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ABC Leads Monday; NBC to Net to Beat in the Key Demos

Three Sitcoms Conclude for the Season on CBS

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 3.9/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +67, Fox: + 5, CBS: – 7, NBC: – 9, ABC: -22

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Ratings Breakdown:

It was the typical overnight scenario on Monday, with “Dancing with the Stars” leading ABC to household victory and “The Voice” lifting NBC to guaranteed dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). “Dancing with the Stars” scored a 7.1 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which led the evening but was 12 percent below the 8.1/13 on the year-ago night. And competing “The Voice” was closer to year-ago overnight levels with a 5.9/10.

Despite the lead-in support, “Scorpion” on CBS remains the show to beat at 10 p.m. with a 4.9/ 9. Next was an installment of NBC game show “The Wall” at a 3.1/ 5, followed by ABC’s deteriorating “Quantico” at a 1.9/ 3. “Quantico,” unfortunately, was never the same after foolish ABC put it on a three month hiatus last season.

On CBS, sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” concluded its first season at a third-place 3.9/ 7 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. For fans of “The King of Queens” like myself, “Kevin Can Wait” was a welcome arrival this season. And this led into a 3.5/ 6 in the household overnights for compatible “Man with a Plan” at 8:30 p.m. (#2), which concludes its first season next week.

Next on CBS was the season finale of “Superior Donuts” at a 3.3/ 5 in the 9 p.m. half-hour (#3), which in season one felt like “Cheers” set in a donut shop. And that led into what was likely the series finale of “The Great Indoors,” which scored a not-so-great 2.7/ 4 (#3) at 9:30 p.m. Given the steep erosion for “The Great Indoors” out of “The Big Bang Theory,” there is no reason to expect a second season.

Elsewhere, “Supergirl” on The CW was on the overnight map with a 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m., but lead-out “Jane the Virgin” slipped to a 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m. And Fox was out of the competitive loop with its pairing of “Gotham” (#4: 2.1/ 3) and recent returnee “Lucifer” (#4: 2.3/ 4).

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, May 8, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.0/12 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (season finale): 3.9/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/10 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.2/12 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/10 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.2/12 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts” (season finale): 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.0/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.2/11 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors” (season or series finale): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall: 3.1/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.9/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall: 3.0/ 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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    • Shows don’t get ratings based on how good the episode of the week was. They get ratings based on how good all previous episodes were…

      And maybe a bit if they manage to make a good trailer. 😉