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Monday Overnights: ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’ Remains a Genuine Hit

Other Monday Night Network Newbies Continue to Underperform

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Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.5/11, NBC: 5.5/ 9, CBS: 4.6/ 7, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 1

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

ABC: + 7, CBS: + 5, Fox: no change, NBC: – 8, CW: -29

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC remained the network to beat in the Monday overnights thanks to its combination of “Dancing With the Stars” (#2: 6.4 rating/10 share from 8-10 p.m. ET) and bona fide hit “The Good Doctor” (#1: 6.9/12 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “The Good Doctor” almost beat competitors “Scorpion” on CBS and “The Brave” on NBC (3.5/ 6 each) combined, and it was 103 percent above short-lived year-ago time period occupant “Conviction” (3.4/ 6 on 10/24/16). But the home of “The Voice,” NBC, is still the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key demos) thanks to the singing compeititon at a dominant 6.6/10 from 8-10 p.m.

CBS’ two-hour comedy block, unfortunately, continues to underperform following “The Big Bang Theory,” and the absence of adult Sheldon and company (which returns to the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour on Nov. 2) will take its toll. “Big Bang” topped the night, of course, with an 8.8/14 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Recently introduced lead-out “9JKL” picked up some steam with a 4.7/ 7 (#3) at 8:30 p.m., but the overnight retention out of “Big Bang” was still only 53 percent. Next was sophomore “Kevin Can Wait” at a 3.9/ 6 (#3) at 9 p.m., which was only on par with year-ago occupant “2 Broke Girls,” and that led into a modest 3.0/ 5 (#3) for newbie “Me, Myself & I,” which slipped from “Kevin Can Wait” by 23 percent. One year earlier, the return of “The Odd Couple” scored a 3.2/ 5 in the Monday 9:30 p.m. half-hour.

Aforementioned Eye net drama “Scorpion” at 10 p.m., meanwhile, was down by 26 percent year-to-year (versus a 4.7/ 8 on 10/24/16).

Next week, “Kevin Can Wait” moves to Monday at 8 p.m. into “9JKL,” followed by “Me, Myself & I,” now at 9 p.m. into the return of “Superior Donuts.” Given how poorly “Me, Myself & I” is fairing, chances are CBS will give the more worthy “Superior Donuts” the 9 p.m. slot.

Elsewhere, Fox’s pairing of “Lucifer” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and “The Gifted” (#4: 2.4/ 4) is perfectly comptabible, albeit moderately rated in the overnights. And week three of new CW drama “Valor” was consistent at a subpar 0.6/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m., which slipped from lead-in “Supergirl” (#5: 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.) by 54 percent. One year earlier, “Jane the Virgin” scored a 0.8/ 1 in the Monday 9 p.m. hour.

The bottom line: ABC’s “The Good Doctor” is the only new Monday night series drawing notable interest and CBS minus “The Big Bang Theory” next week could have some difficulties.

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, October 23, 2017.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.3/10 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.8/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.4/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.8/10 (#1)
CBS – “Apt. 9JKL”: 4.7/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.3/10 (#2)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.7/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.4/10 (#2)
CBS – “Me, Myself & I”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 7.0/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Brave”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.8/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Brave”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)

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 ( 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. Perhaps the Matt LeBlanc, Man with a Plan, will go to 9PM. Why was that held off to mid-season?
    CBS Monday comedies have all been on the year less than 2 years. Odd scheduling.

    They would have been better off using BBT and Young Sheldon at the top of the hours on Thursday and relocating Mom to Monday at 9.

    “Given how poorly “Me, Myself & I” is fairing, chances are CBS will give the more worthy “Superior Donuts” the 9 p.m. slot.”

    • They need different shows and should focus on that instead of trying to maximize the returns on the poorly-performing shows.

      But even CBS no longer has enough money to do that.. 🙁

        • CBS’ problem is that their culture changed and they’ve been contaminated by the Culture of Failure that pervades the TV industry and consequently can’t seem to be able to buy a hit show (we’ll see what happens to Young Sheldon when it really starts running).

          They left with keeping old hits on forever (like Criminal Minds which in olden days would have been replaced after 5 or 7 seasons tops and now is is season… (I forgot actually, 15?)

  2. Disagree of course ith Good Doctor being labelled a “hit”. It’s WAY too generous. Growing slightly Beating the umpteenth season of DWTS (which is VERY far from its best) just isn’t enough.

    That said, it’s better than the disaster of the rest of Channing Dungey’s schedule…

      • I have… 🙂

        It’s not beating season 14 of NCIS.

        I mean it’s season FOURTEEN!!!!! 😉

        And NCIS was never a massive hit like CSI was back in the day.

        Not to take anything from NCIS, because what they did is awesome, but it says a lot more about the rest of TV that it can’t even equal season 14 (that’s WAY past the creative top of the show IMO).