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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Leads CBS to More Thursday Overnight Victory

Fox's 'Kicking & Screaming' Closes with Minimal Interest

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.3/ 7, ABC: 3.7/ 6, NBC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 1.5/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 7, CBS: -12, ABC: -24, Fox: -25, CW: -33

-Ratings Breakdown:
“The Big Bang Theory” led CBS to another Thursday overnight victory, with a 16 percent advantage over the home of “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC. “Big Bang” topped the night at an 8.0 rating/14 share in the household overnights at 8 p.m., leading into a 4.0/ 7 for waiting-to-be canceled “The Great Indoors” (#2) at 8:30 p.m. Chances are upcoming “Big Bang” prequel “Young Sheldon” will air in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half-hour on CBS next season.

Aforementioned “Grey’s Anatomy,” of course, is a solid draw in the 8 p.m. hour, with a second-place 5.1/ 9. But the results remain limited for competing “MasterChef Junior” on Fox (2.0/ 3), two episodes (repeat and original) of “Superstore” on NBC (8 p.m.: #4: 1.6/ 3; 8:30 p.m.: #3t., 1.9/ 3) and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (#5: 1.0/ 2). The biggest obstacle for NBC next season, once again, is getting anyone to watch its comedies.

In season (or series) finale news, Fox reality/competition “Kicking & Screaming” is unlikely to see a second season at a distant fourth-place 1.1/ 2 from 9-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, the Big 3 were within only two-tenths of each other in the 9 p.m. hour care of CBS sitcoms “Mom” (4.7/ 8) and “Life in Pieces” (3.6/ 6), NBC’s “Chicago Med” (4.0/ 7) and “Scandal” on ABC (4.0/ 6). Also at 9 p.m. was The CW’s “Riverdale” (#5: 0.6/ 1), which owes its second season renewal to the strength of social media.

First at 10 p.m. was NBC’s “The Blacklist” at an uneventful 3.4/ 6, followed by “The Amazing Race” on CBS (2.6/ 5) and likely-to-be axed “The Catch” on ABC (2.2/ 4).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, April 2:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.0/14 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore”: 1.9/ 3 (#3t)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 1.9/ 3 (#3t)
CW – “Supernatural”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
NBC –“Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming” (season or series finale): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
NBC –“Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming” (season or series finale): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.4/ 6 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.3/ 6 (#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 (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. I think Young Shelton will premiere Monday at 830pm when BBT temporarily airs Monday at 8pm due to Thursday Football. Kevin Can Wait will move to 9pm followed by either Superior Donuts or 9J, 9K and 9L (which hopefully will get a name change).

    When BBT moves back to Thursday, Shelton will move to the Monday 8pm slot. Man With a Plan will then return Monday at 8:30pm.

    Personally, I’d like Superior Donuts to follow BBT when BBT moves back to Thursday. Donuts shows promise and should perform better than Great Indoors.

    • Watch for Sheldon to be a massive flop. It’s just the dumbest idea for a show Les Moonves ever greenlit. 🙁