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Quiet Return for ‘The Blacklist’ on NBC

CBS Leads Sluggish Thursday

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: – 5, NBC: -10, CBS: -33, ABC: -37, CW: -50

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this third Thursday in April, but was well below average care of encore telecasts of sitcoms “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 5.4/10) and “The Great Indoors” (#2: 3.5/ 6) from 8-9 p.m., and back-to-back episodes of “The Amazing Race” (9 p.m.: #3: 3.0/ 5; 10 p.m.: #2: 2.6/ 5). As the network prepares the primetime blueprints for next season, I personally think “The Amazing Race” would be a great addition in between editions of “Survivor.” But there is no reason to believe “The Great Indoors” will be renewed for a second season. For a look at 10 on the fence broadcast series at present and their chances of renewal, click here

In return series news, two episodes of NBC’s “The Blacklist” were modest at best, with a 3.2/ 5 in the 9 p.m. hour and a 3.3/ 6 at 10 p.m. But that 3.3 overnight household rating at 10 p.m. was 22 percent above the 2.7/ 5 for the season (or series) finale of spin-off “The Blacklist: Redemption” last week. “The Blacklist” is yet another series that does not benefit from a long hiatus.

Earlier in the evening on NBC were sitcoms “Superstore” (#4: 2.2/ 5) and waiting-to-be canceled “Powerless” (#4: 1.4/ 2) from 8-9 p.m.

On ABC, an encore telecast of “Scandal” in place of regularly scheduled “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. (#3: 2.5/ 4) led into a dominant 4.1/ 7 for the regularly scheduled edition of “Scandal” at 9 p.m. Sophomore drama “The Catch,” which has little to no chance of a third season renewal, dipped to a third-place 2.4/ 4 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, “MasterChef Junior” on Fox (#2: 2.6/ 5 at 8 p.m.) led into a 1.4/ 2 for sure-to-be axed reality/competition “Kicking & Screaming” at 9 p.m. (#4: 1.4/ 2). And The CW capped off the evening with a repeat of veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m.) into a mere 0.3/ 1 for e-sports tournament “H1Z1: Fight for the Crown” at 9 p.m.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, April 20:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (R): 2.5/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.4/10 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC –“The Blacklist”: 3.1/ 5 (#3) – return
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “H1Z1: Fight for the Crown”: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC –“The Blacklist”: 3.2/ 5 (#2) – return
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “H1Z1: Fight for the Crown”: 0.3/ 0 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.3/ 6 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.3/ 6 (#1)

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. The Blacklist is still a wonderful show and the second episode of last night’s double episode was one of the best of the series. It is a shame NBC has done everything they could do to kill the show.

    • NBC has done everything to promote it. It launched it, called it a huge hit and then relaunched it the next year, called it a huge hit again etc…

      Why do you think they didn’t push it hard?

        • You’re welcome. 🙂 😛

          But my point isn’t that Blacklist is bad, it’s that it got not one but two huge pushes, as well as the indefatigable support of the NBC brass.

          I’m first in line to criticize executive mistakes, but Blacklist’s current ratings can’t be blamed on lack of support (maybe from creative interference with the show – an endemic problem nowadays).

          • While I don’t defend uber low rated shows (even the ones I watch), even the Masked Scheduler (who was an exec at NBC during Must see TV) and FOX later until a couple of years ago), pretty much said the TV landscape changes constantly even when he was at NBC. While you seem to not believe it, folks like him say that time shifting does have influence as does deals with cable outlets and online outlets as well. That’s why I believe the Blacklist will AT LEAST have a Fifth and final season.

            • But I DO say all the time that the landscape has changed: flops are being renewed routinely and most cable shows get an automatic second season no matter how low the ratings (often they do the automatic renewal before the show even airs a single episode).

              But when I say that people tell me “no, no things don’t change – flops aren’t renewed!!). 😉

              NBC loved to say that “things changed” because it helped explain away the fact they went for over 20 million viewers to 6 under Jeff Zucker.

              They liked that explanation better that the truth which was “we keep making awful shows”…

              Syndication and foreign sales have existed since the dawn of TV, so nothing new there. Online outlets are just an extension of that market which is destined to either replace part of the over-the-air market or remain an outlet that pays very little for little-watched shows (Netflix’ absurd Press releases to the contrary).

              Time shifting does have an influence, but has been gong on for at least 20 years. People programmed their VCRs before they programmed their DVRs… It was actually a big to-do at the time because the networks wanted to be sure every VCR viewer was counted and the advertisers didn’t want to pay for people who delayed viewing too much (thus was live+sd born!!)

              So yes, things have changed, but mostly not the things that the executives use to justify their bad shows with bad ratings.

              As for the Blacklist, I’d bet on a 5th season. It’s doing better than NBC’s many DOA shows and something has to be fed to the syndication machine.

    • I happen to agree. That was the kind of episodes I have missed. Less focus on Liz and that baby and on THIS type of storytelling. Superb. I am going to love this rivalry between Red and Mr. Kaplan