Wednesday TV Ratings 5/23/18: SVU Ends Strong, Survivor Limps to the Finish Line (UPDATED)

Finals Update: Survivor (-0.1), the Suvivor Reunion (-0.3), and the Originals repeat (-0.1) adjusted down. Empire (+0.1) and Star (+0.1) adjusted up.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMEmpire (F)1.7/85.22Fox

Survivor (F)1.4/77.40CBS

Toy Story 30.7/32.72ABC

Law & Order: SVU (R)0.6/33.83NBC

Supergirl (R)0.2/10.99The CW
9 PMLaw & Order: SVU (F)1.2/56.08NBC

Star (F)1.3/53.98Fox

The Originals (R)0.1/10.84The CW
10 PMLights, Camera, Summer!0.5/22.28ABC
10:30 PMSurvivor (Reunion Special)0.8/45.64CBS

CBS Pulls the Plug on Code Black, Cancels Series After 3 Seasons

After three seasons, CBS has finally decided that it's time to discharge Code Black. The decision was announced by series created Michael Seitzman. The veteran medical drama has never been a big hit for CBS, but did respectably in its first two seasons. The show returned just a few weeks ago and hasn't done very well, though it did retain its SEAL Team lead-in pretty decently. Alas, that was not enough for Marcia Gay Harden's medical drama to be renewed. Rounding out the cast are Luis Guzman, Boris Kodjoe, and Rob Lowe. This was a correct prediction for the TV Ratings Guide.

What do you think of this news? Will you miss Code Black? Let us know in the comments below.

Man With a Plan Season 2 Finale Review

It's time for the second season finale of Man With a Plan, and I've really enjoyed the ride to this point.  The second season was a marked improvement on the first season, successfully adding Stacy Keach to the main cast and increasing the presence of the lovely Ms. Swoosie Kurtz. This episode continues the weeks-long plot, hopefully ending it in a satisfyingly funny way.

Andi is upset to find out that Adam and Don are doing remodeling for their parents, because they're so difficult to work with. Adam tells him not to worry, and Andi decides to just support Andi. At his parents, Adam discovers that his father didn't even know about the remodeling, and Bev and Joe start arguing. Because their house is being repaired, Adam allows Bev and Joe to stay at his house, which Andi us less-than-enthused about.

Adam shows Bev and Joe cabinet options for their kitchen, and they aren't pleased with them. Adam has to get more, leaving Andi alone with her monsters-in-law. He decides to stay at work awhile to avoid his parents, and when he gets home he finds Andi, hiding from Adam's parents. While they're driving her nuts, they do convince her to look for a job related to one of her passions. Adam and the guys have a meeting with Lisa, who tells them that she wants to buy them out, meaning that she'd pay them when they aren't working, though it means the end of Burns Brothers Construction. They agree, and Don doesn't even care that much about Burns Brothers now being bought out.

Andi tells Bev and Don exactly what they should do for their kitchen. They both love it, and Andi finds her true passion. That night, Andi tells Adam that she designed the kitchen, and Adam tells Andi about selling Burns Brothers. He gets defensive about the sale, but mostly because he's unhappy about it, even if he won't tell Andi. Later, Adam and Don reminisce about the end of Burns Brothers, and they get sentimental about it. Andi then shows Adam and Don a run-down house, and she gives him a proposal. She wants to start a house flipping business, where they'd be their own bosses. Don and Adam like the idea, so a new chapter in their lives now begins.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable, funny, and interesting finale. I wasn't sure how they'd wrap up this plot, and I'm very satisfied with the way they did wrap it up. While the show is rarely great, it's almost always very good, and is a great way to give me some quick laughs. Those thoughts remained with this finale, which was very good but wasn't phenomenal. It set up the third season wonderfully, and it made me very interested in what's in store for the show. While I had a few issues with the episode, such as the somewhat-rushed ending and the somewhat-slow beginning, it was still quite good, and featured some of Stacy Keach's best work on the show to-date. MWAP writers, please give Joe (and Bev) more to do next season. Also, where the heck was Marcy? I really needed one last Marcy appearance before the show goes away for god-knows-how-long.
Score: 8.5/10
Grade: B+

Tuesday Cable Ratings 5/22/18: Genius: Picasso Dips, Morning Joe Soars

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 5/22/18. Items of note include Genius: Picasso on NatGeo, Legion on FX, and The Last OG on NBC.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA: Rockets v. WarriorsTNT3.18.30
Inside the NBA PlayoffsTNT1.663.74
WWE SmackdownUSA0.682.20
NBA Pre-GameTNT0.621.81
Chrisley Knows BestUSA0.551.61
Below Deck MediterraneanBravo0.441.26
The Haves and the Have NotsOWN0.421.79
The Last O.G.TBS0.421.04
Deadliest CatchDiscovery0.391.62
Forged In FireHistory0.361.06
Little People, Big WorldTLC0.351.65
The ChallengeMTV0.320.56
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.312.67
HannityFox News0.313.24
Tosh.0Comedy Central0.30.55
Good BonesHGTV0.281.48
Knife or DeathHistory0.280.88
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.272.71
Hidden PotentialHGTV0.271.36
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.262.50
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.260.70
House HuntersHGTV0.241.32
Web of LiesInvest. Discovery0.241.00

Highlights Below the Chart:

The Last WordMSNBC0.211.99
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.190.85
Morning JoeMSNBC0.161.10
The Lead with Jake TapperCNN0.140.74
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.121.16
At This HourCNN0.120.59
Velshi & RuhleMSNBC0.10.79

The 100 S5E5 Review

It's war now on The 100, as the remaining survivors on Earth fight for the valley. With the groups that we started the season with now getting mixed up, new dynamics between some people that haven't seen each other in years are in play.

S5E5 "Shifting Sands"

Clarke doesn't get to be in her usual leadership role now that the people from the bunker are out. Even with the knowledge she has, she has to fight to be heard, as everyone just wants to listen to Octavia. Octavia is unhappy with Bellamy, and there is a great conversation between her and Indra about love. Octavia doesn't want to love anyone, believing that makes you weak. Indra tells her that she loves her, and asks if that makes her weak. It is a great Indra moment.

This group faces challenging decisions, as every potential path for them seems to be impossible. A disgusting burrowing creature causes trouble, but it at least allows Clarke to be taken seriously, as she handles the situation, especially when she has to save Octavia's life. The group somehow manages to survive the sandstorm. I believe that the show created an issue for itself here, hyping up the dangers around them so much that surviving the sandstorm seems unrealistic.

In the end, Octavia is grateful that Clarke saved her, but tells Bellamy that if he isn't part of Wonkru, he is her enemy. The very ending here has a reunion, as their people from the valley arrive. Maddie and Clarke reunite, as well as Monty and Harper with the others. I'm glad that most of this group is together now.

Abby is put up to the task of diagnosing one of the people from the prison ship. This the sort of thing that the show has done before, so it feels like we're just retreading old paths. Kane keeps trying to negotiate with the leader of the group, and ends up sharing a moment with her where they drink tequila. I found this very odd, and I don't think I like where this is going.

Raven and Murphy are the most compelling characters in this episode. They have been captured, and are being tortured for information. Raven ends up getting Murphy free, but he ends up discovering that the shock collar he has doesn't let him go too far away from where they were. There's also a very entertaining moment here when Maddie talks about what she heard about these people from Clarke.

It feels like the show has too much going on right now, and it seems like everything is constantly changing. I think that they need to refocus and decide what stories they are telling.

Score: 6/10

What did you think of "Shifting Sands"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

The Chew Canceled by ABC

Viewers will soon be taking their last bite of The Chew. The long-running daytime talk series will be ending in September after seven seasons. The Chew premiered in September 2011 as a replacement to the canceled ABC soap opera All My Children. The show's five original host remained in place for its first six seasons, before the departure of Daphne Oz. Host Mario Batali was later involved in a sexual misconduct scandal in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, and was terminated in late 2017. The show will retain original hosts Carla Hall, Michael Symon, and Clinton Kelly until the series finale airs. Throughout its run, the series received positive critical reception, picking up two Emmy awards, with four additional nominations.

What do you think of this news? Will you miss The Chew? Let us know in the comments below.

Tuesday TV Ratings 5/22/18: The Middle Rises for Farewell, The Voice Steady for Finale (UPDATED)

Finals update: Roseanne (+0.1) and NCIS (+0.1) adjusted up.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMRoseanne (F)2.5/1210.33ABC

NCIS (F)1.3/611.80CBS

The Voice (Clip Show)1.1/56.08NBC

The Flash (F)0.8/42.21The CW

8:30 PMThe Middle (Series Finale)1.7/77.09ABC
9 PMThe Voice (F)1.5/68.71NBC

NCIS (R)0.7/36.69CBS

The 1000.3/10.96The CW
9:30 PMSplitting Up Together (F)1.0/44.06ABC
10 PM48 Hours: NCIS (P)0.5/24.19CBS

For the People (F)0.5/32.45ABC

The Middle Series Finale Review

The title of the episode is true, it really has been a heck of a ride over the last nine years. The way that this family has grown over all of the seasons has been amazing to watch, and it has done that while being consistently funny. Now we have reached the emotional final hour of The Middle.

S9E23-24 "A Heck of a Ride"

The series finale picked up right where last week's episode left off. Frankie is crying, and can't decide whether she wants Mike to hold her or not. The scene is very funny, even though we can't see Frankie or Mike because it's dark. They have a great conversation about Frankie's nightstand cookies, and in the morning Mike wakes up to crumbs across Frankie's side of the bed. On a cookie high, Frankie has accepted that Axl is moving. Axl tells his siblings that he's leaving, and the two very different reactions are hilarious. Axl tells everyone that he has a month, as he starts his new job in June, but Mike discovers that the job actually starts in May, which Axl realizes after a hilarious debate about what the 5th month is.

Axl is upset about how Brick doesn't seem to care that he is leaving. This is a story I did not expect, but it is a great one. Axl is usually not a sentimental one, but he does care, and this story clearly shows it. Sue meanwhile tries to have a moment with Axl, but Axl just wants to talk about Brick. Axl and Brick talk about this in the backseat of the family car, where Brick reveals to Axl how he doesn't know what the room will be like without Axl. Sue interrupts, as she wants in on a moment with Axl. It's then Axl's turn to reveal his hidden emotions, telling Sue how hard it will be for him to say goodbye to her. This scene with the three Heck kids in the back of the car is absolutely wonderful, both funny and heartfelt.

Preparing for Axl to leave, Frankie acts cool so that Axl will want to take her calls and visit for the holidays. There is an enjoyable scene where she puts this into action, as they try to get good boxes from the Frugal Hoosier, and Frankie doubts that they are giving her the best boxes. Right before the family leaves, Mike gives Axl a sentimental gift of a watch with the latitude and longitude of their house on it. It's a very heartfelt scene, and there's a funny part here when Frankie gets annoyed by this. As the family prepares to leave, some neighbors say goodbye, as well as Brad, Lexi, and best of all, Weird Ashley, who has a hilarious goodbye for Axl. As the first half of the finale ends, the Heck family leaves Orson, and it's great when Nancy comments that they are fighting already, she knows them well!

The family heads out, and Frankie is still annoyed about the watch, telling Mike that when she gives a gift, she writes both of their names on it. I had a good laugh at Mike's response when he has trouble hearing her: "Maybe I don't want to get my ears checked." Frankie decides to stop and get peaches, but the peaches end up attracting bees. When Frankie gets an alert that they are nearing their data use limit, she tells the kids to get off of their devices. This is a great way to get the family to interact, which leads to arguing about Axl freezing Sue's head. I love the old recurring jokes that are getting brought up again in this finale, such as this one.

At the airport, Sean discovers the snowglobe. While I dislike how long this story has been dragged on, the fact that it began and is ending with the snowglobe is a great way to weave it all together. Sean decides to rush after Sue because of this, and while stories like this have been done before, it doesn't make this one any less great. Sue and Sean share a great scene, and I loved how the snowglobe broke once its purpose had been served. I also enjoyed the recapping of this story, and how Axl and Brick were involved.

Frankie gets another text alert about data usage, and when she brings this up, Axl suggests she take him off the family plan, because he will get a phone plan with his new job. When he says that he won't be part of the family anymore anyway, Frankie loses it. They stop the car, and she gets out. It is a very emotional scene, and Frankie's freaking out is perfectly balanced by Mike's reassurance that this is the way that things are supposed to be. This family moment on the highway is perfect, an absolutely wonderful moment of emotion. They don't forget the the comedy though, as this emotional scene is accented by the family forgetting the blue bag.

In the final minutes of the series, Frankie tells us about the future for the Heck children. Each one is wonderful, Axl having three boys just like him, Brick writing a novel series party inspired by his life, and Sue marrying Sean. The family has all grown up, and it is wonderful to see them as adults. The wedding scene also gets us one last look at some of the show's recurring characters, such as a pregnant Lexi, and Brad with a boyfriend. I lost it at the wedding, it was such a great moment showing the family all together again and happy. At the end, the family drives off, and it's ended with a perfect final moment with Brick whispering "the middle." The series could not have ended in any better of a way.

I am absolutely stunned by how wonderful of an hour this was, and my expectations certainly weren't low. The Middle creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline did a fantastic job writing a finale full of both comedy and heart, with a perfect ending to send the show off. Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer have been great as the Heck family, and this finale is no exception. I will miss this show dearly, but I am also so happy to see it conclude in such a strong way.

Score: 10/10 (part 1)
Score: 10/10 (part 2)

What did you think of "A Heck of a Ride"? Was it a proper conclusion to the series? Will you miss The Middle? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Saturday Cable Ratings 5/19/18: Royal Wedding Coverage Dominates the Top 25

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 5/19/18. Items of note include coverage of the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the movie premiere of Fahrenheit 451 on HBO, and Trading Spaces on TLC.
(Note: Click any show with its name in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA: Boston v. ClevelandESPN2.546.83
NBA Pre-GameESPN0.61.65
CNN NewsroomCNN0.462.43
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanCNN0.462.03
Dragon Ball SuperAdult Swim0.450.88
NASCAR: All-Star RaceFS10.422.47
CNN NewsroomCNN0.42.40
CNN NewsroomCNN0.42.16
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanCNN0.391.91
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanCNN0.381.68
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanCNN0.381.93
CNN NewsroomCNN0.352.04
Dragon Ball Z KaiAdult Swim0.340.69
CNN NewsroomCNN0.311.66
UFC: Maia v. UsmanFS10.310.87
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanCNN0.291.54
Fahrenheit 451HBO0.261.11
CNN NewsroomCNN0.261.38
Royally Ever AfterHallmark0.242.02
Highlights Below the Chart:

Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanBBC America0.241.02
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanFox News0.242.53
Trading SpacesTLC0.190.85
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanE!0.180.45
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanFox News0.181.97
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanTLC0.150.59
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanMSNBC0.130.99
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanLifetime0.120.67
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanMSNBC0.120.91
Royal Wedding Live! With Cord and TishHBO0.10.32
Royal Wedding: Harry & MeghanHLN0.070.26
Patrick MelroseShowtime0.030.19