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Respectable Sampling for ‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’ on NBC

Metered Markets

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 6.0 rating/9 share, CBS: 4.7/ 8, NBC: 4.3/ 7, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.5/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +36, Fox:+20, NBC: +19, CBS: -25, ABC: -71


“American Idol” (Fox), “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS)

“D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)

-Respectable Sampling:
“You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC)

-Nothing Special:

“Angel From Hell” (CW)

“My Diet is Better Than Yours” (ABC), “The 100” (CW)


Ratings Breakdown:
Note: The Republican Debate aired on Fox News Channel from 9-11 p.m.

Fox led the household overnights on this final January Thursday care of “American Idol,” which at a 6.0 rating/10 share from 8-10 p.m. was just eight percent below the 6.5/10 for a one-hour edition on the year-ago evening. All things considered, “American Idol” will be exiting on a positive note in this 15th – and final – season.

In series-premiere news, NBC got some traction out of “You, Me and the Apocalypse”,” which originally aired in Britain for 10 episodes in 2015. The one-hour comedy, starring Rob Lowe, scored a third-place 3.3/ 5 in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m., which generated the network’s strongest regular-program household rating in the time period since Oct. 1, 2015 (with the season’s second episode of “Heroes Reborn,” 3.6/6). Comparably, “You Me and the Apocalypse” also opened 38 percent above the prior three week average overnight household rating for “Heroes Reborn” (2.4).

Both “The Blacklist” (#2” 4.9/ 8 at 9 p.m.) and recently introduced “Shades of Blue” (#1: 4.5/ 8) on NBC from 9-11 p.m. held up well opposite the Republican Debate, with “Shades” inching closer to a second season renewal each week.

In season (or series) finale news, “My Diet is Better Than Yours” on ABC concluded with a slim 1.5/ 2 from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, that was 48 percent below lead-in “Beyond the Tank” (#4: 2.9/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.). The hefty year-to-year decline of 71 percent overall for ABC in these overnight households is a result of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” airing on the year-ago evening.

In week two news, “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW scored a 1.9/ 3 in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was an expected 17 percent below the 2.3/ 4 launch one week earlier. That 2.3 overnight rating translated into 3.21 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. Comparably, this was 36 percent above former time period occupant “The Vampire Diaries” on the year-ago evening (1.4/ 2 on 1/29/15). And it led into a 1.0/ 2 for “The 100” at 9 p.m., which slipped by a considerable 47 percent.

Elsewhere, CBS featured encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 6.1/10), “Mom” (#2: 4.7/ 7) and another episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (#3: 4.9/ 8) from 8-9:30 p.m. into episode four of sitcom “Angel From Hell” (#3: 4.3/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) and DVR-friendly crime solver “Elementary” (#2: 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “Angel From Hell” is only on par from short-lived year-ago occupant “The McCarthys.”

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 ( 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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