted shows. The only one to beat them was a Repeat of NCIS. CBS must be jumping for joy when the top three scripted shows for all of broadcast television were REPEATS of their shows.

And, again, TBBT was again #1 (yes I know there are two agains in there, it's just that it is pretty much the same each week) for syndication for both Households (7.3) and viewers (11.3 Million). It easily beat the second place show (Wheel of Fortune, again) which had a 6.8 household rating with 10.3 million viewers (TBBT was up slightly in both demo and viewers and Wheel of Fortune was down slightly). TBBT on TBS was in the top 10 for syndication three times (M-F #1, Saturday #6 and Sunday #5. The Saturday and Sunday shows returned to 5 and 6 after a few weeks of being lower due to the basketball tournament) And, again, the syndicated ratings were much the same as they have been for the last month and a half.

A new TBBT finally was shown this week, the first of the last four for the season. It pulled in a 4.5 demo with 15.1 million viewers. I usually show the next shows, but all other shows had a demo of less than 3.0. In total viewers, only one was above 11.5 million, and that was Person of Interest (which is becoming a huge hit, viewerwise, for CBS at 9:00 PM. Grey's Anatomy has a higher demo 2.7 to 2.4, but POI has 5 million more viewers.). It will be interesting to see if this episode can pull off getting to 20 million viewers. It has been 14 new shows since the Live + 7 has not hit 20 million, going back to November 1, when The Extract Obliteration hit 19.84 million. TBBT has been getting a 4.2 to 4.5 million viewer lift in the Live + 7, so it may end up a bit short.

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OK, here are the numbers for the week of 29 April - 5 May

Live + 7 numbers were not available as there was no new show. This is the first of the two weeks leading up to the last four episodes.

For the week ending April 28th TBBT finished second in demo and total viewers, but to different shows. TBBT had a 4.5 demo, while The Voice had a 4.9 on Monday night and a 4.1 on Tuesday. Those were the only shows over a 4.0 demo for the week. In total viewers, TBBT had 15.1 million. NCIS placed first with 17.3 and in third were NCIS:LA and Monday's The Voice statistically even at 14.2 million.

OK, repeat after me: "TBBT was again #1", although it was much closer this week. It led syndication in both Households (6.6) and viewers (10.6 Million). In second place again, Wheel of Fortune, had a 6.5 household rating with 10.0 million viewers TBBT on TBS was in the top 10 for syndication three times (M-F #1, Saturday #6 and Sunday #5.

This weeks TBBT pulled in a 4.9 demo with 16.3 million viewers. Two and A Half Men had a 3.2 and Grey's Anatomy was at 3.0. In total viewers, the second and third shows, Two and A Half Men and Person of Interest didn't get to 13.0 million viewers.

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OK, here are the numbers for the week of 6-12 May

Live + 7 numbers were not available again as there was no new show. The Live + 7 for the last four shows starts next week.

For the week ending May 4th TBBT finished first in demo and second in total viewers. TBBT had a 4.9 demo, while The Voice had a 4.3 on Monday night. Those were the only shows over a 4.0 demo for the week. In total viewers, TBBT had 16.3 million while NCIS placed first with 18.3. No other show manage to reach 14 million.

Hey, I get to write something different here. TBBT was still the #1 show in syndication in both Households (7.0) and viewers (10.8 Million). However, Judge Judy manage to sneak by Wheel of Fortune in the household rating 6.8 to 6.5, but Wheel of Fortune had more viewers, 10.1 to 9.3 million viewers. TBBT on TBS was anchored in the same syndication places (M-F #1, Saturday #6 and Sunday #5.

This weeks TBBT pulled in an identical rating as last week, 4.9 demo with 16.3 million viewers. Two and A Half Men had a 3.5, but Scandal squeaked into third with a 3.1. In total viewers, the second place show, Person of Interest, had 13.1 million viewers. These were the only shows above 13 million.

An interesting aside, for the first five years of the show, TBBT would drop have a drop in viewers compared to the beginning of the year. The Nov-Feb numbers were the highest (helped by having no daylight savings time and less outdoor activity). The daylight savings time numbers were always lower, but the Spring (April-May) numbers tended to be lower than the Fall (Sep-Oct) numbers. However, this year, even with the low numbers from April 25th (due, probably in part to that being the first new show in three weeks), the Spring numbers are averaging about a million viewers higher than the fall shows.

Ok, I'm all caught up. This is the last combined post on ratings. I'll be doing the rating posts as they come out. At the end of the season I'm looking at a review of the year, ratings wise. I'm looking at two weeks after the year to let all the ratings data come in.

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Well, here we go with the first ratings posts for the week of 13-19 May: Live + 7

TBBT led the Live + 7 (April 22-28) increases in demo and total viewers. It increased it demo by 2.1 (4.5 to 6.6). The Monday and Tuesday editions of The Voice each went up 1.0 in the demo (to 5.9 for Monday and 5.1 for Tuesday. TBBT also lead in total viewer increase with 4.6 million viewers, the largest increase of the season. Elementary was the only other program to increase by more than 4 million viewers. TBBT was second in total viewers with 19.6 million. Not reaching the 20 million mark for the first time since 1 November, 14 straight episodes above 20 million. In first this week was, as usual, NCIS with 21.1 million. Third was NCIS:LA at 17.3 million.

For the week ending 12 May, TBBT was first in demo and second in total viewers. It had a 4.9 in the demo. Second, and the only other show to get above a 4 was the Monday edition of The Voice, at 4.1. For total viewers, NCIS was in its normal spot at #1 with 17.6 million. TBBT was second with 16.3 million. No other show got above 14 million.

In syndication, a change this week. Judge Judy finished #1 with a 6.8 Household rating. TBBT was second, tied with Wheel of Fortune at 6.5. TBBT was #1 in total viewers, the only show to get above 10 million, sneaking by at 10.02 million. Wheel of Fortune was #2 with 9.9 million and Judge Judy was at 9.4 million. TBBT occupied three of the top ten spots again. However, there was a bit of a change up in the rankings. As mentioned, the M-F show on TBS was #2. The Saturday and Sunday shows were #8 and #5 respectively.

That pretty much covers this week. I'll be back Friday with the nightly ratings for the Finale. Since the weekly rankings will still come out next week, I'll cover those. The Live + 7 will be coming out for the next couple of weeks as they are two weeks behind due to their method of collection. And, as mentioned, there will be a season recap one all the data is in.

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For the series six finale, TBBT got a 4.8 in the demo with 15.5 million viewers. The is down a tenth in demo and down 800,000 viewers. However, this years finale was up four tenths (4.8 - 4.4) and 1.7 million viewers. (15.5 - 13.7). I think the numbers will go up (in a larger number than usual) with the DVR viewing included as Idol picked it's champion and "The Office" was running a retrospective leading to it's series finale, so there are probably viewers who were watching other things, and DVRd TBBT. Idol was in second place with a 3.6 demo and 14.3 million viewers. Idol's numbers are for the entire 2 hours, but during the common half-hour with TBBT, Idol only had a 2.8 demo. In third place, for the night, was a REPEAT of TBBT(The Re-entry Minimization)which had a 3.2 demo and 11.4 million viewers (it tied with Scandal in the demo, but no other show (after the top three) broke 10 million viewers.

One interesting thing is that TBBT increase four tenths in the demo and 700,000 viewers over the fast nationals. The fast nationals are released around noon (EST) each day. These are from the People meters sample. The final ratings, released around 4 PM (EST), include adjustments to correct for various things that cause the fast nationals to be high or low. Most shows increase (or decrease) one or usually, at most, two tenths(this does not apply when show are pre-empted in one time zone and not another as those changes can be large. A four tenth increase is unusual, although TBBT has been unusual in that it consistently increases by three tenths.

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The Live + 7 ratings forThe May 2 Episode, "The Proton Resurgence"  came in at 21.3 million.  That is a lift of an amazing 5.02 Million viewers, breaking the series record set last week (The Closure Alternative), when they reached 4.6 million.  In an interesting development, TBBT was within 300,000 viewers of NCIS, the season leader in total viewers.   Those were the only two shows above 17 million.   TBBT Live + SD was higher than all of the other shows Live + 7 except for NCIS and Person of Interest.

 

TBBT increase their demo by 2.3 rating points, giving the show a 7.2 demo.  The only other shows above 5.0 were Modern Family at 5.8 (2.2 increase) and the Monday edition of The Voice at 5.3 (1.0 increase).  Those two shows were also the only shows that beat TBBT Live + SD rating of 4.9, with their Live + 7 ratings.  

 

For the time of the year, these numbers are astounding. There was a week to week increase of .6 in the demo and 1.7 million in total viewers in the Live + 7 ratings.   Although, I attribute this to the appearance of Bob Newhart.  A well loved, and very successful sitcom star.  

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For the week ending 19 May, TBBT was first in demo and second in total viewers. It had a 4.8 in the demo. It was the only show to get above a four in the demo. Second was the Monday edition of The Voice, at 3.8. TBBT's demo was a full 1.0 point higher in the demo. For comparison purposes, one full point in the demo is about 1.3 million viewers. For total viewers, NCIS was #1 with 18.8 million viewers. TBBT was second with 15.5 million. The only other show above 14 million was American Idol's finale, with 14.3 million.

In syndication, Judge Judy again finished #1 with a 6.7 Household rating. TBBT was second at 6.5. However, TBBT was #1 in total viewers, with 9.9 million. Wheel of Fortune was #2 with 9.7 million and Judge Judy was at 9.2 million. All three were down this week, but TBBT was tied with last week in HH rating and only lost .1 in total viewers compared to the other top two dropping by almost 300,000 viewers. TBBT occupied three of the top ten spots again. As mentioned, the M-F show on TBS was #2. The Saturday and Sunday shows were #7 and #5 respectively. For information, Household rating is how many households are tuned into the show (there could be multiple shows for one household if, for instance there is more than one TV or cablebox (which includes all forms of delivery except over the air)). Viewers, is simply the total number of viewers. It's easiest to think of this as if there is only one TV in the house. Judge Judy has more TVs turned on for it but TBBT has more people watching each TV.

On a final note, TBBT had a special time for a repeat this Monday at 9:00 PM. The show was third in the demo (tying with Mike and Molly), but was fourth in total viewers, finishing behind three first run shows (A Mike and Molly repeat also had more viewers). But still, on a off night and with a repeat finishing third in the demo (out of 15 shows) again demonstrates how strong the show is at this time.

One more thing, it appears the CBS will win the 18-49 demo and total viewers for the season. With only Live + 7 for the last two weeks due in, CBS leads the demo 2.9 to 2.5(FOX) and in total viewers by almost 4 million viewers 11.9 to 7.9(ABC).

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Although the season is over, new first run shows have been premiering. On Thursday, NBC showed the series premiere Save Me, and FOX and ABC ran season premieres of Hell's Kitchen and Wipeout respectively at 8 PM against TBBT. TBBT, despite running a repeat, tied Hell's Kitchen for high in the 18-49 demo with a rating of 2.2. The closest show after that was Two and a Half Men with a 1.8. The next highest rating was a 1.3. As a point of interest, at 9:30, on TBS, TBBT pulled in a 18-49 demo of 1.2. That rating tied or beat 11 of the shows on broadcast TV. Five of those 11 were new first run shows.

TBBT led in total viewers with 9.1 Million. It's lead out, Two and a Half Men had 7.7 million. The only other shows over 6 million were Motive and Person of Interest, both one hour dramas and both were shown at 9:00 PM.

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Ratings data were delayed this week due to the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27.  

 

The Live + 7 total viewers for the May 9th episode "The Love Spell Potential" came in at 21.0 Million.  That's a lift of 4.7 Million viewers over the Live + SD.   

 

I mentioned last week that TBBT was within 300,000 viewers of NCIS.   Even more interesting, TBBT was the most watched program, including the Live + 7 data for the week.  Their 21.0 Million  was higher than the 20.8 million that NCIS pulled in, 200,000 viewers more.  This is only the second time that TBBT has beat NCIS in total viewers (when there  were new episodes of both on during the same week).  The other time was in November during "The 43 Peculiarity" when TBBT beat NCIS  21.5 million to 20.3 million.  Third place this week was Person of Interest, with 16.5 Million.  No other show broke 16 Million.  Person of Interest was also the only other show(besides NCIS) to beat TBBT Live + SD viewers  (16.3 Million) with their Live + 7 numbers (16.5 million for POI).  

 

TBBT was also the #1 show in the demo, with a 7.0, a lift of 2.1.    The next two shows were Modern Family with 5.2 and the Monday edition of The Voice with 5.0.  Those two shows were also the only shows to be TBBT Live + SD with their Live + 7.  TBBT had a 4.9 rating for the Live + SD.   

 

It should be noted that the three highest viewer lifts have been the last three weeks.   On May 2, (The Proton Resurgence) set it's record for viewer lift with 5.0 Million.   On April 25, (The Closure Alternative) brought in 4.6 Million viewers.  And, of course this week, there were 4.7 additional viewers.    That's an average lift of 4.75 million viewers.   Early in the season, TBBT was pulling in around 3-3.5 million.  Mid season, it was around 3.5-4 million.  While Live + SD numbers are down from mid-season, Live + 7 have stayed pretty much even.  Due, it appears, to more people time shifting their viewing.  

 

One last thing.  I attributed TBBT huge, for Spring, numbers to the appearance of Bob Newhart.  This week's only slight decline from last week, shows that TBBT is just pulling in an absurd number of viewers at this point in time.  

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"The 43 Peculiarity" was the episode when Penny first told Leonard that she loved him.  Do you think the L/P relationship has anything to do with this?

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"The 43 Peculiarity" was the episode when Penny first told Leonard that she loved him.  Do you think the L/P relationship has anything to do with this?

 

 

It's difficult to precisely determine what exactly was the reason for this.   After all, correlation does not imply causation.  And the promos for the show pushed the Howard/Raj/Sheldon part of the show.  You may even have a strong case for the reason, and it may still not be right.  A couple weeks ago I pointed out that it appeared that the big numbers for "The Proton Resurgence" was due to Bob Newhart being in the show.  The next week was just as big (statistically), so was Newhart the reason, or just part of the overall increase?    

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It's difficult to precisely determine what exactly was the reason for this.   After all, correlation does not imply causation.  And the promos for the show pushed the Howard/Raj/Sheldon part of the show.  You may even have a strong case for the reason, and it may still not be right.  A couple weeks ago I pointed out that it appeared that the big numbers for "The Proton Resurgence" was due to Bob Newhart being in the show.  The next week was just as big (statistically), so was Newhart the reason, or just part of the overall increase?    

Good points.

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Have you done the final figures for the season finale!?

 

They wont be available until next week.   The numbers for post 136 came in yesterday (Tuesday May 28).    I'm also working on a year end analysis.  Looking at and comparing the different numbers for the entire season and also tidbits from syndication, how TBBT compared to other show, etc.  

 

BTW  Preliminary numbers (the last two weeks don't include Live + 7 yet), show TBBT being the second highest rated, in demo for the year.  It is the #1 scripted or reality show, in demo. (Sunday Night Football (SNF) led the demo.)  It's demo rating for the year was 6.2 compared to 8.2 for Sunday Night Football.    In fourth place in demo was The Voice, with 5.1(third place was SNF pregame).  Each ratings point is approximately 1.3 million viewers in the 18-49 demo.  The next highest sitcom was Modern Family at 4.9.

 

In total average viewers, SNF led NCIS, 21.4 million to 21.3 million.  TBBT was in third with 18.7 million.  In fourth was NCIS:LA with 17.3.    The next highest sitcom was Two and a Half Men, at 13.8 million.  

 

 

In an interesting comparison, while NCIS had about 2.7 million more viewers, TBBT led NCIS in demo 6.2 to 4.0.   If you compare The Voice(the next highest non-sports demo) with TBBT total viewers, TBBT leads 18.7 to 14.2 million viewers.  TBBT is the only scripted or reality series to finish in the top 5 in both demo and viewers.  

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Although the season is over, new first run shows are still running. In an interesting move, CBS put the season finale of "Mike and Molly" on after TBBT last night. It was pulled originally as it involves a tornado storyline and the catastrophic Oklahoma tornados were over the days prior to the scheduled telecast. ABC, Fox, and NBC ran first run episodes of their shows against TBBT and Mike and Molly. TBBT, despite running a repeat, was the #1 show in both demo and total viewers. It scored a 2.2 in demo and 9.25 Million viewers. #2 and #3 in the demo were Hell's Kitchen at 2.1 and Mike and Molly at 1.9. In total viewers the #2 and #3 shows were Mike and Molly at 8.0 million and Person of Interest at 6.8 Million. No other shows were over six million.

On TBS, TBBT pulled in a 18-49 demo of 1.1. That rating tied or beat 9 of the shows on broadcast TV. Five of those 9 were new first run shows.

With Friday and Saturday left (and no program on those nights will, historically, be higher than 2), TBBT will finish fourth, in the demo, behind both nights of The Voice and Master Chef. In total viewers TBBT finished third, behind both editions of the voice.

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Live + 7 for the final week of the Television season.

Total viewers for the May 16th episode "The Bon Voyage Reaction" came in at 20.3 Million. That's a lift of 4.9 Million viewers over the Live + SD. The 20.3 million was second behind NCIS (22.2 million) for the week. NCIS:LA came in with 16.3 million viewers. All other shows Live + 7 total viewers were below TBBT Live + SD 15.5 million viewers.

TBBT was also the #1 show in the demo, with a 7.0, a lift of 2.2, the same total and up a tenth from last week. Modern Family had a 5.6 and was the only other show that had a demo over 5. Except for Modern Family, there weren't any shows that had a Live + 7 demo higher than TBBT's Live + SD demo of 4.8. The closest were four shows tied with a 4.5

For the last four weeks of the season, the total viewer lifts for TBBT Live + 7 have been:

4.6 million

5.0 million

4.7 million

4.9 million

This is an average of 4.8 million viewers. For the last four weeks of the season, only two other show were able to generate a Live + 7 lift of over a 4 million. Modern Family did it three times with lifts of 4.0, 4.0, and 4.4 million viewers. Elemenatary did it twice, with 4.2 and 4.3. Again, for this time of year, these are just ridiculous numbers for a half-hour sitcom.

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Live + 7 for the final week of the Television season.

Total viewers for the May 16th episode "The Bon Voyage Reaction" came in at 20.3 Million. That's a lift of 4.9 Million viewers over the Live + SD. The 20.3 million was second behind NCIS (22.2 million) for the week. NCIS:LA came in with 16.3 million viewers. All other shows Live + 7 total viewers were below TBBT Live + SD 15.5 million viewers.

TBBT was also the #1 show in the demo, with a 7.0, a lift of 2.2, the same total and up a tenth from last week. Modern Family had a 5.6 and was the only other show that had a demo over 5. Except for Modern Family, there weren't any shows that had a Live + 7 demo higher than TBBT's Live + SD demo of 4.8. The closest were four shows tied with a 4.5

For the last four weeks of the season, the total viewer lifts for TBBT Live + 7 have been:

4.6 million

5.0 million

4.7 million

4.9 million

This is an average of 4.8 million viewers. For the last four weeks of the season, only two other show were able to generate a Live + 7 lift of over a 4 million. Modern Family did it three times with lifts of 4.0, 4.0, and 4.4 million viewers. Elemenatary did it twice, with 4.2 and 4.3. Again, for this time of year, these are just ridiculous numbers for a half-hour sitcom.

 

 

This somehow makes me ridiculously happy. :D

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You know I don't even know anyone that watches Modern Family, when is it on??

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A little OT but has anyone heard about renewal beyond S7? I thought there would have been news on this by now. It's awfully quiet, not even rumors.

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A little OT but has anyone heard about renewal beyond S7? I thought there would have been news on this by now. It's awfully quiet, not even rumors.

I am interested in that too. Tensor usually has all the good scoop on that stuff. Tensor hear anything?

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Nope. They're being really quiet on it, but there is no rush as they don't have to renew until next spring. That said, there are really no reasons to worry. With the ratings, I don't see CBS not renewing. Unless, of course, the actors salary requests are ridiculous or the actors decide they don't want to do it. But, the cast has said they enjoy doing the show, and they see it going for a few more years, and have all commented on they would like to stay with the show to the end. The three main actors (Johnny, Jim, and Kaley) don't seem to be the type to demand something that would hold up the show (I know, Jim was balky on their renegotiation, but that the first, and he was trying to get what he could. He didn't have the background Johnny and Kaley did) and besides, those three are pretty much set for life now. They'll be able to pick and choose, and still not have to worry about making ends meet.

The other four, have less of a history and are comparatively less well known( well, as less well know as they could be on a show with the audience that the show has), and will get less correspondingly. This is all moot if the cast pulls a "Friends" type salary negotiation. Either way, I don't see salary as a hold up for the renewal. The question becomes how many years. The most logical is two years.

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