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Sometimes, Dead is Better. What Would Desperate Housewives Be If it Returned for a 14th Season This Month?


Written Grateful The Housewives Moved On by Bridger Bunningham

The ominous title of this article pays tribute to a wrought but true statement made by Fred Gywnne in 1989's Pet Sematary regarding leaving beings who have passed at rest.  Desperate Housewives, like so many beloved shows in TV History, passed in 2012.  Mourners still binge wherever the show is on display, and wishful speculation of a reboot never ceases to rest 5 years later.  But which is more tragic?  Letting go of the ones we love all too soon, or watching them overstay their welcome and decay into an unrecognizable form?  In the case of Desperate Housewives, its ratings would have grown uglier by the season had it never been cancelled.  Had Desperate Housewives remained on the air, it is speculated this is what the show would have become.

The Show Would Still Air On Sundays at 9:00

Back in 2011-12 during the 8th season, ratings deteriorated rapidly.  Up and coming Once Upon a Time carried the evening at 8:00, followed by Desperate Housewives withering on the vine, dipping as low as mid-2's in demographics in live viewing.  The 10:00 hour tanked with period piece Pan Am and GCB both failing to pick up a second season.  Had DH stayed on the air, ABC would have focused on the 10:00 timeslot.  Vanessa Williams would have never left the series for 666 Park Avenue, so ABC would have elected to move up and coming Revenge to 10:00 and hand its timeslot over to Nashville at the start of 2012.  Ratings would have continued in the same downward trajectory, and the network would have little choice but to keep both shows intact for the 2013-14 season.  Live viewing would be down, but delayed viewing would have justified DH's position.  Revenge would have continued to erode, and ABC, out of desperation, would move Revenge to the cursed Tuesday 10:00 timeslot to make way for surprise hit Resurrection.

DH's 11th season would receive a bump in ratings due to OUAT's Frozen arc, and the cycle would continue.  After Resurrection tanks, Revenge moves back to Sunday at 10:00 to die.  Failed sitcoms Selfie and Manhattan Love Story may have never happened, as Marvel's Agents of Shield would have been housed Tuesdays at 8:00.  Forever and Revenge would air in the remainder of the evening, and Revenge would move once Resurrection declines.  AOS moves to 9:00, and the 8:00 hour is opened for sitcom helpings.

2015-16 would see both OUAT and DH declining, and a rotation of failed shows such as Blood and Oil hemorrhage in the 10:00 slot.  DH's ratings would grow into a shell of their former self with live ratings in the low 1's, but ABC has no option but to hang onto DH due to a lack of options.  The 13th season in 2016-17 would be ghastly with DH going sub-1's, and perhaps ABC may see a move fit as they retool Sunday nights for reality TV.

Ratings Would Continue Downward

Given Ratings trends for the last half of the series's ratings from 2008-12, the show began massive hemorrhages after the series did a 5-year time jump.  Check out the series' actual ratings with the green seasons, and projected seasons in red.  This red data shall be known as "Zombie Housewives" as the show lived on long after its appropriate ending.  It fell out of the coveted top 10 in season 7, and season 8 saw numbers lost their top-20 membership.  Zombie Housewives would have likely dropped to a 3.1 L+7 rating and stayed in the Top 30, then dropped to 54th Place by the 10th season with a 2.8.  A brief reprieve in season 10 due to OUAT Frozen's success, then dropped yet again in early 2015 pushing the show back into the Top 30.  Downward drops from ABC's 2016 downturn would initiate another dramatic plunge for Season 12 falling below the 2.0 mark, and continued erosion in Season 13 would see the show fall as low as 78th Place.  Drops would have continued in the upcoming season as this zombie's shell deteriorated.

Multiple Cast Changes Would Avalanche

Image result for desperate housewives - susan riotTeri Hatcher declared she was pleased the series ended in the 8th season, as she would have likely stayed no longer than the 9th season.  Given Marc Cherry never cared for the character Susan Delfino and did not know what to do with her, she would have likely perished in one of the season's trite mid-season disasters or season finales.  James Denton may have continued for some time as there was nary a shortage of single ladies on screen.  Felicity Huffman has demonstrated she is devoted to the art of acting and would have likely exited sometime during Season 10 or 11.  After ABC unceremoniously axed Dana Delany's Body of Proof, they hand her an offer she cannot refuse as she fills the void of the 4th housewife.  Vanessa Williams would have likely left sometime during this era as there was only so far Renee could go, and a slew of forgettable characters would have populated continually less-engaging mysteries.

Drastic deaths would claim beloved characters, likely Danielle Van De Camp or one of Lynette's twins, Porter or Preston.  As Zombie Housewives kicks off, the tone changes to a college soap with Porter, Preston, Parker and whatever character the writers could scrape up or age.  The younger rash of children born in the series, MJ, Evan, Benjamin, Juanita and Celia, would have all taken the center stage by Season 13 like newly aged teens on a soap.  As ratings decline, ABC makes a maneuver to "reinvent" the tired show, axing nearly everyone over 40.  Out would be Doug Savant's Tom Scavo, Delaney, Ricardo Chavira's Tom and Eva Longoria's Gabrielle.  Marcia Cross would be left as the tentpole in the series, and a younger rash of forgettable "housewives" would populate the block.  Of course, the younger cast seasoned fans loathed would remain so the network could attract new viewers.

The Show Would Have Morphed Into a Watered Down Melrose Place

Had the series continued, Tom and Lynette were destined to divorce.  This would open both up to date, and Carlos and Gabi's second marriage would also implode.  Tom would briefly dally with Renee then break up.  After Gabi comes onto the market, he would have been paired sometime during the 10th or 11th season as Tom and Gabi always had a common bond.  Lynette and Carlos' power struggle would have turned into a lackluster pairing, and after they break apart, Carlos takes his revenge by marrying her hated (and newly aged) stepdaughter, Kayla.  Pepper in loathed and unlikable teens, and the drama magnifies.  Mike and Katherine marry, and Bree and Renee continue to spar over men.

More unlikable, the characters frequently slip in and out of their addictions.  Bree has two more alcohol benders, Mike dabbles in drugs yet again, Carlos takes another bender, and viewers endure at least one addiction story a season on Zombie Housewives.  The characters we love would come apart at the seams with plot-driven tales moving against defined character traits.  Bree would be the latest loose cougar on the block and would have likely rallied against Donald Trump.  Gabi would suddenly be business savvy, and Lynette would have morphed into a spineless mess.  Sound appetizing?

Better Off Dead

Desperate Housewives ended on a bittersweet note as our beloved neighbors moved away and ended their dynamic bond.  Creator Marc Cherry deliberately ended the show in this manner as he wished never to see a revival series or movie dilute the magic which captivated us in the 2000's.  The writing grew tattered as seasons progressed and would have disintegrated further as seasons stacked up.  The actors began to tire of their respective roles which came full circle, and all wanted to move on.  Marc Cherry did fans a favor by ending the series before it morphed into something viewers no longer recognized.  Let's count our blessings DH didn't overstay its welcome similar to never-ending and continually declining franchises like The Simpsons and South Park.

For Your Binge Consideration: American Housewife

This is the eighth article in a series of articles that a few of us will be writing. This is the For Your Binge Consideration series. Each article will talk about a show that will be returning for its second season in the 2017-18 season, and why you might want to watch the first season before the second season premieres. We continue with American Housewife. To read my take on some individual episodes of the show, you can click on the show's name in teal above.


When American Housewife was first announced, it wasn't something I was really that excited for. It sounded like something I'd like to try out, but it wasn't one of my most anticipated pilots. Then, Katy Mixon, who I'd previously known from Mike & Molly, joined the cast. That really put it on my radar. I still wasn't sure if it was something I'd end up loving, and the trailer didn't help that. However, from the start of the pilot, I just had a good feeling about the show.

The series stars Mixon as, well, an American Housewife, living in an upscale Connecticut town. Mixon's character Katie isn't a big fan of some of the town's traditions, and she totally owns the role of a sassy mom. Katie doesn't always go about things the right way, which traditionally causes some cringey (but always funny) moments. Mixon gives her best performance to date as Katie, and she does a great job leading this show. She stands out, even among a cast of eccentric characters such as these. Mixon's Katie was truly one of the funniest women on all of broadcast during the 2016-17 season, and I'm sure that will continue in 2017-18.


The cast portraying Katie's family is also very strong, with Diedrich
Bader having a great performance as Katie's lovable and well-meaning husband Greg. While Bader rarely has a leading performance in the show, he shines when he does. Time for Love, which focuses on Greg doing something special for Katie on Valentine's Day, is one of the series best episodes. Julia Butters delivers a breakout performance in the series as Katie and Greg's youngest daughter Anna-Kat. Butters always lights up the screen when she's on it, frequently delivering some of the best line while also being straight-up adorable. Katie's other children, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) and Taylor (Meg Donnelly) are also great, though they often play more serious roles than the others, meaning they don't get to show their goofy side quite as often. Either way, they're great and this family is one of TV's funniest.

Even outside of the family, the show has a great cast. Kate Flannery has a great recurring role as Crossing Guard Sandy, and a Sandy episode is always guaranteed to be good. Flannery brings something special to the role, and this role is reminiscent of her character for the Office, Meredith. Ali Wong is also great as Katie's sassy (and crazy) friend Doris, while Carly Hughes is also very good in the role of the more reasonable Angela.

This really is a great show for anyone who likes family comedies, particularly those found on ABC. Fans of The Goldbergs, The Middle, or Modern Family should certainly try it out, as it's a good fit tonally with those. However, this isn't just a show for family comedy lovers like myself. It's a great watch for anyone who likes a good laugh.


While I love all of the episodes and think you should watch them all if you can, you absolutely must watch the Pilot, Time for Love (episode 11), The Nap (episode 2), and The Club (episode 21). They're all great watches, and in the case of the Pilot, they're important for setting up the show and getting some background on the characters. The show is great, and I think anyone reading this should try it out. You've got nothing to lose, just to gain.

Still not convinced? Check out the trailer for the series below:


Will you be tuning into American Housewife? Or have you already watched its first season? Let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to tune into American Housewife, Wednesdays at 9:30 starting on September 27th.

Wednesday Cable Ratings, 8/30/17: Younger Ticks Way Up to Series High, The Sinner Finally Ticks Down, New 'Lowe' for Lowe Files

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Wedensday 8/30/17. Items of note include Younger on TV Land, the 100th episode of Suits and The Sinner on USA, and Snowfall on FX.
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
Black Ink Crew ChicagoVH10.561.07
The Real Housewives of NYCBravo0.541.47
The SinnerUSA0.521.84
SnowfallFX0.440.91
Homicide HunterInvest. Discovery0.421.72
SignedVH10.390.77
SuitsUSA0.391.51
ShatteredInvest. Discovery0.391.43
Garage RehabDiscovery0.381.18
CatfishMTV0.370.69
Misfit GarageDiscovery0.331.06
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.333.18
GreenleafOWN0.331.36
Worst Cooks in AmericaFood0.331.21
Cuomo PrimetimeCNN0.331.44
House HuntersHGTV0.331.68
Property Brothers Buy and SellHGTV0.331.81
The FiveFox News0.322.63
House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.321.54
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.311.00
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.311.38
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.292.82
HannityFox News0.292.67
YoungerTV Land0.280.83
Little Women LA:Couples RetreatLifetime0.280.93
Off the chart, I'm Sorry was steady at 0.14. The Lowe Files plunged to a new low 0.1. MSNBC's Morning Joe was down to 0.12, while Velshi & Ruhle (but not really the Ruhle part) was steady at 0.1. Blood Drive was up to 0.12. Odd Mom Out was down to 0.16.

TV Ratings 8/30/17: Vixen Anemic, 20/20 Solid, MasterChef Very Strong (UPDATED)


Finals Update: America's Got Talent (-0.1), a repeat of Speechless (-0.1), both episodes of Marlon (-0.1 each), a repeat of American Housewife (-0.1), and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (-0.1) adjusted down.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMAmerica's Got Talent1.9/911.07NBC

Big Brother1.8/86.18CBS

MasterChef1.2/53.68Fox

The Goldbergs (R)0.6/33.05ABC

Vixen: The Movie0.2/10.69The CW
8:30 PMSpeechless (R)0.5/32.43ABC
9 PMMarlon1.1/55.12NBC

Modern Family (R)0.7/32.83ABC

Salvation0.5/23.48CBS
9:30 PMMarlon0.9/43.84NBC

American Housewife (R)0.6/32.59ABC
10 PM20/200.7/33.62ABC

Law & Order: SVU (R)0.5/22.76NBC

Criminal Minds (R)0.4/22.92CBS

Younger - Season 4 Ratings

Work on the TVRG Cable Database continues, but it's time for a new sneak peak. Today, you can find the ratings for the fourth season of Younger. Stay tuned each day this week for another sneak peak, leading up to the debut of the Cable Database next Tuesday!

TVRG Historic Ratings Editorial -- Take a Tour of Past Season Ratings (And What Is to Come)


Written Educating Folks on the History of TV by Bridger Cunningham

Welcome folks, as I take a departure from tone and address you directly.  It has been a long, blistering summer in my Phoenix home, and my project of bringing historic ratings to you the viewers is nearing the tail-end.  It all started at the close of Week 37 in my Sitcom Scorecard feature, and I had no data to report to you as the season concluded.  I pondered ways to bring you a weekly article with little to discuss besides reruns we all digested this season.  I cared about as much as viewers did seeing performance on reruns.  I pondered doing pieces on existing shows' casts, but then I stuck to my stubborn conviction that this is primarily a ratings site, not an entertainment and lifestyle outlet like Deadline or Variety.

Then, I decided to surprise folks by reporting data from the 1989-90 season featuring the sitcoms.  The results were encouraging, and the vision for bringing data from seasons past formed.  Viewer feedback was positive, so I continued on and decided to do another more random piece on the 1992-93 and 1995-96 seasons.  Both were influential shifts in taste and preference and gave you a view of what went on in the sitcom world, shifting from Cosby, to Roseanne to Seinfeld.

So How Did We Wind Up With All Of This Data?

I wanted to next profile the 1982-83 season as it was Cheers made an underwhelming debut that season, and the only data posted was a generic top-30 post. Ratings data pre-90's was elusive as anything before 1984 never disclosed a complete list of show rankings, so I posted the 1984-85 sitcom scorecard as it featured the debut of The Cosby Show and a turnaround for the embattled NBC network.  Then poster Tommie requested I do a full display of the entire season including sitcoms as he is a soap affectionado and wanted to see how 80's primetime soaps stacked in the lineup.  The results were just as encouraging as a new set of reader expressed interest.  So my early summer arc expanded to a full-fledged project, and an opportunity to give you the viewers ratings to anticipate throughout the week.

My 80's expansion picked up traction, and poster Nicholas expressed interest in the 1990's.  I had already stacked up cards from 1984-88, and I needed a change of pace after burning out my writing fuse.  So then came 1998-2001 in Sitcom Scorecards and Ratings History developed two chains as I jumped creative directions.  Historic ratings data was not easy to locate.  Some sites had it laying in plain site, then others I had to scrape the net for hours just to locate that elusive season.  So I began profiling pre-1984 seasons with "Top 30" posts and have added opening titles for most shows in the comments section.  These ratings will carry back to 1950 and currently date back to 1970.  Poster Gena enjoyed one article's serendipitous display of classic opening title sequences for TV shows, and now this will be a piece delivered exclusively to the Top 30 History cards.

Crafting a Comprehensive Library

After compiling so much history, I lobbied our site founder to create a library for the historic ratings.


His solution was compiling these in our site's "Ratings Database" pulldown.  When viewers rest their cursor on "Ratings Database", they have the option to either check out sitcoms or overall history. Once you click on either category, you get a comprehensive list, sorted by year and article:



I continued my trek to deliver you historic ratings until the first blocks formed.  A special thank you is in store for site founder TheRatingsJunkie as he has graciously endured my requests for continual updates and completes them as available.  Top 30 and Ratings History have been lumped together under "Ratings History".

Articles Completed by TVRG:

Ratings History:

1970-89      1990-92     1993-95    1997-2001

Sitcom Scorecards:

1984-2001

TV Ratings Guide is working fast to compile comprehensive data, yet has the following posted in the main article access areas and will be joining the library soon:

Sitcom Scorecards:

2001-02 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2001-02-sitcom-scorecard-nbc-and-cbs.html
2002-03 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2002-03-sitcom-scorecard-reality-tv.html
2003-04 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2003-04-sitcom-scorecard-new-lows-for.html
2004-05 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2004-05-sitcom-scorecard-year-of-tv.html
2005-06 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2005-06-sitcom-scorecard-hills-run-red.html
2006-07 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2006-07-sitcom-scorecard-sitcoms-become.html
2007-08 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2007-08-sitcom-scorecard-office-merges.html
2011-12 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2011-12-sitcom-scorecard-2-broke-girls.html
2012-13 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2012-13-sitcom-scorecard-nerds-rule-and.html
2013-14 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2013-14-sitcom-scorecard-brooklyn-99.html
2014-15 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2014-15-sitcom-scorecard-goldbergs-and.html
2015-16 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2015-16-sitcom-scorecard-are-these-last.html
2016-17 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2016-17-sitcom-scorecard-sitcoms-are.html

Ratings History:

1970-71 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1970-71-top-30-rural-purge-shoots.html
1971-72 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1971-72-ratings-fallout-of-rural-purge.html
1972-73 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1972-73-top-30-unwarranted-religious.html
1973-74 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1973-74-top-30-abc-wrangles-10-entries.html
1974-75 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1974-75-top-30-gunsmoke-ends-20-year.html
1995-96 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1995-96-ratings-history-nbc-reclaims.html
1996-97 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1996-97-ratings-history-no-changes-in.html
2001-02 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2001-02-ratings-history-reality-tv.html
2002-03 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2002-03-scorecard-power-struggles-rope.html
2003-04 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2003-04-ratings-history-new-records-as.html
2004-05 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2012-13-sitcom-scorecard-nerds-rule-and.html
2005-06 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2005-06-ratings-history-upn-and-wb-take.html
2014-15 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2014-15-ratings-history-abc-experiences.html
2015-16 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2015-16-ratings-history-abcs-brief.html
2016-17 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2016-17-ratings-history-nbc-makes.html

Soap History: (New Feature, Pulldown in Ratings Database Coming Soon)

2006-07 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2006-07-soap-ratings-one-more-soap-ends.html
2007-08 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2007-08-soap-ratings-wga-strike-and.html
2008-09 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2008-09-soap-ratings-power-outage.html
2009-10 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2009-10-mercury-in-retrograde-leaves-as.html
2010-11 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2010-11-soap-ratings-end-of-era-all-all.html
2011-12 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2011-12-soap-ratings-one-life-to-live.html
2012-13 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2012-13-new-york-purge-cools-most.html
2013-14 - http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2013-14-soap-ratings-gh-ticks-up-y.html

To summarize, TVRG now houses 75 vintage ratings cards, with another 90-92 coming.  We have 1984-2008 and 2011-17 Sitcom Scorecards (30 Articles), 1970-89, 1990-92, 1993-2006 and 2014-17 Ratings History (37 Articles) and 2006-14 Soap History (8 cards).

How Do I Create These Articles?

Each Sitcom Scorecard takes approximately 6 hours to compose as I must locate the data, type/compose in my color grid, calculate the averages and dissect the sitcom data first before composing my articles.  Ratings History requires less time as the data is composed; each article takes 60-90 minutes to compose.  Top 30 entries take 45-60 minutes to compose, as I also populate historic TV opening title sequences in the comments sections.  And Soaps take 20-30 minutes.  Here are the steps to craft each set of articles by year:

Sitcom Scorecards (Approximately 6 Hours):

This process is inclusive of the Sitcom Scorecard and Ratings History:

1. Research the internet for comprehensive ratings data.
2. Verify data before composing my list.
3. Type/compose my charts, rank by rank.
4. Profile proper networks, genres and seasons by color.  ABC = green, CBS = red, FOX = yellow, NBC = Blue, UPN = orange, WB = purple, CW = magenta and DuMont = brown.
5. Profile the season's closing status: Renewed, Cancelled, Special (sports, movies, etc), Unknown (no determination made).
6. Break Down Ranges, often by Top 10, Top 20, Top 30, Top 40, Top 50, Top 100 (where applicable), Anemic or other classifications (FOX)
7. After the list is composed, network averages are calculated.

Once this list is composed, data is extracted for the sitcoms:

8. Extract only sitcoms for a comprehensive list.
9. Break down by list, generally with ranks 1st-50th Place in "Leading the Pack", ranks 51st-100th in "The Middle of the Pack" and remaining ranks in variously titled classifications.
10. Calculate averages.
11. Write the template to post, often with a time appropriate avatar, my signature crafted byline, two portions for analysis and a source.
12. Enter the source of my data.
13. Enter the colored charts.
14. Compose the articles.
15. If creatively appropriate, insert extra visuals.
16. Proofread the article, then post for your pleasure.

Ratings History (Approximately 60-90 Minutes)

1. Write the template to post, often with a standard red/yellow/green traffic light avatar, my signature crafted byline, two portions for analysis, trends and a source.
2. Enter the source of my data.
3. Enter the colored charts.
4. Compose the articles.
5. If creatively appropriate, insert extra visuals.
6. Proofread the article, then post for your pleasure.

Top 30 History (Approximately 45-60 Minutes)

1. Research the internet for comprehensive ratings data.
2. Verify data before composing my list.
3. Type/compose my charts, rank by rank.
4. Profile proper networks, genres and seasons by color.  ABC = green, CBS = red, FOX = yellow, NBC = Blue, UPN = orange, WB = purple, CW = magenta and DuMont = brown.
5. Profile the season's closing status: Renewed, Cancelled, Special (sports, movies, etc), Unknown (no determination made).
6. Write the template to post with a standard red/yellow/green traffic light avatar, my signature crafted byline, analysis and a source.
7. Enter the source of my data.
8. Enter the colored charts.
9. Compose the articles.
10. If creatively appropriate, insert extra visuals.
11. Proofread the article, then post for your pleasure.
12. Locate available opening title clips in the comments section.

Soap History (Approximately 20-30 Minutes)

1. Research the internet for comprehensive ratings data.
2. Verify data before composing my list.
3. Type/compose my charts, rank by rank.
4. Profile proper networks and seasons by color.  ABC = green, CBS = red, NBC = Blue.
5. Profile the season's closing status: Renewed, Cancelled, Special (sports, movies, etc), Unknown (no determination made).
6. Locate the schedule for the soaps in the respective season.
7. Write the template to post with a year-appropriate avatar, my signature crafted byline, analysis, schedule and a source.
7. Enter the source of my data.
8. Enter the colored charts.
9. Enter the schedule.
10. Compose the articles.
11. If creatively appropriate, insert extra visuals.
12. Proofread the article, then post for your pleasure.

So What Is To Come?

I have set a tentative goal over this long weekend to finish 2009-11 Sitcom Scorecards.  Data for 2008-09 is difficult at best to locate and I have retired my effort to research after hours of effort.   The month of September has the following priorities to be written for you:

1. Complete the 2009-11 Sitcom Scorecards (Tentative Goal: September 4, 2017)
2. Complete the 2006-08 and 2009-14 Ratings History Cards (Tentative Goal: September 10, 2017)
3. Complete the 1950-70 Top 30 History Cards (Tentative Goal: September 24, 2017)
4. Compose the 1950-2006 and 2014-17 Soap History Cards (Ongoing Effort)
5. Profile Newfound Data (Ongoing Effort)

Starting September 13, I will attempt to profile weekly NFL Scorecards as ratings become available, launched with a Historic Superbowl Scorecard profiling 1967-2017 games on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  This will siphon my efforts to report on ratings history, albeit priorities 1-3 should be complete by premiere week on September 25, 2017.  After priorities 1-3 are completed, I will revert efforts to profiling my in-season weekly Sitcom Scorecard, NFL Scorecard and a potential Drama Scorecard as the 2017-18 season flows underway.

I will continue profiling the rich history of soaps.  However, website traffic indicates this is a niche genre with less interest, albeit the data is readily available and will be profiled.  Future Soap History articles will be syndicated directly to the Ratings Database instead of displayed in the main traffic area.  As I compose more material, I will post weekly updates featuring announcements of added entries.

Future considerations for Historic Ratings include sports and other data as it becomes available.  Next Summer (or during available times this season), yearly schedules are considered as historic entry.  TVRG continues to deliver upfront ratings data and special interest pieces, and I hope for those of you who have joined me on my vintage ratings scavenger hunt this summer enjoyed the reports.  Just because Summer has little in current ratings to report doesn't mean our readers have to go without ratings reports.  Join me as I continue my efforts to bring a great dose of history to our site.

-- Bridger Cunningham, Sitcom and History Buff

Summer Renew/Cancel, Week 15: NBC's Newbie Shows All Look Healthy

It's Week 15 of the Summer Renew/Cancel, and today I'll be examining NBC's shows, and I'll be re-categorizing one of them. Stay tuned to find out which one that is, plus my analysis on the other newbies.

Certain to be Canceled:
Somewhere Between (0.4)
Zoo (0.5)
Salvation (0.5)

Likely to be Canceled:
N/A

Leans Cancellation:
The Night Shift (0.7)

Leans Renewal:
Midnight, Texas (0.8)
Marlon (1.1)

Likely to be Renewed:
N/A

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

Fate Determined:
Still Star-Crossed (0.3, 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:
N/A

Midnight, Texas: While Midnight had a really rough drop to 0.6 when airing in some really crappy circumstances, the show had a really nice rebound to 0.9 in its most recent outing. That's the same number it premiered to earlier this Summer, and it's really impressive that it was able to recover by THAT much. That's not something we see frequently, so this is a good sign for M,T. It still LEANS RENEWAL, but the future looks brighter for it after this week.

SNL Weekend Update Thursday: With an uptick to 1.3 for its finale, Weekend Update had an impressive Summer run. Its 1.23 average is even more impressive when considering that it was preempted in many parts of the country. With the numbers it received, and the fact that it's an SNL spinoff (meaning the network probably cares about it more than the average Summer show), it's not really a matter of if it'll be back. It's when. It's the very first CERTAIN RENEWAL of the Summer.

Marlon: While this show doesn't have great retention, it's actually pretty steady in half-hours. This means that the show has a relatively dedicated audience, or at the very least, people are interested enough to stay tuned. It was also relatively steady in its second week. I think these are good signs for the show, so as of now, it LEANS RENEWAL

Even though everything has premiered for the summer, I'll be back again next week for another edition of the Renew/Cancel,  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, 8/29/17: Animal Kingdom Higher for Finale, The Bold Type Has a Nice Uptick

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 8/29/17. Items of note include the Animal Kingdom finale on TNT, Freeform's The Bold Type, and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
WWE SmackdownUSA0.762.46
The Haves and the Have NotsOWN0.722.64
Forged in FireHistory0.621.53
Deadliest CatchDiscovery0.551.89
Ink MasterSpike0.541.11
The ChallengeMTV0.480.81
Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathA&E0.441.30
Animal KingdomTNT0.431.41
American RipperHistory0.411.22
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.393.02
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.351.57
ShooterUSA0.351.30
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.343.04
The Murder of Laci PetersonA&E0.330.99
Being Mary JaneBET0.330.77
Good BonesHGTV0.321.47
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.311.06
HannityFox News0.312.81
The StoryFox News0.32.54
Special Report with Bret BaierFox News0.32.66
Cuomo PrimetimeCNN0.292.29
Black LoveOWN0.291.18
The Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC0.292.59
CNN TonightCNN0.281.27
Dance MomsLifetime0.280.76
Off the chart, Manhunt: Unabomber was steady. Freeform has a good(-ish) night, with The Fosters up to 0.24 and The Bold Type up to 0.17. On MSNBC, Morning Joe was down to 0.13 while Velshi & Ruhle was up to 0.11, though Ruhle is still off. Adam Ruins Everything ticked down to 0.16.