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ABC Suffers Noticeable Overnight Slippage on Thursday

'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away with Murder' Down by Double-Digits Year-to-Year


Household Rating/Share

Fox: 5.8 rating/9 share, CBS: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 4.8/ 8, NBC: 3.6/ 6, CW: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:

Fox: +29, CW: +20, NBC: + 6, ABC: -26, CBS: -28



“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Mom” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Going Out in Style:
“American Idol” Fox)

-Still an Improvement:
“Shades of Blue” (NBC)

-Losing Steam:
“Scandal” (ABC), “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

“You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The 100” (CW)

Ratings Breakdown:

Two hours of soon-to-conclude “American Idol” was enough for Fox to win this third February Thursday in the household overnights, with a 5.9 rating/9 share from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was just three percent below the 6.0/10 one week earlier, and that translated into 8.96 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. For a final season of a series 15-years old, consider this a positive.

“The Big Bang Theory” on CBS topped the night, of course, with a 10.2/16 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Congratulations to Bernadette and Howard! And that led into a second-place 5.8/ 9 for freshman “Life in Pieces” at 8:30 p.m., which slipped by a significant 43 percent. Perfectly compatible “Mom,” which tacked a serious issue last night, followed with a 5.6/ 9 (#2) at 9 p.m. For a review of this must see episode, click here for Ed Martin’s (Planet Ed) spot-on review at MediaVillage.

Tired “2 Broke Girls,” which CBS should consider ending at this point, moved into the 9:30 p.m. half-hour with a 4.1/ 6 (#3t), which dropped by 27 percent from “Mom.” And DVR-friendly “Elementary,” which also has enough episodes to conclude at this point, tied “How To Get Away With Murder” on ABC for first in the 10 p.m. hour with a modest 3.9/ 7.

ABC, unfortunately, has slipped significantly on Thursday (which could be the result of taking the TGIT-themed dramas off the air for approximately three months). Although veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” was stable at a second-place 5.8/ 9 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., erosion from the year-ago evening for “Scandal” (#2: 4.9/ 7) and aforementioned “How To Get Away With Murder” (#1t, 3.9/ 7) from 9-11 p.m. was 32 percent and 40 percent, respectively. That is significant.

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Over at NBC, recently introduced “You, Me and the Apocalypse” dropped to a series-low 1.8/ 3 from 8-9 p.m. But “The Blacklist” rose by 128 percent to a 4.1/ 6 at 9 p.m., which has clearly narrowed the gap opposite ABC’s “Scandal.” And already renewed “Shades of Blue” closed the night with a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 57 percent above failed year-ago occupant “Allegiance” (2.3/ 4 on 2/19/15).

The CW closed the night with freshman “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which dropped to a series-low 1.6/ 2 at 8 p.m. And “The 100” followed with a 0.9/ 1 at 9 p.m., which was a loss of 44 percent.

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 ( 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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  1. HTGAWM is the only one I watch. The hiatus was a long one and the story is so convoluted and twisty that during that time I forgot what the heck was going on! It’s been a chore to try to get back into it.

    • Apparently, you are not the only one who feels this way Jenni. And the lengthy absence could result in viewers losing interest. Bad idea.

    • I agree with Jenni on this one. HTGAWM is my #1 “Must See” show of the week, but the long hiatus has me completely confused at this point. I still love the show, but this was the first week I just DVR’d it since the first episode. Like FOX learned with “24” a long hiatus is never good.

    • Agree, but it was confusing and twisty before the hiatus. It started off well, but it quickly became a very hard show to follow. It seems something more than just “flashing back”; the way the storyline(s) is presented does a disservice to viewers. I have 8 eps on my PVR (PVR in Canada), I likely will never watch them all.




    Late-Night Results for Week 21:

    · “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the late-night ratings week of Feb. 8-12, prevailing in every key measure – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers — versus CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

    · For the week, Fallon topped Kimmel in adult 18-49 rating by a +55% margin (with a 0.90 rating vs. a 0.58) and Colbert by a +64% advantage (0.90 vs. 0.55).

    · At 12:35 a.m. ET for the week, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” delivered a +50% margin in 18-49 over CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden” (0.48 vs. 0.32) and a +44% advantage over ABC’s “Nightline” (0.52 vs. 0.36 in their 12:30-1 a.m. head-to-head half-hour).

    · Versus the same week last year, Meyers retained 100% in 18-49 rating (0.48 vs. 0.48) and grew in total viewers (1.581 million vs. 1.569 million).

    · At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated gains versus the year-ago week of +12% in 18-49 (0.29 vs. 0.26) and +14% in total viewers (919,000 vs. 804,000).

    · Season to date, Fallon and Meyers have outdelivered their ABC and CBS time-period competition for 21 of 21 weeks in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

    WEEK 21

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

    Tonight *…0.90/5…3.411 million

    Late Sh *…0.55/3…2.713 million

    Kimmel *…0.58/3…2.425 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.

    Nightline…0.36/2…1.543 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.

    Seth Meyers *…0.48/3…1.581 million

    Late Late Show *…0.32/2…1.371 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

    Carson Daly *…0.29/3…0.919 million

    * All Friday telecasts except “Nightline” were encores.


    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

    Tonight…1.08/5…3.852 million

    Late Sh…0.70/4…2.977 million

    Kimmel…0.57/3…2.442 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.

    Nightline…0.38/2…1.574 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.

    Seth Meyers…0.50/3…1.643 million

    Late Late Show…0.33/2…1.260 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

    Carson Daly…0.30/2…0.914 million

    Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

  3. Still disagree on the 2 Broke Girls, while its a little stale, I still enjoy seeing what Max and Caroline are up to. Just a “low involvement, feel good” comedy, which I find far more entertaining than the overrated Big Bang Theory.

  4. HTGAWM is really on the chopping block on shows I am considering dropping. All the back and forth and imaginary babies and chopped up storylines gives me a headache..