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Monday Overnights: Clean Sweep for ABC

'Better Late Than Never' on NBC and '9JKL' Conclude for the Season -- or Series

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.2/ 9, CBS: 3.9/ 6, NBC and Fox: 3.1/ 5 each, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +29, ABC: +27, CBS and CW: -15 each, Fox: -30

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for ABC with its pairing of old faithful “The Bachelor” (4.7 rating/8 share from 8-10 p.m.), which is the perfect time period filler in between editions of “Dancing With the Stars,” and this season’s new breakout hit drama, “The Good Doctor” (#1 for the night: 6.0/11 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “The Good Doctor” bested year-ago time period occupant “Quantico” (1.8/ 3 on 2/06/17) by 233 percent.

Two network shows closed for the season – or series – last night. The first, NBC’s comical reality series “Better Late Than Never” finished third in the 9 p.m. hour with a 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights. Comparably, that held a respectable 83 percent from lead-in game show “The Wall,” which was above average at a 4.1/ 7 in the 8 p.m. hour. And it led into a modest 1.8/ 3 for 10 p.m. special, “The Best of U.s. – The 2018 Winter Olympics.” Don’t let the lackluster overnights for this Olympics special fool us. NBC is heading into mass victory with the arrival of the games this week.

The second season (or series) ender was CBS sitcom “9JKL,” which was at typical overnight levels at a fourth-place 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m. While the overnight retention out of lead-in “Superior Donuts” (#2: 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m.) was certainly not bad, an expected 0.8 (or 0.9) rating in adults 18-49, based on the Live+Same Day data, is not conducive for a second season renewal.

”9JKL” led into a second-place 3.7/ 7 for drama “Scorpion” at 10 p.m., which was 26 percent below the 5.0/ 9 on the year-ago evening.

Earlier in the night on the Eye net were comedies “Kevin Can Wait” (#2: 4.7/ 8) and compatible “Man With a Plan” (#2t: 4.3/ 7) from 8-9 p.m., which both should have no trouble snagging renewals for 2018-19.

Elsewhere, Fox was at typical Monday overnight levels with dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and recently introduced “The Resident” (#3t: 3.4/ 6). Comparably, the debut of failed drama “APB” scored a 4.2/ 7 on the year-ago evening. And The CW featured “Supergirl” (#5: 1.6/ 3) and back-to-back repeat episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.6/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.).

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, February 5, 2018:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “The Wall”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.8/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.7/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 4.3/ 7 (#2t)
NBC – “The Wall”: 4.3/ 7 (#2t)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Better Late Than Never” (season or series finale): 3.5/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.4/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “9JKL” (season or series finale): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Better Late Than Never” (season or series finale): 3.3/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5) – series finale

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.1/ 11 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Best of U.s. – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.0/ 11 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 2.6/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Best of U.s. – The 2018 Winter Olympics”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by 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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