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CBS Tops Thursday; Solid Overnights for the ABC News Menendez Brothers Special

Fox Deteriorates Without 'American Idol'

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017

Note: Baltimore, Orlando, Greensboro, New Orleans, Birmingham, Salt Lake City and Sacramento are excluded from the following averages:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 3.3/ 5, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Perfect Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: +100, CS: +50, CBS: -11, NBC: -28, Fox: -63

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this first Thursday in 2017 with its combination of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 10.5 rating/17 share), time period dependent “The Great Indoors” (#1: 5/.6/ 9), “Mom” (#2: 4.9/ 8), “Life in Pieces” (#3: 4.3/ 7) and canceled drama “Pure Genius” (#2t, 3.4/ 6). I would not be too surprised if Bradley Whitford and Nicole Sullivan snag Emmy nominations for their guest spots on “Mom” last night, but “The Big Bang Theory” sunk to a create low as far as I am concerned. The bigger story, however, is Fox, which without “American Idol” is paying the price.

Two episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox averaged a modest 2.5/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which comparably was 63 percent below two hours of “American Idol” on the year-ago evening. Even a deteriorating “American Idol” was far greater than what Fox has at the moment.

On ABC, two-hour ABC News special, “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders” was on the map with a 5.2/ 9 from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, that built from lead-in “The Great American Baking Show” (#2: 3.6/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) by 53 percent.

Elsewhere, the return of NBC’s Thursday night line-up – “Superstore” (#3: 2.8/ 5), “The Good Place” (#4: 2.4/ 4), “Chicago Med” (#3: 3.9/ 6) and “The Blacklist” (#2t: 3.4/ 6) – was at typical household overnight levels. And The CW capped off the evening with encore telecasts of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 0.7/ 1) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, January 5:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 10.5/17 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Good Place”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders”: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Pure Genius”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders”: 5.3/10 (#1)
CBS – “Pure Genius”: 3.3/ 6 (#2t)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.3/ 6 (#2t)

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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