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The Frantic Frightful February Sweeps Free for all Fray for All Systems Failure

18 Apr
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Ow! Ow! Ow!, My eyes! MY EYES!! All these comic book related tv shows are killing MY EYES!!

Here we are with Round 2 of the 2016 – 2017 Television season as it pertains to comic book related genre. As I have explained in previous blogs around delayed viewing and its’ ratings. There are three pre-designated periods from September to May in which a show’s story arc will reflect on when advertising buying is heavier than usual, and usually in turn, for show to keep having selling power, producers and writers will schedule their strongest peak episodes to coincide with these periods called “SWEEPS”. They occur on every November, February and May- which also coincide with the usual suspect season finales and UPFRONTS presentations that grant you your ‘renewal papers’, otherwise, some new super hero wet behind the ears turk will just take over your slot (and look, is that Black Lightning warming up in the dugout?).

However, this year, there may be a slight delay in those upcoming upfront presentations due to ruffling of storm clouds and work related strikes.

BUT I don’t mind making a game of what little I’ve managed to pull.

As explained many times before in previous comic book show genre entries on this blog, every week I post to my facebook  the weekly overnight ratings of network and cable comic book based shows. What shows are the strongest, and which deserve to blow away like Pharaohs out pissing sand (If Powerless would be so kind…)

Three months out of the year, (as soon as data is released), I like to post the delayed viewing ratings on HERE and make a big fucking contest out of posting the Live plus three and Live plus seven ratings to really see who are REALLY the winners and who the losers REALLY are. Usually, I like to post up cheesecake photos of your favorite female co-stars of these shows that you can spunk off to in the midst of really complicated looking data and long-winded explanations, so that ALL OF YOU CAN REMAIN FOCUSED. I know how incredibly hard it is to sustain in your head all this heavy jargon about demo rankings and competitive tracking.

So I’d like to thank Arrow’s Katie Cassidy and the Flash’s Candice Patton for not really volunteering the cheesecake photos. It’s better that you not tell them , otherwise they’ll want compensation. And since this blog is supposed to be free.

We’ll sweat the small stuff first…

L +3 ratings

Week of Feb 6 – 12

“The Walking Dead” roared back to the top of the cable ratings with the opening of Season 7b on Feb. 12. It has only increased its lead with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The episode improved from a 5.7 to a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for Feb. 6-12 and from 12 million to 15.93 million viewers. In both cases, it widened the lead it held over the No. 2 show for the week, “Talking Dead.”

What was a 3.5-point lead is now a 5.2-point lead among adults 18-49. In viewers, “The Walking Dead” increased its margin over “Talking Dead” from about 7.2 million viewers to more than 10 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.7 Gain vs. L +SD 2.0 % gain vs. L +SD 35%

LEGION (Premiere!!) FX  L +3 18 -49 rating 1.4 Gain vs  L +SD 0.7 % gain vs. L +SD  100%

Week of Feb 13 – 19

“The Walking Dead” made up some of the (small) ratings declines its Feb. 19 episode suffered thanks to DVR and on-demand playback.

The episode fell 0.4 in adults 18-49 vs. the prior week the night it aired (5.7 to 5.3). It regained a tenth of a point with three days of delayed viewing, rising to a 7.4 (vs. 7.7 the previous week). It also added more viewers (4.16 million) than the previous episode’s 3.92 million.

Legion” was the biggest gainer in the Top 25 aside from “The Walking Dead.” They both added 0.7 to their initial ratings.

THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.4 Gain vs. L +SD 2.1 gain vs. L +SD  40%

12 LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.2 Gain vs. L +SD 0.7 gain vs. L +SD  140%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 15,243 4,156 37%

The Week of Feb 20 – 26

The Walking Dead” is, per usual, perched way above everything else on cable for the week of Feb. 20. It was that way when the initial ratings came out and remains so after three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 7.1 Gain vs. L +SD 2.1 gain vs. L +SD 42%

18. LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.0 Gain vs. L +SD 0.5 gain vs. L +SD 100%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 14,740 4,317 41%

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Week of Feb 27 – Mar 5

THE ONLY show to break the Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in the Live +3 adults 18-49 category for Feb. 27- March 5, 2017 was…

 20. THE FLASH CW 1.7 0.6 55%

“The Walking Dead” cemented it’s No. 1 spot among adults 18-49 with a 1.9-point gain to 6.6. It also moved ahead of Fox News’ coverage of the presidential address for first place among viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +3 18 -49 rating 6.6 Gain vs. L +SD 1.9 gain vs. L +SD 40%

20. LEGION FX L +3 18 -49 rating 1.0 Gain vs. L +SD 0.6 gain vs. L +SD 150%

Note: HBO debuted the cable premiere of the theatrical X-Men: Apocalypse and it managed to mind meld its’ way into the L+3 SD category.

31. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE HBOM L +3 18 -49 rating 0.9 Gain vs. L +SD 0.1 gain vs. L +SD 12%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 13,669 3,496 34%

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And now the competition grows even more fierce – for here are the lightning rounds for broadcast shows. Winners in broadcast categories receive a commemorative WINNER, WINNER SWANSON TV CHICKEN DINNER JPEG PLAQUE

L + 7  Ratings

 Week of February 6 – 12

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.7 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 114%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

5 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 114%

14 ARROW CW L +SD 0.6 L +7 1.1 7 Day Increase 0.5 7 Day % Increase 83%

Viewers – Percentage gain

2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2085 L +7 (000’s) 4129 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2044 7 Day % Increase 98%

  1. ARROW CW L +SD (000’s)1608 L +7 (000’s) 2731 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1123 7 Day % Increase 70%

17 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1774 L +7 (000’s) 2873 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1099 7 Day % Increase 62%

19 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1197 L +7 (000’s) 1903 7 Day Increase (000’s) 706 7 Day % Increase 59%

  1. THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2906 L +7 (000’s) 4586 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1680 7 Day % Increase 58%

22 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2428 L +7 (000’s) 3809 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1381 7 Day % Increase 57%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!!!

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goes to….. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD

The return of “The Walking Dead,” per usual, outdistanced everything else in the cable Live +7 rankings for Feb. 6-12 — just as it did in the initial rankings and those after three days of DVR and on-demand playback.

Sitting at No. 2 in both adults 18-49 and viewer gain, however, is the premiere of “Legion” on FX. The show grew by 0.9 in adults 18-49 (0.7 to 1.6) and by 1.97 million viewers, more than doubling its initial numbers in both measures.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD 5.7 L +7 8.2 7 Day Increase 2.5 7 Day % Increase 44%

2 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX  L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.6 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 129%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

13 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD 0.7 L +7 1.6 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 129%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s)12015 L +7 (000’s) 16837 7 Day Increase (000’s) 4822 7 Day % Increase 40%

2 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD (000’s)1623  L +7 (000’s) 3592 7 Day Increase (000’s)  1969 7 Day % Increase 121%

Viewers – percentage gain

7 LEGION – (Premiere!!) FX L +SD (000’s)1623 L +7 (000’s) 3592 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1969 7 Day % Increase 121%

Week of Feb 13 – 19

Yes, we’ve been here before: “Agents of SHIELD” was the top performers in the Live +7 rankings for the week of Feb. 13-19.

“Agents of SHIELD,” meanwhile, had the highest percentage gain in adults 18-49 (150 percent, 0.6 to 1.5) and was second to “Timeless” in terms of percentage gain among total viewers.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.6 L +7 1.5 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 150%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.6  L +7 1.5  7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 150%

7. RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.4  L +7 0.8 7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 100%

Viewers – Percentage gain

2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2126 L +7 (000’s) 4152 7 Day Increase (000’s) 2026 7 Day % Increase 95%

13 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1139 L +7 (000’s) 1873 7 Day Increase (000’s) 734 7 Day % Increase 64%

20 ARROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1663 L +7 (000’s) 2563 7 Day Increase (000’s) 900 7 Day % Increase 54%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!!

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goes to……  MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD….. again.

Fellow FX show “Legion” tied for second in total gains among adults 18-49, each growing by 0.8.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD 5.3 L +7 7.9 7 Day Increase 2.6 7 Day % Increase 49%

3. LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.3 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 160%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

9 LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.3 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 160%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s) 11087 L +7 (000’s) 16171 7 Day Increase (000’s) 5084 7 Day % Increase 46%

3 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s)1133 L +7 (000’s) 2910 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1777 7 Day % Increase 157%

Viewers – percentage gain

4 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s) 1133 L +7 (000’s) 2910  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1777  7 Day % Increase 157%

The Week of Feb 20 – 26

even shows at least doubled their 18-49 rating, with “Agents of SHIELD” and “Riverdale” leading the percentage gains with a 133 percent jump each.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

12. THE FLASH CW L + SD 1.0 L +7 1.9 7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 90%

17. AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L + SD 0.6 L +7 1.4 7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 133%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD 0.6 L +7 1.4  7 Day Increase 0.8 7 Day % Increase 133%

2. RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.3  L +7 0.7  7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 133%

9 THE FLASH CW L +SD 1.0  L +7 1.9  7 Day Increase 0.9 7 Day % Increase 90%

14 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD 0.6  L +7 1.1  7 Day Increase 0.5 7 Day % Increase 83%

17. ARROW CW L +SD 0.5  L +7 0.9  7 Day Increase 0.4 7 Day % Increase 80%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

1 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC L +SD (000’s) 2013 L +7 (000’s) 3885 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1872 7 Day % Increase 93%

7 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 975 L +7 (000’s) 1689 7 Day Increase (000’s) 714 7 Day % Increase 73%

8 THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2787 L +7 (000’s) 4747 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1960  7 Day % Increase 70%

13 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1643 L +7 (000’s) 2698  7 Day Increase (000’s) 1055 7 Day % Increase 64%

16 ARROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1537 L +7 (000’s) 2457  7 Day Increase (000’s) 920  7 Day % Increase 60%

21. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2236 L +7 (000’s) 3532 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1296  7 Day % Increase 58%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN  DINNER….

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goes to…..  THE FLASH!!

You could chalk it up to NBA Championships for the win, since many CW stations were obliged to carry it (especially Chicago!), which preempted The Flash, thereby cockblocking a possible third Agents of SHIELD win.

The Walking Dead,” per usual, made the biggest gains via DVR and on-demand viewing for the week of Feb. 20. The magnitude of its lead is notable.

“The Walking Dead” also added 5.32 million viewers, 3 million-plus ahead of the No. 2 show in the rankings (“Major Crimes,” which grew by 2.29 million people).

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +SD 5.0 L +7 7.7  7 Day Increase 2.7 7 Day % Increase 54%

6. LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5  L +7 1.2  7 Day Increase 0.7  7 Day % Increase 140%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

16 LEGION FX  L +SD 0.5 L +7 1.2 7 Day Increase 0.7 7 Day % Increase 140%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L +SD (000’s) 10434 L +7 (000’s) 15756 7 Day Increase (000’s)5322 7 Day % Increase 51%

7 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s)1043 L +7 (000’s) 2489 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1446 7 Day % Increase 139%

Viewers – percentage gain

8 LEGION FX L +SD (000’s) 1043 L +7 (000’s) 2489 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1446 7 Day % Increase 139%

The Week of Feb 27 – Mar 3

Legends of Tomorrow” grew by 100 percent.

THE FLASH CW L + SD 0.9  L +7 1.6  7 Day Increase 0.7  7 Day % Increase 78%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

  1. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD 0.5  L +SD 1.0 7 Day Increase 0.5  7 Day % Increase 100%
  2. THE FLASH CW L +SD 0.9  L +SD 1.6   7 Day Increase  0.7  7 Day % Increase 78%

16 RIVERDALE CW L +SD 0.4  L +SD 0.7   7 Day Increase  0.3   7 Day % Increase 75%

  1. SUPERGIRL CW L +SD 0.7  L +SD 1.2  7 Day Increase  0.5  7 Day % Increase 71%

Viewers – Percentage gain

4 RIVERDALE CW L +SD (000’s) 1042 L +7 (000’s) 1798 7 Day Increase (000’s) 756 7 Day % Increase 73%

  1. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L +SD (000’s) 1538 L +7 (000’s) 2608 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1070 7 Day % Increase 70%

7 THE FLASH CW L +SD (000’s) 2524 L +7 (000’s) 4232 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1708 7 Day % Increase 68%

12 SUPERGIRL CW L +SD (000’s) 2179 L +7 (000’s) 3458 7 Day Increase (000’s) 1279 7 Day % Increase 59%

WINNER, WINNER, SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER..

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goes to…… THE FLASH!! Yes, again!!

Due to a power outage in a Nielsen data storage facility in Florida, the DVR L + 7 for cable shows of the week of February 27 – March 5 were lost. Not that it really matters, we all know how great and powerful the Walking Dead is despite declining audiences. Legion has a long way to go to match the monumental ratings mountain top that the Walking Dead has building prime real estate on for the past five or so years, BUT its proving itself to be no slouch in increasing its’ potential audience. No show that I’ve seen, let alone a show that I’ve heard about in this category has ever scored above a 157 % like that. Hopefully overnight audiences will start flocking in droves when the second season comes around next year. Same almost could be said about Riverdale, whilst their audience share is miniscule, it’s audience percentage harbingers a stronger performer in its’ sophomore season. I’m pretty sure it’s the same method that got iZombie renewed for a third and fourth season.

Hopefully by the time I gather all the DVR data for May Sweeps, we’ll have some numbers for Marvel’s Iron Fist.

Finally, I’m getting to finally see the Syfy channel’s adaptation of IDW Publishing’s Wynonna Earp on Netflix. I’ll definitely be milking that for the entire summer. I meant the show, not the title character.

In couple of weeks, my third anniversary blog about my departed friend Harry Perzigian.

And after that, I will be having a special guest blogger on board to do a handful blogs about a very dire health subject.