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Ratings Roundup for the Week of November 29, 2020

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CBS premiered the last of their renewed dramas last week … just in time for the holiday break. SEAL Team opened a couple of tenths down from where it ended in the spring. More surprising is the hit taken by the Friday night lineup. In previous years, the Eye had a strong Friday night showing, even by Friday night standards. This year, MacGyver, Magnum PI, and Blue Bloods were all down several tenths from where they were last season. Part of it could certainly be chalked up to the viewer attrition seen so far this season, but it could be that Hawaii Five-0 was a stronger leadoff for the night than it was given credit for and the network is missing that this season.

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL overrun6.023 
60 Minutes2.013.8 
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer1.15.9 
College Football1.04.3 
Young Sheldon0.87.3 
The Neighborhood0.85.5 
The Amazing Race0.74.3 
The Neighborhood (rerun)0.73.8 
B Positive0.65.2 
Mom0.65.2 
Bob (Hearts) Abishola0.64.9 
Let's Make A Deal Special0.63.5 
Sunday Night Movie: Coming To America0.62.9 
Blue Bloods (premiere)0.56.2 
Magnum PI (premiere)0.55.4 
Bull0.54.9 
MacGyver (premiere)0.54.8 
All Rise0.54.2 
SEAL Team (premiere)0.54.2 
The Unicorn0.53.6 
FBI: Most Wanted (rerun)0.42.7 
Star Trek: Discovery0.21.9Import
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ABC saw the return of its Wednesday comedy block after taking a week off for holiday specials. The Goldbergs, The Conners, American Housewife, and Black-ish were all even. For Life lost a tenth it couldn't afford. Grey's Anatomy returned, down a tenth. Station 19 was down two tenths. Big Sky, however, continued to hold steady. Unless its ratings completely meltdown after the holidays, it should see an extended episode order and a season two renewal. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Disney Holiday Singalong1.25.7 
Grey's Anatomy1.25.7 
The Bachelorette1.24.3 
Station 190.85.4 
CMA Country Christmas0.74.2 
Big Sky0.74.1 
The Goldbergs0.73.9 
The Good Doctor0.64.0 
Shark Tank0.63.9 
A Million Little Things0.63.8 
The Conners0.63.6 
College Football0.63.4 
American Housewife0.63.1 
Supermarket Sweep0.62.6 
20/200.53.4 
Prep & Landing0.52.4 
Who Wants to be a Millionaire0.42.9 
Prep & Landing0.42.7 
Black-ish0.42.2 
For Life0.31.9 
Card Sharks0.21.8 
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NBC ran episodes of The Voice just about every night last week. The only scripted show to air a new episode was Law & Order: SVU which gained a tenth from its last new episode a couple of weeks ago. The Peacock also announced last week that this would be the final season for Superstore.

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Sunday Night Football4.916.5 
Football Night in America3.712.7 
Christmas at Rockefeller Center1.27.4 
The Voice (Monday)0.97.2 
Radio City Christmas Special0.95.1 
The Voice (Tuesday)0.87.1 
The Voice (Thursday)0.75.3 
Law & Order: SVU0.64.0Renewed (through 2023)
The Weakest Link (rerun)0.63.5 
The Weakest Link0.63.3 
Transplant0.53.1Import
Dateline (Friday)0.43.0 
Dateline (Thursday)0.42.9 
The Wall (rerun)0.42.1 
Ellen's Game of Games0.42.1 
Vintage SNL0.41.9 
The Voice (rerun)0.32.3 
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FOX saw The Masked Singer return to more normal numbers after the previous week's Thanksgiving football bump. Last week's two-hour program was down a tenth from its non-football boosted outing two weeks ago. The Simpsons was down almost a point without the NFL help on Sunday. Bob's Burgers was down a couple of tenths. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
The Masked Singer1.66.6 
The OT1.45.1 
The Simpsons0.61.6 
WWE Friday Night Smackdown0.52.0 
College Football0.52.0 
Bob's Burgers (rerun)0.51.2 
Bob's Burgers0.51.2Renewed
Ice Age Mammoth Christmas0.41.1 
Family Guy (rerun)0.41.1Renewed
LA's Finest0.31.6Import
Filthy Rich0.31.3Cancelled
Cosmos0.31.3Import
neXt0.21.2Cancelled
Major League Soccer0.20.8 
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The CW was still limping along last week. Pandora actually gained a rating tenth along with one hundred thousand viewers last week. The Outpost rolled a zero rating as it lost two hundred thousand viewers. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (rerun)0.20.9 
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (rerun)0.10.9 
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (rerun)0.10.6 
Swamp Thing0.10.6Import
Coroner0.10.6Import
World's Funniest Animals0.10.6 
World's Funniest Animals (rerun)0.10.6 
Hollywood Christmas Parade0.10.6 
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball0.10.5 
Tell Me A Story0.10.4Import
Pandora0.10.3 
Devils0.10.3Import
The Outpost0.00.2Renewed

It is interesting to note the number of programs slated for cancellation at the end of the current season. It appears at least some network execs are using the pandemic as an opportunity to clear the decks, so to speak, and reinvent their network image for next season. So how are your favorite shows doing so far? 

Written by LadyShelley on Dec 7, 2020

Comments

LadyShelley posted 15 days ago

@MantvydasN wrote:
I think the real reason for dropped ratings is the social issues they introduced to both shows in the recent seasons. It's not to say that it's a bad thing, but it automatically divides people which in turn makes one side happy and the other one angry. Personally, I hope they will go back to the formula of the older seasons.  

Ahh, I don't watch either so did not know about that. 

MantvydasN posted 15 days ago

@LadyShelley wrote:
It's hard to say. The numbers came up after the premiere, but SEAL Team and SWAT have always been tail-end Charlie for the CBS dramas, and yet they keep getting renewed. With this season so screwy thanks to COVID and filming restrictions, I suspect any veteran show that does even marginally well, will be renewed regardless of what the ratings look like.  

I think the real reason for dropped ratings is the social issues they introduced to both shows in the recent seasons. It's not to say that it's a bad thing, but it automatically divides people which in turn makes one side happy and the other one angry. Personally, I hope they will go back to the formula of the older seasons.  

LadyShelley posted 15 days ago

@MantvydasN wrote:
SEAL Team was so awkward at the start of new season, it looks like they are coming to the finish line. 

It's hard to say. The numbers came up after the premiere, but SEAL Team and SWAT have always been tail-end Charlie for the CBS dramas, and yet they keep getting renewed. With this season so screwy thanks to COVID and filming restrictions, I suspect any veteran show that does even marginally well, will be renewed regardless of what the ratings look like.  

MantvydasN posted 16 days ago

SEAL Team was so awkward at the start of new season, it looks like they are coming to the finish line. 

tnt posted a month ago

Big Sky got an extended order today, 16 episodes in season one.

SilverSurfer posted a month ago

@TonyMayhew wrote:
Slight typo in the ABC round-up, it's Station 19, not Station 29. Aside from that, another great post :D

It's a pilot for a spin-off ... ;)

LadyShelley posted a month ago

@TonyMayhew wrote:
Slight typo in the ABC round-up, it's Station 19, not Station 29. Aside from that, another great post :D

Fixed. :) 

TonyMayhew posted a month ago

Slight typo in the ABC round-up, it's Station 19, not Station 29. Aside from that, another great post :D

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