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Monday Overnights: ABC Rules; CBS, NBC and The CW Lose Noticeable Steam

'The Good Doctor' Remains the New Series Breakout Hit

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.6/11, NBC: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 4.4/ 7, Fox: 2.4/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Night 1 of 2016-17 (9/19/16):

ABC: +10, Fox: – 4, NBC: -11, CBS: -14, CW: -36

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was a dead heat from 8-10 p.m. ET with competitors “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and “The Voice” on NBC each at a 6.6 rating/10 share in the household overnights. Combined with breakout hit drama “The Good Doctor” at 10 p.m. (#1: 6.8/12), ABC opened this fourth week of the new TV season tops in the household overnights. But NBC could still dominate the evening in adults 18-49 (despite a third-place 3.1/ 5 for recent entry “The Brave” at 10 p.m., which was 18 percent below the 3.8/ 6 for year-ago time period occupant “Timeless”).

Ironically, year-to-year overnight erosion for “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” was almost identical at 10 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

CBS, at present, remains on the Monday overnight map thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” which topped the evening at a 8.6/14 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But eroison for week three of lead-ut “Apt. 9JLK” (#3: 4.4/ 7) remains too steep at 49 percent. Once “Kevin Can Wait” moves back to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30th, “9JKL” is expected to lose considerable steam. And that will not be of benefit to already modest “Me, Myself & I” and returning “Superiod Donuts” from 9-10 p.m. ET (not to mention “Scorpion” at 10 p.m.).

Last night “Me, Myself & I” finished a distant third at 9:30 p.m. with a 2.9/ 5 in the household overnights (out of a diluted 4.0/ 6 for “Kevin Can Wait” at 9 p.m.). One year earlier, “The Odd Couple” opened its third — and final — season at 9:30 p.m. with a 3.1/ 5.

With weaker lead-in support (and opposite “The Good Doctor” on ABC), the Eye net’s “Scorpion” (#2: 3.3/ 6 at 10 p.m.) dipped by 30 percent from the year-ago evening.

In week two news, 9 p.m. CW drama “Valor” (#5: 0.6/ 1) dropped by 25 percent from the anemic 0.8/ 1 one week earlier. Comparably, this was 33 percent below year-ago occupant “Jane the Virgin” (0.9/ 1 on 10/18/16) and 50 percent below lead-in “Supergirl” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.). Year-to-year, “Supergirl” dropped by 37 percent (versus a 1.9/ 3 on 10/18/16).

Fox’s combination of “Lucifer” (#4: 2.4/ 4) and “The Gifted” (#4: 2.5/ 4), meanwhile, was almost identical to year-ago occupants “Gotham” and “Lucifer.”

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, October 16, 2017.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.4/10 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.6/10 (#2)
CBS – “Apt. 9JKL”: 4.4/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.9/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.4/10 (#2)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.8/11 (#1)
CBS – “Me, Myself & I”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.4/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.9/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Brave”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.7/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Brave”: 2.8/ 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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