Sunday night CBS ratings are very much approximate due to the NFL overrun.
I tried to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving when it was on, but once I flipped to it I realized I had never seen it before. Apparently the one Charlie Brown specials I've actually seen are the Christmas one and the Halloween one. Unless there was one about baseball, though I'm probably confusing that with the Peanuts comic strip.
I normally don't include ratings for reruns, as their relationship to the ratings for first-run episodes is tenuous at best, but I tend to make exceptions for when a run on a network is entirely reruns. So I will be including the reruns of Jericho that air on The CW every Sunday night. Speaking of which, The CW's new Sunday night lineup did double what the old lineup had been doing.
Since we last talked, and by talked I mean I wrote some things that you may or may not have read, NBC has released their January 2009 schedule. That means the only one we're still waiting on is CBS. I'm tired of posting the grid, so let's summarize: Superstars of Dance on Mondays is a 5 episode series that "will pit the masters of various dance genres from eight countries against each other." Hosted by Michael Flatley. After that ends Heroes and Chuck come back. On Thursdays, Howie Do It! starts January 9th. It's a 6-episode Candid Camera-type series starring Howie Mandel. The following Thursday, Lipstick Jungle is done and reruns of the 3rd season of Friday Night Lights (which originally were/are airing on DirecTV channel 101 on Wednesday nights) air.
THIS WEEK IN TV - I'm going to start giving the year that Christmas specials were originally made. No reason really, I just think it's interesting. * It's all reruns on the following networks on the following nights: CBS on Monday, The CW on Tuesday, The CW on Thursday, FOX on Thursday. * With Dancing With The Stars finished, ABC starts out Monday night with Christmas specials Shrek The Halls (2007) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), and follows it up with two new episodes of Samantha Who?, and follows that with a new episode of Boston Legal. This is the last new episode of Samanta Who? in 2008. * The CW has new episodes of Gossip Girl and a special Privileged on Monday. * ABC starts Tuesday out with Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), followed by two new episodes (including the season premiere) of According To Jim, and following that with a new Eli Stone. * CBS on Wednesday is all specials with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Grammy Nominations Concert Live, and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. * FOX has the premiere of Secret Millionaire a non-scripted show which is part "teaching rich people what being poor is like" and part "rewarding people who make a difference". * NBC airs the special Christmas in Rockefeller Center along with new episodes of Life and Law & Order. Knight Rider doesn't return until January 7th. I predict that when they bring it back, it will do even worse in the ratings, and will therefore not be renewed for next season. * The Thursday night rerun of Private Practice on ABC is preempted by Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008. We know that Will Smith, Tina Fey, Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, Frank Langella, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Phelps are 7 of them. * A bunch of Christmas specials on Friday: ABC brings us How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 to Friday, along with a new 20/20. The CW is airing Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (2000) and The Story of Santa Claus (1996). And NBC has Greatest Holiday Moments: TV and Film Countdown, along with new episodes of Lipstick Jungle and Dateline NBC. * The last game of ABC's Saturday Night College Football airs with the Big 12 Championship Game. * There are two hours of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday, with the first hour entitled "TY PENNINGTON: Behind the Scenes". * CBS has the season finale of The Amazing Race on Sunday. They then air the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie Front of the Class. * Family Guy is preempted, The Simpsons take the Family Guy slot, and in The Simpsons slot is the Allstate BCS Selection Show.
They tell me that the majority of the shows I watch (NCIS, CSI: MIAMI, THE MENTALIST, CRIMINAL MINDS, COLD CASE, and (I hope it returns...) ELEVENTH HOUR) are all CBS shows and CBS is the network known for it's '40 and over' viewers.
Hmm, well, not every CBS is show is like that. The Monday night comedies are doing pretty well with the 18-49 demo.
Let's see. In addition to the household rating and the 18-49 rating that I list every week, I also keep track of total viewers. And the 18-49 rating is actually a percentage of 18-49 viewers. So from those two numbers, we should be able to figure out what percentage of viewers are in the 18-49 demographic.
Ok, I've run the numbers, and I guess you're right. But ABC is similar (if not as bad). Of the 11 youngest skewing shows, 4 are on The CW (One Tree Hill, 90210, Gossip Girl, America's Next Top Model), 3 are on NBC (The Office, 30 Rock/SNL Thursday, Heroes), and 4 are on FOX (Family Guy, American Dad, Kitchen Nightmares, The Simpsons).
As for the bottom ten, 6 are on CBS (N.C.I.S., 60 Minutes, The Mentalist, Without A Trace, NUMB3RS, Cold Case), 1 is on ABC (Dancing With The Stars), 2 are on NBC (Deal Or No Deal, Crusoe), and 1 is on FOX (Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?)
And now let's do oldest and youngest show by network: ABC-Dancing With The Stars (30%) and Grey's Anatomy (50%) CBS-N.C.I.S. (27%) and How I Met Your Mother (55%) CW-Easy Money (36%) and One Tree Hill (71%) FOX-Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (32%) and Family Guy (65%) NBC-Deal Or No Deal (30%) and The Office (67%).
The oldest skewing scripted comedy is Samantha Who? but I'm going to guess that is simply from its lead in Dancing With the Stars.
My anticipation of this show returning is on par with Game of Thrones. The unraveling of Nucky's Empire with Jimmy in the middle fighting his conscience is going to make for some great TV over the next couple months.