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‘Grease Live’ is the Word on Fox

Live Three-Hour Musical Extravaganza Leads Fox to Solid Sunday Overnight Victory

SUNDAY 1/31/16
Metered Markets

Fox: 7.4 rating/11 share, CBS: 6.0/ 9, NBC: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 1.5/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are not included because NBC aired “Super Bowl 49.”

For the complete analysis, click here.


“Grease Live!” (Fox)

-Honorable Mention:
“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Galavant” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown
“Grease” was the word, with the live three-hour musical extravaganza on Fox at an ample 7.4 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 7-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this finished first in each of the six half-hours. And it was just six percent below the 7.9/13 in the overnights for NBC’s live production of “The Wiz” on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. And that translated into 11.50 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. Considering this is Fox, chances are “Grease Live!” will come in at a young skew. And you can now expect more original musical productions on Fox.

Second overall for the night in the household overnights was CBS’ older-skewing combination of “60 Minutes” (#2: 6.7/11), “Madam Secretary” (#2: 7.0/11), “The Good Wife” (#2: 5.8/ 9), which is suddenly a question mark for renewal, and sophomore “CSI: Cyber” (#2: 4.5/ 8), which is unlikely to return.

In the distant No. 3 spot was NBC care of “Dateline” (#3: 2.7/ 4) and three hours of “American Ninja Warrior,” which averaged a 2.6/ 5 in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. and will be returning this summer. And ABC capped off this final night in January with its line-up of a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#4: 2.7/ 4), sophomore “Galavant” (#4: 1.3/ 2), which is unlikely to see season three, and encore telecasts of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (#4: 0.8/ 1) and “Shark Tank” (#3: 1.5/ 3).

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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