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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on ABC Tops Thursday Overnights

New Thursday Network Programming Continues to Struggle

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 2, NBC and CW: no change, ABC: -21, Fox: -64

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led the Thursday overnight troops care of the ongoing NCAA Basketball Tournament at an estimated 4.5 rating/8 share in households for the primetime portion (from 8-11 p.m. ET). These averages, which for any live sporting event are always approximate, do not include coverage on TBS last night.

On ABC, veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” topped the evening at a 5.6/10 in the household overnights at 8 p.m., which led into an also first-place 4.2/ 7 for “Scandal” at 9 p.m. Sophomore drama “The Catch” dipped to a third 2.6/ 5 at 10 p.m., which trailed NBC’s competing “The Blacklist” Redemption” (#2: 2.7/ 5) by one-tenth of a rating point (or four percent), and its year-ago series-opener (4.6/ 8 on 3/24/16) by a hefty 41 percent. At this point, chances of a third season of “The Catch” are highly unlikely. “The Blacklist: Redemption,” meanwhile, declined from year-ago time period occupant “Shades of Blue” (3.6/ 6) by 25 percent.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was the 8-10 p.m. combination of “Superstore” (#3: 2.6/ 5), a repeat of “Trial & Error” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and an encore telecast of “Chicago Med” (#3: 2.9/ 5). “Trial & Error” was a last minute replacement for “Powerless,” which no doubt is going to face the chopping block.

Elsewhere, recent Fox reality/competition “Kicking & Screaming” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m.) dropped by 42 percent from lead-in “MasterChef” (#3: 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m.). And The CW populated the evening with back-to-back repeats of “Supernatural” (#5: avg. 0.6/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, March 23:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#1)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.2/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.6/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 6.3/11 (#1)
NBC – “Trial & Error” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (R): 23.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.7/ 5 (#2t)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.7/ 5 (#2t)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
CBS – 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.5/ 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 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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