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Modest Return for ‘The Carmichael Show’ on NBC

NBC Wins Evening Despite Airing a Two-Hour Encore Edition of 'The Voice'

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.9 rating/8 share, CBS: 3.9/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 2.7/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +58, ABC: + 3, CW: -22, CBS: -36, Fox: -69

Ratings Breakdown:
Note: The latest Democratic Presidential Debate aired on CNN, Univision and Fusion from 9-11 p.m. ET.

NBC got over the Wednesday “hump” in winning overnight fashion despite populating the evening with a “Best of the Blind Auditions” edition of “The Voice” from 8-10 p.m. This encore telecast of “The Voice” averaged a still dominant 6.1 rating/10 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. And it led into a 2.9/ 5 (#2t) for the sophomore season-premiere of sitcom “The Carmichael Show” at 10 p.m. Comparably, “The Carmichael Show” opened one-tenth of a rating point (or four percent) above the 2.8/ 5 for its first season-ender on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. And that 2.9 in the overnights translated into 3.80 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). In other words, this is a modest return.

An encore telecast of “The Carmichael Show” capped the night for NBC with a 2.0/ 4 at 10:30 p.m. (#3). NBC will fill the Sunday 9 p.m. hour with two episodes of “The Carmichael Show” effective this weekend.

In the specials department last night was “The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” on CBS, which was off the charts at a mere 2.1/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, this slipped from lead-in “Survivor” (#2: 5.6/ 9 from 8-9 p.m.) by a considerable 62 percent. And it led into another Wednesday 10 p.m. edition of on the fence “CSI: Cyber” at a 4.0/ 8, which managed to build by 122 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion (1.8/ 3) of “The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special.”

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In season (or series) finale news was the sophomore conclusion of ABC’s highly touted “American Crime” at an uneventful 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights at 10 p.m., which was 12 percent above the 2.5/ 5 last week. Despite a second season of low traditional ratings, the critical acclaim will likely result in a third season renewal for “American Crime.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC were repeats of sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 3.4/ 6), “The Goldbergs” (#3: 2.9/ 5), “Modern Family” (#2: 3.2/ 5) and “black-ish” (#2: 2.9/ 5) from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox’s combination of freshman drama “Rosewood” and veteran “Hell’s Kitchen” scored a duplicate 2.7/ 4 in the overnights. And The CW populated this second Wednesday in March with encore telecasts of “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.7/ 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. Besides being too severe (which I don’t think it was intentional), the fact that one part of the challenge had such a higher degree of difficulty and longevity made the whole challenge one of the worst in the show’s history. The other components of the challenge were essentially meaningless given the difference in time that the “find the bags in the sand” challenge took for various teams.

    • Well said. Agree 100%. And one of the worst casts in survivor history. This one will not go down in the books (Cambodia) as one of the better ones. And yet some people still rave about this show after so long. Its tired.

  2. I agree. I think there should have been some kind of time limit imposed on the challenge considering the conditions. Although some contestants may have pushed themselves too far, the producers should have realized it would be dangerous to keep them competing for that long. There needs to be some consideration given to the safety of the contestants when designing these challenges.

  3. They weren’t even playing for immunity – this was a reward challenge for COFFEE! Can’t imagine anyone returning to their campsite hankering for a hot cup of joe. I gather that there is no option for a team to sit out a challenge on the grounds that the reward isn’t worth the effort in terms of danger to health and calories expended.

  4. I’ll be honest with you and say that the hardest part of watching last night’s survivor for me was watching Alicia be bullied by the two knuckle dragging neanderthals on her team, Scott and Kyle. A pair of mysogynists.
    As for the challenge, yes, it was brutal, and no, I don’t think that the producers and the challenge creators thought that it would be as brutal as it actually was. Mainly because I don’t think that the producers expected it to be that hard for them to locate the bags in the sand. The area in which the bags were hidden may have been too large, the bags may have been buried too deep, or the teams might just have lacked a plan for tackling the search area. The fact is that we’ve seen other “search in the sand” type challenges and they haven’t taken nearly an hour for the first team to find what they’re searching for. The big problem was clearly faulty design or the producers having too high expectations of the contestants.
    As for “can’t imagine anyone returning to their campsite hankering for a hot cup of joe,” you obviously don’t know the coffee fiends that I know. It wasn’t “just” coffee though. Seasonings and cooking oil can be very important when you are faced with a bland diet of rice and whatever you can glean from the sea.

    • I can’t stand Scot and Kyle, but I knew from how the show was edited they would be going to tribal. Alecia did not get a fair chance and I hope she comes back at a later time.

  5. I love Survivor…my favorite show. But I do think that the challenge was way too much. At some point you have to realize that you could be putting people’s lives at risk, even for a reality show.

  6. I’ve seen much harder and brutal challenges on the international versions of both “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race”.” Two contestants have died while filming “Survivor” (heart attacks) and just watch Leg 6 of “The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária” to see the scariest situation in reality TV history. The team and camera crew were held up at a stoplight by three armed robbers. While I don’t think Andréa and Luciana had a chance of winning the race, they were screwed over by the show and given no time credit after nearly losing their lives for a reality show.

    Remember Joe on last season when he passed out dueling with Keith. I thought for sure someone was going to die in that challenge when that big weight at the top of the pole would topple down onto a neighboring contestant as it was a rather poorly thought out challenge. Anyway, I wouldn’t wish real harm on any of these contestants, but the show is to outwit, to outlast, and outplay your fellow contestants. And from way back in Season 1 of the U.S. version of “Survivor,” we saw that contestants don’t have to partake in challenges and can drop out at anytime (some even food for dropping out). This is when personal responsibility comes into play. Money isn’t worth everything, but to some people I guess it is.