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NBC’s Relocated ‘Little Big Shots’ Tops Wednesday

Modest Opening for 'The F World with Gordon Ramsay' on Fox

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, May 31, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.2/ 6, CBS: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 2.5/ 4, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 4, CBS: + 3, CW: no change, NBC: -16, ABC: -29

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s “Little Big Shots” lifted the network to overnight victory, topping the evening with a 4.9 rating/9 share in households as the new Wednesday 8 p.m. anchor. That led into the third season premiere of sitcom “The Carmichael Show” at a second-place 2.9/ 5 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, with an additional episode at a 2.3/ 4 (#2) at 9:30 p.m.

NBC capped off the night with an encore telecast of the pilot episode of “This Is Us” at a second-place 2.1/ 4 at 10 p.m. As reported yesterday, NBC has decided to keep “This Is Us” in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour next season (out of “The Voice” and into upcoming “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers”) instead of moving to Thursday. NBC will now populate Thursday with a two-hour sitcom block –- “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Will & Grace” and “Great News” – into relocated “Chicago Fire.”

In series-premiere news, “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” on Fox opened with a modest 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights (#3) out of a 2.7/ 5 (#3) for the season-premiere of “MasterChef” at 8 p.m. Comparably, however, “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” did debut 21 percent higherthan the 1.9/ 3 for “Wayward Pines” on the year-ago evening.

Elsewhere, the night featured all repeats. CBS offered encores of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#2: 3.2/ 6), “Criminal Minds” (#1: 3.2/ 6) and “Code Black” (#3: 2.7/ 5). “Code Black” will return on the Eye net in 2017-18 in midseason. ABC aired encores of “The Goldbergs” (#4: 2.2/ 4), “Speechless” (#4: 1.9/ 3), “Modern Family” (#4: 2.2/ 4) and “black-ish” (#4: 2.0/ 3) from 8-10 p.m. into the pilot episode of “Still Star-Crossed” at 10 p.m. (#3: 1.1/ 2). And The CW capped off the night with repeats of “Arrow” (#5: 0.5/ 1) and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”(#5: 0.5/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight results for May 31 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (time period premiere): 4.7/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season premiere): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (time period premiere): 5.1/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season premiere): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Carmichael Show” (season premiere): 2.9/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (series premiere): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Carmichael Show” (season premiere): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (series premiere): 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Still Star-Crossed” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Still Star-Crossed” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#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. FROM NBC

    “LITTLE BIG SHOTS” IS THE #1 SHOW OF THE NIGHT ON THE BIG 4 IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

    “LBS” CAPTURES AN 11-WEEK SLOT HIGH FOR NBC IN 18-49 AND A 13-WEEK HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS

    “THE CARMICHAEL SHOW” BEATS LAST SEASON’S FINAL FOUR TELECASTS IN 18-49 AND FINAL SIX EPISODES IN TOTAL VIEWERS

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings (Note the NBC stations in San Francisco and Sacramento carried Major League Baseball):

    The Wednesday debut of “Little Big Shots” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 and total viewers.
    · Hits an 11-week high for NBC in the time period in 18-49 (best since March 15, 1.5 with a “Voice” recap episode)
    · Scores a 13-week timeslot high for the net in total viewers (best since 9.0 million on March 1 with a crossover “Chicago Fire”).
    · Moves to a summer Wednesday time period and finishes within 0.1 of its most recent Sunday rating (1.2 vs. 1.3 on May 14).
    · Increases versus that most recent telecast in total viewers (7.555 million vs. 7.339 million).
    · Wins the timeslot among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers and ranks #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in every other key measure.
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Little Big Shots” has increased this season by +19% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.48 to a 1.76) and +1.2 million viewers overall (9.1 million to 10.3 million).

    The third-season premiere of “The Carmichael Show” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET):
    · More than doubles its year-ago finale in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.4 at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2016) and grows +89% in total viewers (4.263 million vs. 2.251 million).
    · Tops last season’s final four originals in 18-49 (best since May 1, 2015, 0.9).
    · Is currently beating last season’s final six originals in total viewers (best since April 10, 5.4 million), pending updates.
    · Equals last season’s series average in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.9, L+SD) and grows in total viewers (4.263 million vs. 4.162 million).
    · Retains 90% of last year’s initial telecast (0.9 vs. 1.0 at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016) and increases by +4% in total viewers (4.263 million vs. 4.091 million).
    · Ranks #2 in the slot in adults 18-49 among the Big 4 nets and ties for #1 in men 25-54.
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Carmichael” grew by +20% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.94 to a 1.13) and +535,000 viewers overall (4.3 million to 4.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The 9:30 “Carmichael Show” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET):
    · Finishes within 0.1 of its lead-in in 18-49.
    · Retains 100% of its lead-in among millennials (including adults 18-34, men 18-34 and women 18-34).
    · Finishes #2 in the slot in adults 18-49 among the Big 4 nets and finishes #2 or tied for #2 among those nets in all other key measures.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/6 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4 with an encore.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.5/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.4/2 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/2 with an encore.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.