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More Anemic Results for Thursday Night Freshman Trio

'Training Day' on CBS, 'Powerless' on NBC and 'Riverdale' on The CW All Underwhelm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 4.6/ 8 each, NBC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: – 3, ABC: – 4, CW: -17, CBS: -18, Fox: -64

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC and CBS tied for first in the household overnights on this third Thursday in February, with the strength of the Eye net in the hands of “The Big Bang Theory” at a top-rated 9.0 rating/15 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Confirmation of the reported two-season renewal for Sheldon, Leonard and company should be coming at any moment.

CBS, unfortunately, continues to squander the lead-in support, with freshman “The Great Indoors” slipping by 47 percent at a second-place 4.8/ 8 at 8:30 p.m. Erosion of this magnitude does not warrant a second season renewal.

In the 9 p.m. hour, CBS sitcoms “Mom” (#1: 5.0/ 8) and sophomore “Life in Pieces” (#3: 3.9/ 6) were at typical household overnight levels, but episode three of action drama “Training Day” scored an anemic 2.6/ 5 (#3) at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 10 percent below the 2.9/ 5 one week earlier, and that 2.9 overnight rating translated into just 4.43 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. One year earlier, former Thursday time period occupant “Elementary” was notably stronger at a 3.9/ 7 in the overnights.

ABC, meanwhile, had nothing unusual to report with its combination of just renewed Shonda Rhimes trio “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 5.6/ 9), “Scandal” (#1: 4.8/ 7) and “How To Get Away With Murder” (#1: 3.6/ 6).

Also in episode three news last night was NBC sitcom “Powerless,” which scored a mere 1.7/ 3 (#4) at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, that was equal to last week, which resulted in just 2.52 million viewers and a 0.8/ 3 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. And the overnight retention for “Powerless” out of just renewed “Superstore” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) was lacking at 68 percent. “Superstore’s” order for season three is for a full 22-episodes.

At 10 p.m. on NBC was the winter finale of tired “The Blacklist,” which at a 3.2/ 6 (#2) was down by 11 percent from year-ago time period occupant “Shades of Blue” (3.6/ 6 on 2/18/16). Overnight household retention for “The Blacklist” out of “Chicago Med” (#2: 4.6/ 8 from 9-10 p.m.) was also modest at 70 percent. Next week, spin-off “The Blacklist: Redemption” debuts in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour, which leads me to wonder why there will be interest in this if the parent series is deteriorating.

Elsewhere, “My Kitchen Rules” on Fox (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m.) dropped by 44 percent out of “MasterChef Junior” (#3: 2.6/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.). And slippage for recent entry “Riverdale” on The CW (#5: 0.8/ 1) was 33 percent out of “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, February 16:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 9.0/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.0/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.7/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Training Day”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (winter finale): 3..2/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.4/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Training Day”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (winter finale): 3.1/ 6 (#2)

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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  • TVisME

    With SNL in repeats for a couple of weeks and so much going on in politics (almost daily!), NBC would be smart to pull Powerless and replace it with SNL Weekend Update specials for a few weeks.

    • Hello Larry

      I agree they should replace it with SNL Weekend Update as that show has always done solid numbers in primetime and it can help Chicago Med’s demo performance. NBC knows they’re not renewing Powerless so why even continue to waste their time killing that slot?

      • renamoretti1

        I’d be curious to see if you’re right. My guess is that people are so sick of political shows they’d avoid it like the plague.

  • Garebelman

    The Winter break for the Blacklist is next week Marc because they are sliding it at 9PM to lead in to Redemption then it is off for six weeks.

  • renamoretti1

    Nobody’s commenting on the huge flop that is Riverdale.

    BTW what little I read in the media, they are acting like it’s a hit (as usual).