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‘Big Fan’ is a Big Fizzle on ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Produced Game Show DOA

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.6/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +12, NBC: no change, CW: -11, ABC: -14, CBS: -23,
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-Ratings Breakdown:
Only “The Odd Couple” on CBS was an original telecast last night. Yet, CBS won this second Monday of 2017 in the overnight households, besting No. 2 ABC by one-tenth of a rating point. But the home of “The Bachelor” is still the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).

An encore of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS topped the night, with a 5.5 rating/8 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. And that led into repeats of “Kevin Can Wait” (#2: 3.7/ 5), “Man With a Plan” (#2: 3.1/ 5), aforementioned “The Odd Couple” (#2: 3.4/ 5) and an encore of “Scorpion” (#1: 3.2/ 5) from 8:30-11 p.m. CBS has upped the episode orders for freshman comedies “Kevin Can Wait” and “Man With a Plan” to 24 and 22, respectively, this season.

In series-premiere news, ABC half-hour game show “Big Fan,” from Jimmy Kimmel and hosted by Andy Richter, was a big fizzle, with the debut installment at a 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights in the 10 p.m. half-hour (#2). A second episode at 10:30 p.m. sunk to a last-place 1.7/ 3 at 10 p.m. Comparably, the two episodes of “Big Fan,” on average, trailed a repeat of “Scorpion” on CBS (3.2/ 5) by 37 percent. A repeat of NBC’s “The Wall” scored a 2.0/ 3.

In the 8-10 p.m. battle of ABC’s “The Bachelor” (4.4/ 7) versus NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” (2.9/ 4), now featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Bachelor” held a significant 52 percent advantage. Week-to-week, “The Bachelor” was flat, while “Celebrity Apprentice” slipped by 19 percent.

Elsewhere, Fox populated the evening with an encore telecast of two-hour special “Showtime at the Apollo,” which scored a 1.8/ 3 from 8-10 p.m. And The CW featured repeats of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.9/ 1) and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 0.8/ 1).
Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, January 9, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.8/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.5/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Celebrity Apprentice”: 3.1/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.9/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 3.7/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Celebrity Apprentice”: 2.9/ 4 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.3/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Celebrity Apprentice”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan” (R): 3.4/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Celebrity Apprentice”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Big Fan” (series premiere): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 3.3/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Big Fan” (series premiere): 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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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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  • Justin Urciuoli

    Apprentice should rise to season high’s next week. Last night was still up against the ESPN College Football championship, which in the past has gotten over 25 million viewers. Things will be back to normal next week for the broadcast networks. Also last night’s show was much better than the Premiere. And next week Warren Buffet, who everyone loves and the second richest person in America will be on the show next week.

    • Marc Berman

      The right person got fired in the second episode last night.

      • Justin Urciuoli

        Marc in your opinion, can ratings rise next week once football is down? And with the slip in ratings this week from last week do you think the show is in danger of being cancelled?

        • Justin Urciuoli

          Also does a 19% slip in the overnight ratings mean a 19% or larger drop in the demo and total viewers?

        • Marc Berman

          They certainly can. But since The Bachelor on ABC was not negatively impacted last night, I am afraid viewers are probably not loving Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let’s wait and see what happens next week.

          • Justin Urciuoli

            I love Arnold, I think he is a great host and people need to give him time. Also doesn’t The Bachelor skew more with women than Apprentice? Apprentice skews better with men. So if Apprentice does better with men, all those men should watch show next week. I also wonder how much ratings are impacted by Trump’s legacy, NBC being out on Direct TV as well? I have been a big fan of Apprentice for 15 seasons and hope NBC at least gives it one more season for Arnold to prove himself. Next year is also the 10th anniversary of The Celebrity Apprentice as well, so NBC announce next season being the last one sort of like American Idol.

          • Justin Urciuoli

            its a combination of football, people not watching cuz of Trump’s association and NBC being off Direct TV. Arnold is more well liked than Trump and Apprentice is still a great format and brand. One can hope today Trump announces at his press conference that he gave up his stake on Celebrity Apprentice and all those boycotters return to the show next week, as well as football fans and Direct TV viewers. Alot of comments I read, said they are fans of show and Arnold and them not watching has nothing to do with Arnold but more Trump.

      • Justin Urciuoli

        I love Arnold as host and wish they would get rid of Trump’s EP credit as people are boycotting the show. This season I love the tasks, boardrooms, Arnold, his advisors and contestants. The show is back to basics, educational etc! It has a more positive vibe to it.

    • Garebelman

      I guess we’ll see. Folks say such and such impacts certain shows but it is probably minimal at best.

      • Justin Urciuoli

        I think its a combination of football, people not watching cuz of Trump’s association and NBC being off Direct TV. Arnold is more well liked than Trump and Apprentice is still a great format and brand. One can hope today Trump announces at his press conference that he gave up his stake on Celebrity Apprentice and all those boycotters return to the show next week, as well as football fans and Direct TV viewers. Alot of comments I read, said they are fans of show and Arnold and them not watching has nothing to do with Arnold but more Trump.

  • vlis

    Odd Couple was on cbs at 930. Has the odd couple been cancelled?

    • Marc Berman

      CBS has opted against any other new episodes for The Odd Couple this season. While it is not canceled yet, I am not optimistic for the future.