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Overnight Scorecard: CBS Leads First Thursday in May

Freshman Entries 'The Catch' on ABC, 'Rush Hour' on CBS, 'American Gtir' on Fox, and NBC's 'Strong' and 'Game of Silence' Continue to Underperform

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +11, ABC: -13, CBS: -14, NBC: -22, Fox: -35

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this first Thursday in May, besting No. 2 ABC by seven percent in the household overnights. Tops for the evening, of course, was “The Big Bang Theory” at a 9.0 rating/16 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But a 5.1/ 9 for sophomore “The Odd Couple” at 8:30 p.m. (which begins a second weekly airing Monday at 9:30 p.m. next week) slipped by a considerable 43 percent.

Next on CBS was “Mom” at a dominant 5.4/ 8 at 9 p.m., which built from “The Odd Couple” by six percent, followed by “2 Broke Girls” at a third-place 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. and recent entry “Rush Hour” at a 3.1/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m. There is no reason to expect a second season renewal for “Rush House.”

ABC had nothing unusual to report in the household overnights with its combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 5.8/10), “Scandal” (#2: 4.8/ 7) and recent Shonda Rhimes entry “The Catch” (#1: 3.4/ 6), which was on par with year-ago time period occupant “American Crime.” Given how poorly ABC has fared in the new scripted drama department this season, a second season of “The Catch” is very possible.

Next was NBC, which will have to repair the Thursday 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET hours next season. Recent reality/competition “Strong” did not live up to its title, with a distant fourth-place 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m. Next was “The Blacklist,” which perked up to a third-place 4.5/ 7 at 9 p.m. But recent drama addition “Game of Silence,” despite the positive reviews, slipped to a 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 32 percent below “Dateline” on the year-ago evening (3.4/ 6 on 5/6/15). The logical solution for the Thursday 10 p.m. hour on NBC next season is recent occupant “Shades of Blue.”

Elsewhere, Fox’s “Bones” (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which is concluding next season, led into a mere 1.2/ 2 for waiting-to-be canceled “American Grit” at 9 p.m. And “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW scored a typical 1.3/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. into a modest 0.8/ 1 for “The 100” at 9 p.m.

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. I find The Catch is similar to some our comments here about Crim Minds Beyond Borders. Good premise, but just not a very good show. I watched, and loved, M. Enos in every episode of The Killing, she was a perfect fit for that show, but definitely not “a Catch” here. Not all the cast, but I find the acting isn’t very good. Maybe the word is “overacting”? …not sure. But its not working.