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ABC News Special Leads Network to Thursday Overnight Victory

CBS' 'Big Brother' Top-Rated Among the Original Entries

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 3.1/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +55, CW: +50, NBC: +30, Fox: +20, CBS: -62

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC scored a rare Thursday household overnight victory as a result of two-hour ABC News special, “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson,” which scored a 3.3 rating/6 share from 9-11 p.m.

Top-rated for the evening among the original entries was CBS’ “Big Brother” (#1: 3.9/ 7 at 9 p.m.), aka “The Paul Show,” which is down to the expected three houseguests. If Paul faces Christmas in the final two, his scheming and lies might cost him the game. And, if he faces Josh, he will likely win with ease. Another edition of “Big Brother” airs this evening at 8 p.m., with the two-hour season-ender next Wednesday. Note to Allison Grodner: please use the extra half-hour in the finale to also include those early players who did not get to the jury. I am sure Jessica has plenty to say. And note to entire crew on “Big Brother”: it was yet another addictive season!

In season-finale news were Fox game shows “Beat Shazam” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.7/ 3), which were at typical overnight household levels. Also original was CBS drama “Zoo” (#3: 1.6/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which is not expected to see a fourth season, and The CW’s combination of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and the 9 p.m. half-hour portion of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 0.8/ 1).
What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, September 14:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud” (R): 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.4/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Beat Shazam” (season finale): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#1t)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#1t)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Beat Shazam” (season finale): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.9/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Love Connection” (season finale): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.8/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Love Connection (season finale)”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”: 3.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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