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‘Angel From Hell’ and ‘Shades of Blue’ Lose Steam in Week Two

'American Idol' Leads Fox to Overnight Victory

THURSDAY 1/14/16

Fox: 6.1 rating/10 share, CBS: 5.7/ 9, NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +64, CBS: – 2, ABC and Fox: -14 each, CW: -43


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“American Idol” Fox)

“Beyond the Tank” (ABC), “Heroes Reborn” (NBC), “The World Dog Awards” (CW), “My Diet is Better Than Yours” (ABC)


Ratings Analysis
“The Big Bang Theory” on CBS topped the night in the household overnights as always, with a 10.2 rating/16 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But it was not enough to lift the Eye net to victory for the evening, which trailed “American Idol” on Fox (6.1/10 from 8-10 p.m.) by four-tenths of a rating point. One year earlier, two hours of “Idol” scored a 7.1/11 on the night.

Airing out of “The Big Bang Theory” was freshman “Life in Pieces” at a second-place 5.9/ 9 at 8:30 p.m., which dropped by a typical 42 percent. While ratings for “Life in Pieces” on paper certainly looks respectable, erosion of this magnitude is just too severe.

Next on CBS was “Mom” at a respectable 5.4/ 8 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, followed by week two of Jane Lynch sitcom “Angel From Hell” at a 4.6/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. (#3). Comparably, “Angel From Hell” dipped by 13 percent from its week-ago series-opener (5.3/ 8 on Jan. 7), which is very typical. And it held 85 percent of the “Mom” lead-in, which does mean it is compatible. In other words, it could be better but it also could be worse.

“Elementary” capped off the night for CBS with a second-place 3.9/ 7 in the 10 p.m. hour, which trailed week two of competing “Shades of Blue” on NBC (#1: 4.7/ 8) by 17 percent. Comparably, “Shades of Blue” dropped by 22 percent from its week-ago series-opener (6.0/10), which translated into 8.55 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was canceled “Heroes Reborn” at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4 in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by “The Blacklist” at a 5.1/ 8 at 9 p.m. Comparably, “The Blacklist” built from the 8:30 p.m. of “Heroes Reborn” (2.4/ 4) by a hefty 112 percent.

Elsewhere, “Beyond the Tank” could not compete on ABC at 8 p.m., with a 2.9/ 5. And it led into week two of “My Diet is Better Than Yours” at a minuscule 1.4/ 2 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. And The CW populated the night with two-hour special “The World Dog Awards” at a 0.8/ 1.

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. Not horrible second-week drops for Angel and Shades (especially for Angel, obviously), although will be interesting to see if that is where the bleeding stops.

      • Losing 50% of one of the last good lead-ins. I count that as another unforced error for CBS…

        Shades of Blue has no decent competition but clearly NBC also doesn’t want to own the once fruitful Thursday 10pm slot.

  2. I think the issue of life in pieces erosion comes from two different audiences tuning in. Unlike most, I just do not enjoy The Big Bang Theory. However, Life in Pieces is my favorite new comedy of the season. It’s actually appointment TV, even with the time period switch.