Off Topic - Week 13 (Summer 2017 Season)

Week 13 is officially here! And I'm going to head off to school Monday after three months of freedom. Let's discuss away!

Marlon Ratings--Season 1 (Summer 2017)

America's Got Talent Results Ratings (Summer 2017)

Sporcle TV Quizzes of the Week- Reality TV Edition/Sporcle Contest Season 2 Part 7

We're back for more Sporcle TV Quizzes of the Week, and it's time to get real. Prepare yourselves for  some reality show quizzes. Survivors ready? Go!

Big Brother is my favorite Summer show and my favorite reality show. It's a great show for Summer, and while it can drive me crazy, I still love it. So I made this quiz, focusing on the current cast, about a week ago. I enjoyed creating it, and I hope you'll enjoy playing it.
My Score: 17/17

This is a fun quiz, and I did well on this one because I watch WAY too much reality TV. Like seriously, I need help. It'll definitely be a bit of a challenge for those that actually have lives, unlike myself. While some are pretty obscure, some of these hosts are really famous. And who knows, maybe one day one of these people will be our president. Oh, wait...
My Score: 17/20

Survivor is one of my other favorite reality shows, it's such an iconic show and it host is one of the most well known on all of TV. So I chose this quiz, focusing on some common phrases used by host Jeff Probst, as my final feature in this edition. While I got most right because I've watched this show for most of my life, I messed up on one that I really should have gotten. This quiz was even noticed by Probst himself, who posted it on his Twitter page. 
My Score: 18/19

TBA - Check Back Next Thursday

This is week seven 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.

The submission process for the Sporcle Quizzes of the Week has changed. Instead of the old way of commenting your scores, you now just have to fill out the silver form below. This is for both privacy and to accommodate those without Disqus accounts.

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Tournament Standings:
1 - Good Behavior in Animal Kingdom, 469 points
2 - JB, 440 points
3- Full Boyle, 223 points
4- Miguens, 211 points
5 - Game of Thrones PT, 168 points
6- HV, 142 points
7- Lisa, 112 points
9- Barb, 108 points
10- theratingsjunkie, 61 points
11- omabin, 58 points
12- Jovan, 57 points
13- Raph, 56 points
14- 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 Monday.

TV Ratings 8/16/17: Marlon Starts Decent, AGT #1, F Word Steady for Finale (UPDATED)

It was premiere night last night for the final scripted premiere of Summer, NBC's Marlon. It went about as well as expected, with a "fine but nothing great" premiere at 1.3. It held up decently at 9:30, with a 1.0 in that half-hour. Its lead-in was a strong 2.1 from America's Got Talent, which made its Wednesday debut last night. NBC rounded out the night with a 0.6 for a repeat of SVU. Over on CBS, well, at least the first hour had strong ratings. Big Brother continued to dominate pretty much everything else other than AGT, and it was unfazed by it majorly increased competition. Salvation, however, was not unfazed by increased competition (though CMA Fest and Marlon didn't exactly light up the charts). It doubled up and saw another 0.4 when airing at 10. At 9, it was at 0.5. I'd like to remind you that the 0.4 is actually a tenth lower than the rating for a repeat of Criminal Minds, so this is really, really a pathetic datapoint. ABC had a CMA Fest, and it did relatively well, hitting a mediocre 1.0 in its first hour but surging to a 1.5 in its second. Its final average looks like it'll be somewhere around 1.2, which is WAY better than anything that's aired on ABC Wednesday this Summer. On Fox, MasterChef stayed at a disappointing 0.9, while flop newbie The F Word managed to gain a tenth for its (probably series) finale. The CW had repeats, both at 0.2.

Finals Update: MasterChef (+0.1) adjusted up. The F Word (-0.1) adjusted down.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMAmerica's Got Talent2.1/1010.70NBC

Big Brother1.9/86.25CBS

CMA Fest 20171.2/55.70ABC


Arrow (R)0.2/10.70The CW
9 PMMarlon (Series Premiere)1.3/55.41NBC


The F Word (F)0.5/21.76Fox

Supernatural (R)0.2/10.64The CW
9:30 PMMarlon1.0/44.14NBC
10 PMLaw & Order: SVU (R)0.6/32.78NBC


Wednesday Cable Ratings, 8/16/17: I'm Sorry Ticks Down, Undressed Flops

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 8/16/17. Items of note include I'm Sorry on Tru, Suits and the Sinner on USA, and Snowfall on FX.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
1. Real Housewives of NYCBravo0.591.61
2. Black Ink Crew: ChicagoVH10.581.06
3. Alaskan Bush People
Discovery Channel0.522.44
4. The SinnerUSA0.511.64
5. Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.433.25
6. SnowfallFX0.410.81
7. SuitsUSA0.411.47
8. Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.391.68
9. GreenleafOWN0.361.25
10. Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.351.52
11. Murder by NumbersInvestigation Discovery0.351.28
12. SignedVH10.350.66
13. CNN TonightCNN0.341.58
14. House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.331.69
15. Last Word w/ L. O'DonnellMSNBC0.322.54
16. House HuntersHGTV0.311.76
17. The Perfect MurderInvestigation Discovery0.301.33
18. The FiveFox News Channel0.302.31
19. HannityFox News Channel0.302.46
20. CatfishMTV0.300.62
21. Tucker Carlson TonightFox News Channel0.292.43
22. Property Bros Buy and SellHGTV0.281.62
23. Alvinnn! And the ChipmunksNickelodeon0.281.45
24. Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.271.27
25. 11th Hour w/ B. WilliamsMSNBC0.272.22
Off the chart, I'm Sorry ticks down to a 0.15, down three hundredths from last week. On MTV, the debut of Undressed flopped right off the gate with a 0.20, with the second episode ticking down to a 0.19. MSNBC's All in with Chris Hayes was down three hundredths to a 0.25. A&E's The Lowe Files ticked up to a 0.14. TVLand's Younger ticked up two hundredths to a 0.21, and Bravo's Odd Mom Out ticked up two hundredths to a 0.19. SyFy's Blood Drive fell a hundredth to a 0.10.

Summer Renew/Cancel, Week 13: 'SNL' Will Get To Keep On Updating You

It's time for Week 13 of the Summer Renew/Cancel! A new show premiered this week, and it was a bright spot in a sad crop of Thursday ratings. Stay tuned for my prediction for it, as well as updates on the rest of the Summer shows.

Certain to be Canceled:
Somewhere Between (0.3)
Zoo (0.5)

Likely to be Canceled:
Salvation (0.6)

Leans Cancellation:
The Night Shift (0.7)

Leans Renewal:
Midnight, Texas (0.8)

Likely to be Renewed:
SNL Weekend Update Thursday (1.2)

Certain to be Renewed:

Fate Determined:
Still Star-Crossed (0.3, DE FACTO CANCELED, correct)
Downward Dog (0.7, CANCELED, correct)
The Carmichael Show (0.8, CANCELED, correct)
Hooten & the Lady (0.2, CANCELED, correct)

Yet to Premiere:
Marlon (August 2017)

SNL Weekend Update Thursday: The Summer premiere of this series, based on SNL's Weekend Update segment, performed very well, growing by half a point from its lead-in and it was 0.7 above its lead-out. A 1.2 is a great performance for any Summer show, especially against Big Brother and with preemptions. NBC is likely pleased with these results, and I can't see this show not returning next season. It starts as a LIKELY RENEWAL, but if it holds up well, expect an upgrade by the time its finale airs.

Midnight, Texas: Midnight, Texas was going to be headed to the Likely Renewal category this week, but then the 0.7 happened. That's nothing that's going to get me to downgrade it, because it's probably still good enough to get a renewal, considering it's an in-house production, but that doesn't mean I'll be rewarding the performance with an upgrade. Well, at least not this week. It still LEANS RENEWAL.

The Night Shift: With the good news for SNL and Midnight, it's time for some bad news for the Night Shift. This show sank to 0.5 last Thursday, well below its latest episode. Initially, I thought that the show would be cancelled, but started changing my mind as it began performing better. But then came its 0.5. Now, it's looking dead, and not much can revive it. It heads back to cancellation territory with a LEANS CANCELLATION prediction, but don't expect it to stay there very long if it stays at 0.5.

Stay tuned next week, when Marlon, the final scripted show to premiere in the Summer season, joins our table, and every Tuesday after that for my other Summer predictions.

What do you think of my predictions? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday Cable Ratings, 8/15/17: Greenleaf Returns Up, Maddow, Cooper, O'Donnell, Hayes All Surge

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 8/15/17. Items of note include the midseason premiere of Greenleaf, Manhunt: Unabomber on USA, and the Bold Type on Freeform.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
WWE SmackdownUSA0.772.53
The Haves and the Have NotsOWN0.642.40
The Challenge
Ink MasterSpike0.51.02
Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathA&E0.491.40
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.471.87
Below Deck MediterraneanBravo0.451.16
CNN TonightCNN0.451.67
Deadliest CatchDiscovery0.451.62
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.433.29
Erin Burnett OutfrontCNN0.41.57
Animal KingdomTNT0.391.15
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.381.46
The Situation RoomCNN0.361.58
CNN TonightCNN0.361.35
The Murder of Laci PetersonA&E0.361.14
The Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC0.342.78
Good BonesHGTV0.331.71
The Situation RoomCNN0.321.62
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.32.59
Off the chart, The Bold Type ticked down to 0.13, while lead-in the Fosters was down to 0.25. All In with Chris Hayes was up to 0.28, while MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle ticked down to 0.1. Manhunt: Unabomber fell off the chart, down to 0.25.  Adam Ruins Everything had a huge rebound, up 0.08 to 0.21. Conan was at 0.17, while Jim Jefferies was at 0.18.

TV Ratings 8/15/17: Hollywood Game Night Strong, Trouble in 'Paradise' for ABC (UPDATED)

Finals Update: Hollywood Game Night (-0.1), Somewhere Between (-0.1), and repeats of Legends of Tomorrow (-0.1) and the Flash (-0.1) adjusted down.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMAmerica's Got Talent2.8/1113.15NBC

Bachelor in Paradise1.1/43.84ABC

NCIS (R)0.6/35.81CBS

Lethal Weapon (R)0.4/21.73Fox

The Flash (R)0.2/11.15The CW
9 PMBull (R)0.6/24.90CBS

The Mick (R)0.3/11.25Fox

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (R)0.2/11.00The CW
9:30 PMBrooklyn Nine-Nine (R)0.3/11.04Fox
10 PMHollywood Game Night1.2/65.37NBC

NCIS: New Orleans (R)0.6/25.31CBS

Somewhere Between0.3/21.69ABC