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Tuesday Overnights: Pauley Perrette’s Departure From ‘NCIS’ Ignites Veteran CBS Drama

'Roseanne' Remains a Powerhouse on ABC

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6/13, NBC: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +55, Fox: +13, CBS: + 7, NBC: – 7, CW: -21

Ratings Breakdown:
Pauley Perrette’s departure from “NCIS” ignited the veteran CBS drama, with a 9.8 rating/17 share in the household overnights. Comparably, this was an increase of 21 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from one week earlier (8.1/14 on May 1) and the year-ago evening (8.5/14 on 5/09/17). But this did not negatively impact competing “Roseanne” on ABC, which was consistent from last week with a 6.9/12 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was 97 percent above the 3.5/ 6 for year-ago time period occupant “The Middle” and it could very well lead the week again among adults 18-49.

“The Middle,” which concludes its nine-season run on May 22, followed with a 4.1/ 7 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m.

In season (or series finale) news, Fox’s sophomore “Lethal Weapon” scored a modest 2.3/ 4 in the 8 p.m. hour. If the series does return for season three, it will do so without co-lead Clayne Crawford. Fox and its studio partner Warner Bros. TV are searching for a new actor to play Martin Riggs opposite Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh following complaints against the actor for emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.

Also airing in the 8 p.m. hour was NBC’s “The Voice” (#2: 4.7/ 8) and “The Flash” on The CW (#5: 1.4/ 2).

Tops in the 9 p.m. hour was CBS’ veteran “Bull” at a 7.7/13 in households, which outdelivered the No. 2 occupants – ABC sitcoms “black-ish” (3.4/ 6) and “Splitting Up Together” (2.6/ 4) – by an average of 157 percent. Next was freshman drama “Rise” on NBC (#3: 2.5/ 4), which cannot compare to recent time period occupant “This Is Us,” followed by two episodes of Fox’s soon-to-conclude “New Girl” (avg. 1.2/ 2) and The CW’s just renewed “The 100” (#5: 0.8/ 1). Chances are “The 100” will remain a midseason benchwarmer for the network next season.

CBS remained in the overnight winner’s circle in the 10 p.m. hour care of “NCIS: New Orleans” at a 5.2/ 9, followed by “Chicago Med” on NBC (3.8/ 7), which could be the show to beat in the hour in the key demos, and ABC’s failing “For the People” (#3: 1.6/ 3).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, May 8 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Roseanne”: 6.9/12 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.6/17 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 4.6/ 8 (#3)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (season or series finale): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.5/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 10.0/17 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (season or series finale): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.7/13 (#1)
NBC – “Rise”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together”: 3.4/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#1)
NBC – “Rise”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.8/ 7 (#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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