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Monday Overnights: ABC Misfires with Abbreviated Season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Return of 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' Left at the Starting Gate on NBC

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +18, NBC: – 6, ABC: – 9, CW: -10, CBS: -16

-Ratings Breakdown:
Night two of this abbreviated four-week season of “Dancing With the Stars,” featuring all athletes, led ABC to Monday overnight victory, but a 5.6 rating/9 share in households dipped by 10 percent and 21 percent, respectively, from the week-ago (6.2/10 on April 30) and year-ago (7.1/12 on 5/08/17) performances. What we always enjoy about this feel-good competition, getting to know the performers in their journeys, is unfortunately missing in this rushed edition. Note to ABC: Please make sure we get full editions of “Dancing With the Stars” in the future.

In season-premiere news, reality/competition “Running Wild with Bear Gryllis” on NBC was left at the starting gate with a third-place 2.2/ 3 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that trailed “Elementary” on CBS (#1: 3.2/ 6) and “The Crossing” on ABC (#2: 2.6/ 5) by 31 percent and 15 percent, respectively. And it slipped from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Voice” (5.0/ 8) by a hefty 56 percent. One year earlier, game show “The Wall” scored a 3.1/ 5 in the household overnights in the Monday 8-10 p.m. block.

Overall, “The Voice” averaged a 5.2/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which was 12 percent below the 5.9/10 one year earlier.

In season-finale news was sophomore CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” at a third-place 3.6/ 6 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which was close to year-ago overnight levels and is a shoo-in for a third season renewal. Next on the Eye net was compatible “Man With a Plan” at a 3.3/ 5 at 8:30 p.m. (#2), followed by on the fence “Superior Donuts” (#3t, 3.0/ 5) and a repeat of “The Big Theory” (#2: 3.1/ 5) from 9-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox featured dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 2.0/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and just renewed “The Resident” (#3t: 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which increased by 50 percent. And The CW aired “Supergirl” (#5: 1.3/ 2) into a 0.6/ 1 (#5) for on the fence ‘iZombie.”

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Monday, May 7 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”: 5.5/10 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (season finale): 3.6/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.4/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”: 5.8/10 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.4/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.0/ 5 (#3t)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.0/ 5 (#3t)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Elementary”: 3.4/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (season premiere): 2.5/ 4 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing”: 2.4/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Elementary”: 3.0/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (season premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#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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