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Modest Season (or Series) Ending Overnights for ’24: Legacy’ on Fox and ‘2 Broke Girls’ on CBS

ABC Tops Night; NBC the Network to Beat in the Key Young Adults Demos

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.0/10, NBC: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 3.8/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 9, NBC: -11, CW: -14, Fox: -15, CBS: -21

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was a typical Monday, with ABC first in the household overnights and the home of “The Voice,” NBC, the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young demographics). “Dancing with the Stars” scored a healthy 8.0 rating/13 share from 8-10 p.m., which was right on par with the year ago evening. And competing “The Voice” averaged a 6.1/10, which was also close to year-ago levels. But the problem remains the 10 p.m. hour, with both sophomore “Quantico” on ABC (#3: 2.1/ 3) and “Taken” on NBC (#2: 3.0/ 4) declining considerably from their lead-ins. That hour is pivotal, of course, because it airs into the late local news.

Tops in the 10 p.m. hour was “Scorpion” on CBS at a 4.4/ 7, which built from the season (or series) finale of lead-in “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) by 37 percent. CBS, at press time, has not announced if “2 Broke Girls” will continue for a seventh season.

Earlier in the evening on CBS were already renewed sitcoms “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 3.9/ 6), “Man with a Plan” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “Superior Donuts” (#3: 3.4/ 5) at overnight levels close to one week earlier. Personally, I consider “Superior Donuts” the best new comedy this season.

In other season (or series) finale news was “24: Legacy” on Fox at an uneventful 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m., which was only equal to year-ago occupant “Gotham” (which returns next week). Kiefer Sutherland is the “24” brand, so to do it without him might not have been the best idea.

“24: Legacy” led into a 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m. for also recent crime themed entry “APB,” which concludes next week and is unlikely to be renewed for a second season.

The CW capped off the night with repeats of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.7/ 1) and a Monday edition of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, April 17, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.9/13 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.0/10 (#1)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.0/13 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.1/13 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.1/10 (#3)
Fox – “APB”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.0/13 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls” (season or series finale): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “APB”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Taken”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.3/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Taken”: 2.6/ 4 (#2)

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. I liked Kevin Can Wait last night. I think the show works better when it concentrates on the two main characters.

      • Me too Marc and I agree about Shale he’s such a great counter to Kevin especially in last night’s episode loved the back-and-forth between those two.

    • I agree I’ve been loving Kevin Can Wait all year it’s the funniest of the new comedies to me from this season and funniest comedy on network TV in a while. You made an excellent point about when the show concentrates on the two main characters I’ve been loving the bantering and back-and-forth between Kevin and Donna because is really funny like Leah Remini was on King of Queens. Kevin is does a great job playing off his TV wives.

      • I really do think the strength is in those two characters. I am not crazy about most of the side characters. Chale is ok.

        • I agree the episodes are usually better when the focus is on Kevin and Donna and I like it when they compete against each other like in Monday’s episode. Chale is probably the best out of the side characters. I would like to see Kevin’s brother in there a little more he was funny on King of Queens and is on this show too in the limited times we get to see him. Kevin’s two youngest kids are funny too but I wish they were older.

  2. FROM CBS

    CBS Monday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “SCORPION” GROWS IN VIEWERS AND A18-49;
    IS MONDAY’S #1 SCRIPTED PROGRAM IN BOTH MEASURES

    “Man With a Plan” and “Superior Donuts” Post Audience Gains

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Returns From
    A Week of Rebroadcasts with a First Place Finish
    In the Overnight Metered Markets

    · At 8:00 PM, KEVIN CAN WAIT averaged 5.88m, 1.0 in A18-49 and 1.7 in A25-54 (nc).

    · At 8:30 PM, MAN WITH A PLAN averaged 5.42m (up +1% from 5.34m), 1.0 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.5 in A25-54.

    · At 9:00 PM, SUPERIOR DONUTS averaged 5.14m (up +2% from 5.02m), 1.0 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.5 in A25-54 (nc).

    · At 9:30 PM, the season finale of 2 BROKE GIRLS averaged 4.58m, 1.0 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.5 in A25-54.

    · At 10:00 PM, SCORPION was first in viewers (6.53m, up +2% from 6.41m), A18-49 (1.1, up +10% from 1.0) and A25-54 (1.5), the night’s #1 scripted program in viewers and A18-49.

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    · At 11:30 PM, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT was first in the 56 overnight metered markets (2.4), up +9% from both its last first run broadcast on 4/3 and from a year ago.

  3. FROM ABC

    ABC Monday Prime (8-11pm – 8.4 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49): Boosted by Disney Night on Dancing with the Stars, ABC was the most watched network on Monday (8.4 million) and ran a strong 2nd in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5) to The Voice-led NBC. Dancing stood as Monday’s #1 most watched TV show overall (11.0 million) and caught NBC’s The Voice as the night’s top-rated show in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, Teens 12-17. DWTS was also the night’s #1 broadcast with Kids 2-11 and hit a season high in the process.

    Dancing with the Stars (8-10pm – 11.0 million and 1.7/6 in AD18-49): From 8-10pm, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars qualified as Monday’s most-watched TV series for the 5th week in a row, outdrawing NBC’s The Voice by a best-of-season 1.6 million viewers in the 2-hour slot (11.0 million vs. 9.4 million). Dancing narrowed its margin with The Voice to 3-tenths in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6 vs. 2.0/7) to match its closest finish this season with the NBC unscripted show.

    · Dancing grew week to week in Total Viewers (+7%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%), equaling a best-since-premiere rating in young adults.

    Quantico (10-11pm – 3.1 million and 0.6/2 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s Quantico gained 19% week to week in L+SD Total Viewers (3.1 million vs. 2.6 million) and held even with Adults 18-49 (0.6/2).

    L+3 for Last Week’s Quantico Telecast (4/10/17): Last week’s telecast of Quantico shot up +67% in Adults 18-49 after just 3 days of TV Playback (0.6 rating to 1.0 rating), making it last Monday’s top broadcast gainer from L+SD to L+3. In overall L+7, Quantico is the season’s #2 biggest gainer in TV playback to only ABC’s Designated Survivor among the broadcasters in Adults 18-49, shooting up by +114% over its L+SD average.

  4. I agree Marc about Superior Donuts being the best new comedy this season and Kevin Can Wait is probably #2 and the funniest new comedy in a long time. I like the CBS freshmen comedies this year hopefully down the line more people will get a chance to watch them.

  5. What’s up with not posting the half hour breakdowns with viewers and demos lately? Thankfully I know where to look for them elsewhere.

    I read on the bubble report on another site that Quantico may get another season since it does well internationally. A more shocking one I saw on the list is the Exorcist may get another season on FOX. They seem to think SHIELD will get another season as well. I guess we’ll see how forgiving networks are in a month!

    • I’ll second your request.

      It would be great to have those breakdowns regularly again. 🙂

      Quantico “doing well internationally” is just the usual excuse they give for renewing politically-favored flops. It’s not doing well internationally, but they know the info is hard to find so nobody is likely to call them on it.

      The wholesale renewal of flops is killing US TV and frankly at this point I wonder if “Has killed US TV” isnt more appropriate. 🙁