Friday Cable Ratings, 10/20/17: Superstition Starts Low, Tracey Ullman's Show Returns Up

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 10/20/17. Items of note include Superstition on Syfy, Tracey Ullman's Show on HBO, and Stuck in the Middle on Disney Channel.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
MLB ALCS: Yankees v. AstrosFS12.118.23
NBA: Warriors v. PelicansESPN0.962.39
MLB ALCS Post-Game FS10.832.48
NBA: Cavaliers v. BucksESPN0.771.82
Gold RushDiscovery0.772.69
Live PDA&E0.521.61
Real Time HBO0.431.85
Gold Rush SpecialDiscovery0.411.39
Williams StreamAdult Swim0.350.65
Williams StreamESPN0.320.60
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.290.78
Teen Titans GoCartoon Network0.281.12
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.272.32
The GoldbergsNick-at-Nite0.270.69
Raven's HomeDisney0.271.27
Paw PatrolNickelodeon0.261.07
The Walking Dead: Walker WorldAMC0.250.78
Stuck In the MiddleDisney0.251.27
Highly QuestionableESPN0.240.53
The GoldbergsNick-at-Nite0.240.60
House HuntersHGTV0.231.19
Off the chart, Z Nation hit a season high 0.21. Behind it was Superstition, which started with a lowly 0.12. On HBO, Tracey Ullman's Show returned at 0.11. MSNBC's Morning Joe was at 0.11, while Velshi & Ruhle was at 0.09, All In with Chris Hayes was at 0.19, and Deadline: White House was at 0.09. On CNN, Wolf was at 0.12. Hannity was at 0.16.

Cable Renew/Cancel - Freeform, TNT, and Syfy: 'Good Behavior' Looking Good, 'Ghost Wars' Losing the War

Cable Renew/Cancel - Freeform, SYFY, TNT: Fall Predictions 1

The Fosters

Young & Hungry
Famous in Love
The Bold Type

Nothing new.

Good Behavior

Animal Kingdom

Good Behavior: Finally graced our TV screens with its return this past Sunday. The Michelle Dockery led drama moved from Tuesdays at 9 to Sundays at 10, and with the move, came a slight ratings drop. After a slow start in season one, the serial drama climbed its way up to reaching a high of a 0.23 around the holidays. This past Sunday's premiere earned a 0.19, down a few tenths from the average episode in season two, but equal to the season's average last year. Good Behavior was likely renewed as it has to be extremely cheap (anyone who watches can testify to this), and TNT saw promise in the show with the ratings continuously increasing over the season. Now it is really hard to predict the fate of this one, especially with only one episode aired, but I have to, so I'm going to start it as a leaning towards a renewal. As mentioned before, it's cheap, and it could continue to grow the rest of the season as it did last year. Stay tuned for future updates as more episodes air and more ratings come in.


Van Helsing

Ghost Wars

Wynonna Earp
Dark Matter
Blood Drive

Ghost Wars: Syfy shows don't have much to strive for ratings-wise, but Syfy does have some standards. Their new ghost show which premiered in early-October kind of bombed, premiering to a 0.10. Syfy hasn't renewed shows with ratings this low in a while, especially for a show not on Friday. Fans, I'm sorry to say this, but the Avan Jogia led drama will likely not be renewed. I'm starting it as leaning towards cancellation as there may be some sort of deal the show has somewhere that could save it if the ratings tick up enough (ratings were up to a series high of a 0.11 in week three), and if its cheap enough, but don't get your hopes up.

What do you think of the predictions? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

😊 - Certain to be Renewed
😀 - Likely to be Renewed
🙂 - Leans Renewal
😕 - Leans Cancellation
😨 - Likely to be Canceled
😢  - Certain to be Canceled

Zoo Canceled After Three Seasons

photo: CBS

CBS has canceled drama 'Zoo' after three seasons. The series was based on the James Patterson novel by the same name. In the show, Jackson Oz & company attempted to figure out why there were violent animal attacks across the world. James Wolk played the titular character. Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnezeder, Billy Burke, Alyssa Diaz, Josh Salatin, and Gracie Dzienny made up the rest of the main cast. The series averaged an anemic 0.5 in the Adults 18-49 demographic. Those low ratings ended up sealing its fate. This was a correct prediction by the TVRatingsGuide.

What do you think of this news? Were you a fan of the series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Get Shorty Season 1 Finale Review

For those of you who chose Option B in the previous review, looks like you were right after all.


S1E10 'Blue Pages'

In this episode, Miles finds out that the real reason his movie was shut down was because it was the victim of an insurance scam. With the help of Amara's men, Miles goes to the head of the studio and forces him to revive the movie. Meanwhile, Amara finds Rick but surprise, surprise, doesn't kill him. Instead he manages to get back together, only to become an informant for the FBI. Lastly, Emma finds out the true nature of Miles' source of income.

For a finale, this episode was pretty tame in comparison to the last episode. Still, getting to see Miles be all badass again was great. I must say I'm surprised about how I felt when Miles found out Emma didn't want to be in the movie. That was a rather heartbreaking moment, possibly the highlight of the whole episode. The second best moment was probably seeing Louis alive and recovering.

Overall, this show was pretty good. Seeing Chris O'Dowd transition from IT nerd to movie producer was initially odd for me but it ultimately worked out because like I said above, he was a badass. Ray Romano however, was disappointing. Drama doesn't really seem to suit him. I thought he might do better than his time on Vinyl but sadly I was mistaken. The main highlight of this entire show however, was Sean Bridger's who pretty much made this show for me. He wasn't very important on his previous show, Deadwood, but he managed to shine on this show and I thank Epix for giving him the opportunity to do so. As for the rest of the cast, they were all good too except for Yago. Screw that guy. I also must thank Davey Holmes, creator and writer of the show for providing a unique spin on Elmore Leonard's novel which was as good, if not better than the 1995 movie.

The last few minutes of the episode provided a decent setup for the next season but whether or not I actually watch it next year depends on my schedule and level of interest. For now, this is my last review for Get Shorty.

Thank you for reading this series and I hope you all continue to follow The TV Ratings Guide for all your news, ratings and random articles.

Quote of the finale: "You want to survive the next few hours? You should reexamine your relationship with the truth"

Sunday TV Ratings, 10/22/17: Simpsons Rises for Treehouse of Horror, Shark Tank Fractional

It was an NFL-dominated Sunday, but a few other shows shone brightly. One of those shows is the Simpsons, which saw aa nice increase for its annual Treehouse of Horror episode, up three tenths to a fantastic 1.6. In front of it was another solid performer, Bob's Burgers. Bob's gained two tenths to give it a solid 1.3, the #2 Fox show of the night. The show has silently grown into one of Fox's strongest comedies, and its year-to-year trends are very impressive. Ghosted saw a smaller increase, up a tenth to 1.1. It's not nearly as promising as when it first premiered, but this is still a decent (if not great) performance. In the 9 o'clock hour, Family Guy and Last Man on Earth both held onto last week's numbers. Over on CBS, their night was certainly less good than Fox's, but we won't really get the full picture there until Finals come in because of Football-induced overruns. As of now, 60 Minutes saw an uptick of about 0.2, while Wisdom stayed steady. Wisdom isn't really performing too well, but it fits in well with CBS's other underperforming newbies. NCIS: LA was down a tenth at 9:30. Madam Secretary was preliminarily at a season high, but this is far from the whole picture as it aired well out of primetime. Either way, it's nearly certain to at least stay at last week's number. Over on ABC, Shark Tank took a nice-sized hit, down to 0.9 after three solid weeks. Everything else was steady for ABC.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
7 PMNFL Overrun4.4/1717.69CBS

Football Night In America3.0/119.49NBC

The Mick (R)1.3/53.61Fox

The Toy Box0.4/22.32ABC
7:30 PM60 Minutes2.5/913.95CBS

Bob's Burgers1.3/52.99Fox
8 PMThe Simpsons1.6/63.62Fox

America's Funniest Home Videos0.9/34.57ABC
8:20 PMSunday Night Football: Falcons v. Patriots5.5/1816.74NBC
8:30 PMWisdom of the Crowd1.1/48.01CBS

9 PMFamily Guy1.2/42.64Fox

Shark Tank0.9/34.21ABC
9:30: PMNCIS: Los Angeles1.0/37.91CBS

The Last Man on Earth0.8/31.95Fox
10 PMTen Days in the Valley0.4/22.25ABC
10:30 PMMadam Secretary0.9/46.69CBS

The Simpsons Season 29 Episode 4 Review - Treehouse of Horror

It's the Halloween season and you know what that means - another Simpsons Treehouse of Horror! One of my favorite Halloween traditions returns for another chapter, and I'm thrilled.

In the opening segment, Barterfinger is worried that he will be eaten, but his parents Marge Bar and Oh Homer assure him he'll stick around for while. The person picks out Senior Mints, and eats them. The next day, the entire Candy Simpson family (minus Senior Mints) is left in the bowl. The person takes them and sets them on a shelf, where they will be left forever. The entire family then eats a chocolate bunny from God-knows-when.

In segment one, The Exor-sis, the family receives a package that contains a Pazuzu statue from Iraq. Marge and Homer have no idea why it was ordered, and they decide to send it back the next day. Tonight, however, they're having a cocktail party. After Marge heads downstairs, Homer picks up Pazuzu and his eyes start to glow. Strange things start happening around Maggie's room, obviously caused by Pazuzu. Later, Maggie comes out from her room, possessed. Helen Lovejoy is the first to realize that she's a Demon, but Maggie kills her with her demonic powers. She also kills Dr. Hibbert, which prompts Ned to declare that Maggie needs an exorcism. Since Rev. Lovejoy (who is strangely non-effected by the death of his wife) has no clue how to do them, they need to call an exorcist. The exorcist (The Exorcist reboot's brilliant Father Marcus Ben Daniels) arrives, and declares that Maggie must be cut loose. He orders Pazuzu out, and soon, Maggie is back. However, Pazuzu enters Bart. The thing is, Pazuzu doesn't want to be in Bart (he has the darkest soul he's ever seen).

Segment two is a Coraline parody titled Coralisa. Lisa is upstairs in her room, wondering if she was born in the wrong family. Snowball points to a door, and then heads into it. Lisa chases after him, and  apparently he can talk (thanks to Coraline creator Neil Gaiman). He shows her to her other family. Lisa heads through the other door, and meets her "perfect" family. The Other Simpsons offer to do a little jazz number with her, and she's thrilled. She wishes she could stay forever, and Other Homer tells her that she can. They want to sew buttons on her eyes, and she runs back through the door to her room. Homer tells her that he killed a snake with her saxophone, and she heads back to the Other Simpsons and asks for buttons.  Weeks later, the OG Homer finally notices that Lisa is gone, and Marge is clearly annoyed with the police's response to the disappearance. When Homer tells Bart he'll get Lisa's homework, he too heads to the Other Simpsons to join them. Homer and Marge know that Bart went through the door, and she heads through too. Snowball tells Homer he's lost his family, and Homer joins the rest of the family in Buttonville, USA. Unfortunately, he's too ginormous to get through and needs Snowball's help to push his way through the tiny doorway. In the button world, Homer kills Button Bart. Then, Button Homer stumbles and halls onto a pair of scissors. Button Marge is super annoyed, but they apparently come to an understanding and bring all of them back to the world of the Original Simpsons.

In segment four, MMM... Homer, the kids and Marge leave and Homer is home alone. Homer eats all of the food in the house, except for the vegetables. He soon discovers a frozen hotdog, and her throws it on the grill. He takes it off and tries to cut it, but accidentally cuts his own finger off. As he screams about his finger, Santa's Little Helper grabs the hot dog. Homer's finger is sitting of the grill, and because he's disgusting, he eats it. Medium rare. He loves it, but pledges to never eat any of his body parts again. But soon, he decides to cut off his other finger and eat it, to even things out. Ned invites him over for some food, and he hates it. Ned starts to suspect that he's eating human, but Homer doesn't care how Ned feels. Back insine, Homer is creating some delicious Homeals. Soon, Marge arrives with the kids. They notice that he's lost weight, but also that he's walking strange. That night, Marge comes down to find Homer cooking his own leg. She takes him to an addiction counselor, but he won't listen, and Marge leaves him. Mario Batali arrives, and he states that he's been looking for new ingredients. And Homer is just that. After Mario cooks the remainder of Homer, a note is sent to the family. In it, Homer invites them all home. At home, Mario has turned their home into a restaurant where Homer's the main ingredient.

I've said numerous times that this is a great Simpsons season. So it makes sense that the show also delivers one of its best Treehouse of Horrors in many years this week. It's a fantastic episode with three hilarious segments and a great opening. The best segment for me would have to be the hysterical MMM.. Homer, which featured the best storyline and the best jokes. This year also saw three notable guest appearances by Ben Daniels, Neil Gaiman, and Mario Batali, and all were great. This was just a great episode through and through. And it was stunning visually, as well. This episode of near perfection comes after three solid episodes, and I'm excited for what else the season will bring us.
My Score: 9.5/10
My Grade: A

Sporcle TV Quizzes of the Week- qlh27 Edition/Sporcle Contest Season 2 Part 9

It's time for some more Quizzes of the Week, and this time, I'll be showcasing some of my favorite quizzes that I've made. I'm excited to show off some of my quizzes, and I hope you guys will enjoy them and have some fun. Let the games begin.

1- Funny TV Mothers
Up first is "Funny TV Mothers," a quiz I created as part of a quiz creation challenge. It went on to get published, and I eventually gave it a spinoff about Fathers and a sequel about a year later. I really loved creating this quiz, and I tried mixing old and new shows in this one. I also think the show I chose to close the quiz was very appropriate.

2- TV Shows Named for Families
This quiz is, in my opinion, one of my most under-appreciated quizzes. It features some relatively obscure shows, in addition to some super famous shows. It features some non-traditional families and some families that are creepy and kooky.

3- Click the MSNBC Hosts
I watch MSNBC almost daily, so I'm not sure why it only occurred to me to make this about two months ago. It features many of the MSNBC anchors. I love it because it's actually a Sporcle quiz my MSNBC-obsessed grandmother can play, since she usually complains about any other ones I send her to play.

1- JB, 57 points
2t- Crazy Ex-Nashville Fan, 53 points
2t- Lisa, 53 points
4- Barb, 49 points
5- WCS, 46 points
6- Full Boyle, 38 points
7- The TV Ratings Guy, 29 Points
8- Miguens, 26 points

This is week nine 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.

Please enter your submission using this Google Form:

Tournament Standings:
1 - Crazy Ex-Nashville Fan, 631 points
2 - JB, 608 points
3- Full Boyle, 330 points
4- Miguens, 303 points
5- Lisa, 274 points
6 - Barb, 257 points
7- Game of Thrones PT, 168 points
8- HV, 142 points
9- The TV Ratings Guy, 111 points
10- omabin, 58 points
11- Jovan, 57 points
12- Raph, 56 points
13- 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. Next week is the Halloween-themed finale of the TV Quizzes of the Week, when we'll focus on Horror Shows!

Saturday TV Ratings 10/21/17: ABC's Football Game On Top

Here are the preliminary broadcast ratings for Saturday, October 21, 2017.

18-49 Rating
Total Viewers    (In Millions)
NCAA Football: Michigan v. Penn State (ABC)

NCAA Football: USC v. Notre Dame (NBC)


NCAA Football: Kansas v. TCU (FOX)

48 Hours (CBS)

48 Hours (CBS)
(R) = repeat

ABC's game (2.0) easily demolished the ones on NBC (0.7) and Fox (0.4).

CBS stayed out of the football game and settled for a repeat of NCIS (0.4) and 2 hours of 48 Hours (0.4/0.6).