TV season to date: 'NCIS' No. 1, 'Five-0' not among Top 25

February 18th, 2013
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You’d think, or at least hope, that our homegrown CBS series “Hawaii Five-0” would be among the networks’ Top 25 series.
So here’s a rude awakening: “Five-0” did not make the cut.
Its chief Monday night competitors, ABC’s “Castle” and NBC’s “Revolution” made the list — the latter, despite being off air for a break, with an anticipated return March 25.
Do ratings matter? Of course; it’s a measure of popularity and appeal, a yardstick for advertisers, a report card from the viewers.
When Nielsen, the TV rating service, compiled the numbers from the Sept. 24 launch of the 2013 fall season through Jan. 27, the chart-topper was no surprise: “NCIS,” the Tuesday show featuring an ensemble led by Mark Harmon, is No. 1, with 22.5 million viewers (live plus seven-day DVR data).
Across the TV landscape, the most-viewed shows minimally had 12.4 million weekly viewers. “Five-0,” as the weekly numbers have indicated this year, largely have been under 10 million, with 9.84 million catching last week’s episode. This gave the series the No. 1 spot in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) slot, where ABC’s “Castle” is the top competitor (8.91 million last week). Nonetheless, “Castle” is logged at the No. 15 season-to-now tabulation.
And “Revolution,” the NBC show opposite “Five-0” and “Castle” on Mondays, is returning March 25 after a hiatus (“Deception” has been the fill-in). Even with its absence, “Revolution” was tied for No. 25 on the list.
This is both worrisome and curious and certainly a red flag for the Hawaii procedural. “Name” guest stars have been abundantly numerous, but they have not resulted in an uptick in ratings; many viewers, some reviewers and even fans are finally realizing that one of the key problems is the script — thin, lean, meandering, largely peopled with characters that flitter in and out without relevant impact.
While CBS is expected to renew “Five-0” for a fourth season, to protect and propel the show’s anticipated syndication of the TNT network in the summer of 2014, an announcement of the go-ahead has not happened yet. But CBS already has renewed its top shows, including “NCIS,” along with “The Big-Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
“NCIS” tops Sunday Night Football for the first time, with its viewership up 7 per cent from last year; it is the highest-rated TV drama among adults 25 to 54 (5.9/15), averaging 4.2/12 among adults 18 through 49. Its appeal and acclaim extends to foreign markets, where it is No. 1 in France, Italy, and Sweden, and No. 2 in Spain and Australia.

THE TOP 25 TV SHOWS, FROM
SEASON START TO THE PRESENT

1 — “NCIS,” CBS, 7 p.m. Tuesday ................................22.5 million
2 — “Sunday Night Football,” NBC, 7:31 p.m. Sunday ....21.0
3 — “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7 p.m. Thursday.........20.9
4 — “American Idol,” Fox, 7 p.m. Wednesday..................19.4
5 — “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 8 p.m. Tuesday..............18.6
6 — “American Idol,” Fox, 7 p.m. Thursday....................18.5
7 — “Person of Interest,” CBS, 9:01 p.m. Thursday.........18.0
8 — “Modern Family,” ABC, 8 p.m. Wednesday...............16.6
9 — “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 8:31 p.m. Thursday......15.6
10 — “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 8 p.m. Wednesday.............15.1
(tie) — “The Following,” Fox, 8 p.m. Monday..................15.1
12 — “Elementary,” CBS, 9:01 Thursday........................14.9
13 — “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7 p.m. Monday.....14.8
14 — “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7 p.m. Tuesday....14.2
15 — “The Vice,” NBC, 7 p.m. Monday..........................14.0
16 — “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9 p.m. Friday........................13.8
(tie) — “CSI,” CBS, 9 p.m. Wednesday...........................13.8
18 — “Vegas,” CBS, 9 p.m. Tuesday..............................13.6
19 — “Castle,” ABC, 9 p.m. Monday..............................13.5
20 — “60 Minutes,” CBS, varies, Sunday........................13.4
21 — “The Voice,” NBC, 7 p.m. Tuesday........................13.0
22 — “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 8 p.m. Tuesday................12.9
(tie) — “The Mentalist,” CBS, 9 p.m. Sunday...................12.0
24 — “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 8 p.m. Monday......................12.4
(tie) — “Revolution,” NBC, 9:01 p.m. Monday..................12.4

4 Responses to “TV season to date: 'NCIS' No. 1, 'Five-0' not among Top 25”

  1. fans are too defensive:

    Wayne, you said it all. The truth. Rabid H50 fans will squawk and yell at you and they somehow think that by doing that, it will hide the truth. The truth is in the ratings. H50 should thank its lucky stars to have that TNT deal or it would have been canceled.

    Revolution has been off the air for 4 months yet it makes the top 25. H50 also lucked out that its hiatus makes their numbers look better, but not great. March 25 may change all that.

    So the H50 fans may cry and screech at you but YOU didn't make the ratings. The horrible writing on this show did.


  2. AniMatsuri:

    Seems ratings have been steady for the most part. Unlike American Idol which seems to be losing a million or so viewers each week it's on.


  3. Terry:

    This week, I actually have to agree with you, Wayne. I think that happens once a season.


  4. fans are too defensive:

    Ani, AI has been on a long time. H50 is only on its third season. Besides, you are comparing apples and oranges.
    And look at AI's numbers for ratings. They wipe out H50. In fact, here they wipe out everyone on Wed., Feb. 20. 4.1 demo and 14.37 million viewers at the last tally. There is no comparison.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/02/21/wednesday-final-ratings-the-middle-survivor-guys-with-kids-criminal-minds-law-order-svu-adjusted-down/170285/