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Promising Tuesday Start for ABC’s ‘Downward Dog’

ABC Wins in the Overnights; NBC the Network to Beat in the Key Demos

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.0/10, NBC: 4.8/ 8, CBS: 4.6/ 6, CW: 1.4/ 2, Fox: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +28, Fox: no change, ABC: – 2, CW: -18, NBC: -20

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was the battle of the reality/competition season finales last night, with “Dancing with the Stars” leading ABC to household overnight victory and “The Voice” expected to lift NBC to first in adults 18-49 and all the key young adult demos. “Dancing with the Stars” concluded with a 6.4 rating/11 share in households from 8:30-11 p.m., which was 15 percent below the 7.5/12 year-ago season-ender. And “The Voice” scored a comparable 6.1/10 from 9-11 p.m., which was eight percent below the 6.6/11 one year earlier.

In time period news, ABC’s “Downward Dog” scored a very promising 4.1/ 7 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which outdelivered competing comedies “Great News” on NBC (#2: 2.1/ 4) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox (#5: 1.4/ 2) by 95 percent and 193 percent, respectively. Since some of the tune-in for “Downward Dog” could have been the pre-interest in the “Dancing with the Stars” season finale, let’s see what happens next week. But consider this extremely promising.

Second episodes of “Great News” (#3: 2.1/ 4) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#5: 1.1/ 2), both season-enders, aired in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” led into a fourth-place 1.4/ 2 for the revival of “Prison Break,” which according to Fox could be returning at a later time. Based on the interest, or really lack of this season, I would let it quietly end.

Also populating the 8 p.m. hour was the season-finale of “The Flash” on The CW at a third-place 2.2/ 4. That led into a 0.7/ 1 for “iZombie” at 9 p.m., which slid by an extensive 62 percent.

The night’s other season-ender was CBS drama “Bull,” which was solid at a third-place 5.6/ 9 from 9-10 p.m. “Bull” led into a third-place 3.2/ 4 for “48 Hours: NCIS” at 10 p.m. Earlier in the evening on CBS was an encore telecast of “NCIS” at a 5.1/ 8 (#2) from 8-9 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, May 23 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Downward Dog” (time period premiere): 4.1/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Great News”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 14/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 2.2/ 4 (#3)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” (season finale): 6.2/10 (#1)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.1/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Great News” (season finale): 2.1/ 3 (#3t)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (season finale): 1.1/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 2.1/ 4 (#3t)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” (season finale): 6.4/10 (#1)
CBS – “Bull” (season finale): 5.7/ 9 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 5.8/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” (season finale): 6.3/10 (#1)
CBS – “Bull” (season finale): 5.5/ 9 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 6.0/10 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” (season finale): 6.3/10 (#1)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 6.2/10 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars” (season finale): 6.7/12 (#1)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 6.4/11 (#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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