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Freshman Thursday Network Series Continue to Falter

'The Big Bang Theory' Leads CBS to Thursday Overnight Victory

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.3/ 7, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Note: Fox aired the series finale of “American Idol.”
CBS: – 2, ABC: – 6, NBC: -12, CW: -18, Fox: -82

-Ratings Breakdown:
“The Big Bang Theory” lifted CBS to another Thursday overnight victory, with a consistent 8.5 rating/15 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But a second-place 4.4/ 7 for “The Great Indoors” at 8:30 p.m., which slipped by 48 percent, means the pink slip is pending.

Second overall in the 8 p.m. hour was “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC at a consistent 5.6/10, followed by “MasterChef Junior” on Fox at a very distant 2.4/ 4. The steep year-to-year losses for Fox is a result of the finale of “American Idol” airing one year earlier.

Capping off the 8 p.m. hour were NBC comedies “Superstore” (#4: 2.2/ 4) and “Powerless” (#4: 1.5/ 2), and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (1.1/ 2). “Powerless,” which lives up to its title, is now just waiting for the proverbial axe to swing.

At 9 p.m., “Mom” on CBS perked up to a 5.1/ 8 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, building by 16 percent from lead-in “The Great Indoors.” Allison Janney may have to make room for another Emmy on her mantelpiece following her performance last night. “Mom” led into a 3.8/ 6 for “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 p.m. ET, which slipped by 25 percent.

In the battle of the 9-10 p.m. scripted dramas, “Scandal” on ABC (#1t: 4.5/ 8) bested competing “Chicago Med” on NBC (#3: 4.0/ 7) by 12 percent. The third drama, The CW’s already renewed “Riverdale,” scored a mere 0.7/ 1 and survives because of the interest in social media.

Fox’s “Kicking & Screaming,” which is also waiting for the pink slip, scored a 1.4/ 2 in the 9 p.m. hour, which dipped from lead-in “MasterChef Junior” by 42 percent.

At 10 p.m., relocated “The Amazing Race” led the hour with a 3.0/ 5. Comparably, however, that was only equal to failed year-ago time period occupant “Rush Hour.” Next was ABC’s deteriorating “The Catch” at a 2.7/ 5, followed by another drama potentially on the chopping block – NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption” at a 2.7/ 5.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, April 6:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.5/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale 0.7/ 1 (#1)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 3.3/ 5 (#1t)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.3/ 6 (#1t)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.7/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.5/ 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 weekly column “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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