Analysis to come.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
7 PM
America's Funniest Home Videos (R)

60 Minutes (R)

Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly

Bob's Burgers (R)
7:30 PM
The Last Man on Earth (R)
8 PM
Celebrity Family Feud

Despicable Me

NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

The Simpsons (R)
8:30 PM
Family Guy (R)
9 PM
Steve Harvey's Funderdome

American Grit

Madam Secretary (R)
10 PM
The $100,000 Pyramid

Little Big Shots: Forever Young (R)

Code Black (R)
It's the third week of the second season of the Sporcle Quizzes of the Week! It's Cops week, and each quiz will focus on cop shows, including both comedies and dramas. Here we go!

1)- 8 to 1 Television Cops by Show
This was a nice little challenge, and a change of pace from the picture quizzes I typically feature. It was pretty fun, and included Brooklyn Nine-Nine and SVU, two shows that I love. Another great thing about it is that you don't need to know every show to play it, since it's multiple choice.
My Score: 19/36

2)-  50 Years of TV Cops
While I love a good change of pace from the typical picture quizzes I include, I always love a good quiz with pictures. So here's this week's picture quiz. Here, you'll have to name the shows when given a picture of a main character that is a cop. It's nice because it mixes the classical "police shows" with some non-cop shows that just feature a cop character. It's a great quiz because really anyone can play it.
My Score: 16/20

3)- Cop Show Match
This quiz is partly knowing the shows, and partly just pure logical guesswork. Some of these shows are classics, while others are relatively obscure. It's an interesting quiz nonetheless, and one that I can't believe I got 100% correct on. I haven't even heard of a lot of these!
My Score: 50/50


This is week three of the 2nd TVRG-Sporcle Tournament. For each week, the number of questions you got correct on each quiz will be added up. The first place finisher receives 3 points for placing first, as well. Also, to make things fair, please use the score for your first attempt on each quiz as your official score.

For those new to the Sporcle Quizzes of the Week, or those that need brushing up, to participate, just play all three quizzes and comment your scores on each.

Scores will be posted Friday.

Tournament Standings:

1 - Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom, 187 points
2 - JB, 179 points
3 - HV, 142 points
4- Game of Thrones PT, 99 points
5- Full Boyle, 89 points
6- Miguens, 78 points
7 - omabin, 58 points
8- Jovan, 57 points
9- Raph, 56 points
10- theratingsjunkie, 47 points
11- Reese, 20 points

Thanks for playing the Sporcle Quizzes of the Week! Make sure to come check out the spin-off, the Off-Topic Quizzes of the Week, on Friday, where the topic will be Music.

Welcome back to Game Day! This time, I'll provide series premiere and finale ratings for three shows, as well as two hints. In the form below, place your guesses. Each correct guess gets one point. This edition will close at the end of the day Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 27.

Show #1
Series Premiere: 5.0
Series Finale: 3.0
Hint #1: Comedy
Hint #2: Ended in the 2010s

Show #2
Series Premiere: 2.7
Series Finale: 2.9
Hint #1: Series premiere flopped, but ratings skyrocketed after moved behind a mega-hit.
Hint #2: Went above a 10.0 A18-49 rating on five occasions.

Show #3
Series Premiere: 11.2
Series Finale: 0.5
Hint #1: Premiere did not air after the Super Bowl.
Hint #2: The series finale was part of a revival over half a decade past when the show originally ran.

Welcome back to Game Day! After three rounds of Guess The Show, I've decided to switch things up a little. I'll give three descriptions, and you guess which network and day of the week I'm describing. You get one point for each correct guess. This round closes at the end of the day Eastern Time on Thursday, June 22.

Description #1
Several years ago, this network decided to switch things up a bit in terms of the shows aired and the genres of the shows aired. At any given time, at least three of these shows were working, two of which were constant successes (one much bigger than the other). Eventually, the network decided to air more compatible shows out of the two constant successes, and now the night is this network's best overall.

Description #2
This network saw troubles on this night for years until they unexpectedly acquired a show to lead it off. They've tried critically acclaimed dramedies, spinoffs, reality shows, and nothing seemed to fit. While there is still room for improvement, the night has significantly improved.

Description #3
This network decided to air the first show in what would become a franchise after the only show remaining from a legendary franchise. This yielded modest results, causing said new show to move to a new night to put some new life into it. While it is still the strongest show in the franchise, the show that currently occupies its Season 1 time slot is a spin-off that is also holding its own.

Description #1: ABC Wednesday
Description #2: CW Monday
Description #3: NBC Wednesday

Full Boyle: 3
Game of Thrones PT: 3
JB: 3
Miguens: 3
HV: 2
Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom: 2

JB: 3
Rebecca Bunch: 3
Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom: 3
Game of Thrones PT: 2
Full Boyle: 2
omabin: 1
Who Show JR: 1
Miguens: 1

JB: 2
Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom: 2
Rebecca Bunch: 2
Full Boyle: 1
Game of Thrones PT: 1
Raph: 1

JB: 10
Game of Thrones PT: 8
Rebecca Bunch: 7
Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom: 7
Miguens: 6
Full Boyle: 6
Raph: 3
diegodaily: 2
darkness: 2
HV: 2
Existence: 1
omabin: 1
Who Shot JR: 1
It was a low Saturday night for the networks, with the top show of the night only able to garner a 0.5. It was an especially low night for NBC, with a Nitro Circus Special at 0.2 and below a million viewers. Fox also had a low MLB game at 0.4, which tied repeats of the Gong Show and 48 Hours for second place. Both of the night's regularly scheduled original programs, In an Instant and 48 Hours, were tied with a 0.5.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PM
The Gong Show (R)

MLB Baseball

Nitro Circus Special

Hawaii Five-0 (R)
9 PM
20/20: In an Instant

48 Hours (R)
10 PM
48 Hours

Written Marveling at Dynamic Changes by Bridger Cunningham

Ratings drops continued into the 1987-88 season.  Well, for 80's sized standards, that is.  In spite of "meager" returns from the market, NBC still ruled by a wide margin as its four top sitcoms crowned the charts.  That's old hat, or more appropriately old crown.  The real story rests in the remaining not two, but three networks.  ABC experienced a 7-percent loss in overall viewers from the reason before dropping below the 13 mark.  They were forced to cry on their silver booby prize of, 2nd place!  A foreign concept since spring 1984, ABC broke its curse.  The opposite fortune afforded new lows for CBS, which had never seen 3rd place for the first time in its 47 years on the air.  And FOX experienced double-digit growth due to additional affiliates.  Too bad its average fit in multiples of 3 and 4 inside the big-three's ratings.

Trending Hot -- Word of FOX's upcoming prominence remained just that.  A hot word.  NBC burned fuego, again.  Sitcoms on NBC always remained too hot to touch in the 80's.  This year, however, ABC began to heat up due to its Family First fit.  Friday nights became the third fit for 30-minute shows, as the network finally figured out what to do with its debits in spring 1988 and developed an investment which would pay off well through the 1990's.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays on ABC and Thursdays and Saturdays on NBC were where the action was at.  Just as surviving mid-network jumps trended the season before, NBC succeeded in mid-marquee star jumps.  Cheers flourished without Shelley Long, and Valerie exploded minus Valerie Harper.

Trending Tepid -- Mixing up the schedule gave mixed results this season.  CBS moving its sitcoms around failed, while ABC flaunted success.  Growing Pains' nickel-mighty status woke up wavering Wednesdays, as well as launch two mid-season successes.  NBC Also moved its fares around with mild results.

Trending Cold -- CBS.  Once the silver standard, the network set an all-time low in 3rd Place.  Soaps jumped the shark, with Hotel closing for reservations, Dynasty slipping further into bipolar disillusions, and Dallas dumping following Victoria Principle's exit.  Daytime fares dominated, whilst primetime fares plummeted.
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Written Questioning Lost Opportunities by Bridger Cunningham

Netflix has yet to confirm, but per Hollywoodlife.com and Sophia Amoruso's Instagram account, the streaming service has cancelled the service.  A saddening announcement indeed, yet Sophia Amoruso, the vintage clothing entrepreneur the series was loosely based on, had harsh words lined up against Netflix:

“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out,” she wrote in a series of Instagram stories on June 24. “It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a d---. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.” 

The series premiered on Netflix on April 21 to lukewarm reviews.  It featured stylish backdrops and standout performances outside of the principle cast.  The series had potential for character and story development, yet Netflix has amassed enough original material it can discern which shows to invest in, and which to cut its losses on.  Be the judge and try out the series.  It left a neatly-attired season which can entertain as a standalone season.

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Written Mourning the Loss of Laughs by Bridger Cunningham

What a harsh reality this year faced.  Following Seinfeld's exit two seasons earlier, powerhouse sitcoms became a thing of the past.  For the first time since 1984, a sitcom did not rank in the top 3 positions in the overall Nielsens, ending a 15-year trend dominated by NBC.  They still dominated sitcom performance, yet the overall network ratings show how sitcom demand plunged.

For the season, ABC narrowly nosed NBC out of 1st place, a position they had not seen in years, ending 14 seasons of the peacock in front.  yet they placed 1st with their sitcom stable.  NBC tested its lead-in-dependent shows this season and discarded failures on Thursday.  ABC's sitcom performance dropped a massive 14%, landing neck to neck tied with CBS for 2nd place with comedy.  The results spelled the tragic end to ABC's 11-year old TGIF franchise, as ABC cancelled all entries.  However, WB and UPN were on hand to salvage discarded pieces, many of which enjoyed 2-3 additional seasons.

CBS again landed in 3rd in overall sitcom ratings and by one-hundredth in sitcom averages.  FOX too experience massive drops, yet showed signs of investment in the early 2000's as Malcolm in the Middle and Titus created great installations with the previous seasons' successes with Family Guy and That 70's show.  FOX boasted the highest renewal rate among the six networks with a respectable 9 sitcoms, as all networks downgraded their sitcom orders.  UPN treated this season as no laughing matter and slashed their sitcom entries from 13 to 5 sitcoms, and they experienced a 17-percent increase in Nielsen performance.

WB experienced massive drops in both sitcom and overall Nielsens, taking 6th place in sitcoms performance behind UPN.  So why did sitcoms become weakened this season?  Seinfeld's exit left few sensations shaking up the sitcom world, causing several lead-in dependent shows burning off and being cancelled.  Networks opted to duplicate their news magazines, because evidently the world was too peaceful and the newscasts had to change that.  A rash of gameshows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and reality platforms perked the interests of viewers.  They were one-third cheaper to produce, making them marketable to networks.  Therefore, this aided what began in 2000 known as "The Scripted Purge."  Who needs Seinfeld laughing about nothing when reality TV stars get drunk like rednecks at a keg party laughing about nonsense.

The one pro which emerged in the sitcom world during this relevance-fueled era was the rising trend in the absence of canned laughter, predominantly with FOX displaying successful entries with Malcolm in the Middle and its animation block.  Times looked bleak for sitcoms, which dropped 19 original showings among the networks inside one season.

Ratings Source: http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/by_5_yr_period/1999-00.html
Friday Ratings

18-49 Rating
Total Viewers          (In Millions)
America’s Got Talent (R) (NBC)

Shark Tank (R) (ABC)

MacGyver (R) (CBS)

MasterChef (R) (FOX)

The Originals (F) (CW)

What Would You Do (P) (ABC)

Hawaii Five-0 (R) (CBS)

Beat Shazam (R) (FOX)

Riverdale (R) (CW)

20/20 (ABC)

Dateline NBC (NBC)

Blue Bloods (R) (CBS)

Friday night got a little more interesting as ABC had the premiere of newsmagizine What Would You Do? (0.9). That was a good bit above what it was doing Tuesdays at 10 in 2015-16 season, but exactly even with last year's summer premiere. It also managed to build from its Shark Tank repeat lead-in (0.7). At 10, 20/20 (1.0) managed to pull ahead of NBC's Dateline (0.9) as the former tackled the story of Otto Warmbier. Both had similar-sized lead-ins with Dateline having a repeat of America's Got Talent (0.9).

After airing an original 48 Hours last week, CBS stayed out of the original game with drama repeats (0.5/0.6/0.6).

Fox had repeats of their Wednesday and Thursday centerpieces (0.4/0.4).

The CW showcased the season finale of The Originals (0.3), steady with last week, and the start of a Riverdale (0.2) repeat marathon. 

Written Tiring of Reality by Bridger Cunningham

What a difference one year makes.  In the wake of Seinfeld ending in May 1998, NBC's stranglehold on 1st place softened.  CBS took a solid second, with ABC holding third, the same pattern and configuration of the last two seasons.  FOX was a softer 4th, as expected, and WB and CW trailed so far behind the two combined still underrated Fox.

Sitcoms no longer dominated the top of the ratings, yet offered 73 of the 161 original shows in this table.  Duplicity was the theme of 1998-99, as news outlets on the big three duplicated to 4-5 showings per week.  Nielsen data counted several shows twice as they aired more than twice a week over several weeks.  Reality TV and variety platforms were on the rise, though they did not register above 39th place.  NBC housed the number one show and drama, ER, yet had a noticeable scarcity in dramas.  Instead, Dateline traipsed across the landscape.  The peacock also housed a total of 16 sitcoms with Thursdays continuing to burn red-hot for a 15th season in a row.  All the while Monday and Tuesday sitcoms struggled or met an unceremonious ending.

CBS had fewer sitcoms, as they bolstered their lineup with dramas and news.  ABC continued to attempt three blocks of sitcoms with only Tuesdays and Wednesdays experiencing success.  FOX's soaps all experienced rapid declines, with Melrose Place finally vacating after hooking up with the network for 7 seasons.  WB continued to experience surges due to the popularity of its dramas, while its sitcoms' greatest laugh generated from its paltry ratings.  And UPN struggled to distinguish itself as FOX and WB had done in recent years.