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Monday Overnights: NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Squashes ‘American Idol’ on ABC

Disappointing Results, However, for Week 4 of NBC's 'Good Girls'

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  • MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

    Household Rating/Share
    NBC: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 3.3/ 6, Fox: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

    -Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
    Fox: +27, NBC: – 4, CBS: – 8, ABC: -14, CW: -27

    Ratings Breakdown:
    In the second head-to-head battle this season, NBC’s “The Voice” was 36 percent above ABC’s competing “American Idol” in the Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block, with a 6.8 rating/11 share in the household overnights (versus a 5.0/ 8 for “Idol”). Comparably, “American Idol” dipped by 11 percent in household rating from one week earlier (5.6/ 9 on March 12), while trailing the spring season-premiere of year-ago time period occupant “Dancing With the Stars” (8.3/13 on 3/20/17) by a hefty 40 percent.

    The upcoming spring edition of “Dancing With the Stars” will be an abbreviated four-week version, with a total of 10 athletes competing later this season.

    ABC took control of the 10 p.m. hour thanks to freshman hit medical drama “The Good Doctor” (#1: 6.1/11), which bested competing “Scorpion” on CBS (#2: 3.2/ 6) and “Good Girls” on NBC (#3: 2.8/ 5) by 91 percent and 118 percent, respectively. Comparably, this fourth episode of “Good Girls” dropped by 10 percent from the 3.1/ 5 one week earlier. It also dropped from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Voice” (6.7/11) by 58 percent.

    Earlier in the evening, CBS’ 8-10 p.m. ET sitcom block – “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 3.7/ 6), “Man With a Plan” (#3: 2.6/ 6), “Superior Donuts” (#3: 3.3/ 5) and recent entry “Living Biblically” (#4: 2.8/ 5) – were all below average. Comparably, “Living Biblically” is not an improvement from fall time period occupant “JKL,” and it trailed “2 Broke Girls” on the year-ago evening (3.1/ 5 on 3/20/17) by 10 percent.

    Fox finished fourth overall care of dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 2.4/ 4) and recent entry “The Resident” (#3: 3.2/ 5), which deserves accolades for increasing from its lead-in by 33 percent. A second season renewal for “The Resident” seems likely. And The CW featured relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into recent returnee ‘iZombie” (#5: 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which slipped by 40 percent. Comparably, “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” was 37 percent below “Supergirl” on the year-ago evening (1.6/ 3 on 3/20/17).

    What follows are the household overnight ratings for Monday, March 12 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “American Idol”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
    CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 3.7/ 8 (#3)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 6.7/11 (#1)
    Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
    CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “American Idol”: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
    CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 7.0/11 (#1)
    Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
    CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “American Idol”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
    CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 6.8/11 (#1)
    Fox – “The Resident”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
    CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “American Idol”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
    CBS – “Living Biblically”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 6.7/11 (#1)
    Fox – “The Resident”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
    CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.2/11 (#1)
    CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.3/ 6 (#1)
    NBC – “Good Girls”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.0/11 (#1)
    CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.1/ 6 (#1)
    NBC – “Good Girls”: 2.5/ 5 (#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. Marc the Voice beat Idol last week. They didnt squash it. I think its great Idol held alot from last week and this is higher then last nights ratings. Btw DWTS skews old in demos. Networks dont care about viewership.