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ABC Opens Week on a Typically Winning Overnight Note

'Mike & Molly' on CBS and 'Castle' on ABC Conclude

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 7.2 rating/12 share, NBC: 5.3/ 9, CBS: 4.3/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +75, ABC: + 7, Fox: – 8, NBC: -12, CBS: -16

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Ratings Breakdown:
ABC, as usual, opened the week on a winning household overnight note care of an 8.2 rating/13 share in households. Comparably, that was 34 percent above the 6.1/10 for competing “The Voice” on NBC. But “The Voice” should have no trouble leading NBC to victory for the night in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). Both “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” were close to year-ago overnight levels.

In series-finale news, CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” rose to a season-high 5.3/ 8 at 8:30 p.m. (out of a 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m. for the first of the two episodes last night). And ABC’s “Castle,” which almost got picked-up for a ninth season, concluded with a 5.2/ 9 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that bested the competition – “Blindspot” on NBC (#2: 3.6/ 6) and “Person of Interest” on CBS (#3: 3.5/ 6) – by 44 percent and 49 percent, respectively. Don’t be fooled about NBC moving “Blindspot” into the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour next season. Remember what happened to former “The Voice” lead-out “Revolution” when NBC made that same move in the fall of 2013?

In season-finale news was “Jane the Virgin” on The CW at a modest (and typical) 0.7/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Lead-in “Reign” scored a 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m. Assuming The CW keeps sophomore “Supergirl” in the Monday 8 p.m. hour next season, my vote is to move “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” to Friday.

Fox capped off the evening with “Gotham” (#4: 2.7/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which once again will be presented in two half seasons in 2016-17 (and is not the hit Fox would like you to believe) and canceled “Houdini & Doyle” (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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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  1. The only thing that might help Blindspot on Wednesdays is that their DVR numbers are huge. It might help to offset what are sure to be some low live numbers?

    • It is still one of the best new shows of 2015-16, based upon ratings and otherwise, and will be just fine Wed at 8pm.