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Clean Sweep for CBS Tuesday

NBC Sitcom 'Trial & Error" Signs-Off with Minimal Interest

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.2/12, NBC: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.5/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 9, NBC: -11, CW: -14, Fox: -15, CBS: -21

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Tuesday overnight victory for CBS, which finished first in each half-hour care of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.5 rating/14 share), “Bull” (6.7/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (6.4/14). If it “isn’t broke” there is no need to “fix it,” so chances are CBS will leave Tuesday intact next season. The network will announce its fall 2017 primetime schedule on May 17.

In season (or series) finale news, two episodes of NBC sitcom “Trial & Error” did not resonate in the 10 p.m. hour, with a 2.4/ 4 in the household overnights in the 10 p.m. half-hour (#2) and a 1.9/ 3 at 10:30 p.m. That 2.4 overnight rating slipped by a considerable 57 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (#2: 5.6/ 9). Overall, “The Voice” scored a healthy 5.7/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which was 10 percent below the 6.3/10 for a one hour (8-9 p.m.) edition on the year-ago evening.

On Fox week three of the return of “Prison Break” took a tumble, dipping to a fourth-place 1.7/ 3 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 23 percent below the 2.2/ 4 last week but still 55 percent above an encore telecast of lead-in sitcom “The Mick” at 8:30 p.m. (1.1/ 2). At 8 p.m., recent returnee “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” could not compete at a 1.5/ 3 (#4), which trailed competing “The Middle” on ABC (#3: 3.8/ 6) by 60 percent.

ABC, as usual, slid as the evening progressed following “The Middle” with its line-up of “American Housewife” (#3: 3.1/ 5), “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 2.5/ 4), recent entry “Imaginary Mary” (#3: 2.1/ 3) and “Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.7/ 3) from 8:30-11 p.m. Chalk up another flop sitcom for former “Dharma & Greg” star Jenna Elfman!

The CW capped off the night with encore telecasts of “The Flash” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and “iZombie” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, April 18 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.4/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Mick” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.7/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “iZombie” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Imaginary Mary”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “iZombie” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Agents of SHIELD”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.5/11 (#1)
NBC – “Trial & Error”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Agents of SHIELD”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.3/12 (#1)
NBC – “Trial & Error”: 1.9/ 3 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

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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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