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Anemic Opening Overnights for Fox’s ‘Houdini and Doyle’

ABC Wins Monday Overnights; NBC Poised for Victory in Adults 18-49

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.9 rating/11 share, NBC: 5.5/ 9, CBS: 4.6/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: – 2, ABC and CBS: -12 each, CW: -22, Fox: -27


Ratings Breakdown:
It was overnight Monday business as usual with “Dancing With the Stars” leading ABC to victory in households and “The Voice” expected to lift NBC to dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). “Dancing With the Stars” averaged an 8.3 rating/13 share in households from 8-10 p.m., which was six percent below the 8.8/14 on the year-ago evening. And competing “The Voice” scored a 6.3/10, which was five percent below the 6.6/10 last year. In other words, both are consistent.

Tops at 10 p.m., however, was the season-finale of “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS at a 5.1/ 9, which bested the competition – “Castle” on ABC (#2: 4.2/ 7) and “Blindspot” on NBC (#3: 3.7/ 6) by 21 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Comparably, “Castle,” which is still waiting for an official renewal, slipped by 26 percent from the 5.7/10 on the year-ago week. “Blindspot,” meanwhile, was flat from year-ago time period occupant “The Night Shift.”

Earlier in the evening on CBS were two episodes of soon-to-conclude sitcom “Mike & Molly” (8 p.m.: #3, 4.6/ 7; 8:30 p.m.: #3: 4.7/ 7), which from a ratings standpoint should not be ending. And a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” at 9 p.m. (#3: 4.3/ 7) led into the Monday 9:30 p.m. time period debut of “The Odd Couple” (#3: 3.6/ 6), which is now airing twice per week.

In series premiere news, Fox drama “Houdini and Doyle” was left at the starting gate with a mere 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, this was 31 percent below the season-finale of “Lucifer” one week earlier (2.6/ 4 on April 25). It was 25 percent below the 2.4/ 4 for former time period occupant “The Following” on the year-ago evening. And it dropped from lead-in “Gotham” (2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m.) by 31 percent. Since most new series decline in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, I would not get too used to “Houdini and Doyle.”

The CW capped off the night with its low-rated pairing of “Reign” and “Jane the Virgin,” which each averaged a minute 0.7/ 1 in the household overnights.

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 ( 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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