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Respectable Sampling for NBC Sitcom ‘Marlon’

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded since NBC aired the 2016 Summer Olympics.

-Ratings Breakdown:
“America’s Got Talent” on NBC squashed a still respectably rated edition of “Big Brother” on CBS, with a 7.1 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. “Big Brother,” which features a double eviction this evening, scored a 4.1/ 7.

“America’s Got Talent” led into the debut of sitcom “Marlon,” starring Marlon Wayans, at a second-place 3.6/ 6 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which was clearly sampled. But “Marlon” also dipped by 51 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “AGT” (7.3/13). A second episode of “Marlon” dipped to a 2.9/ 5 (#2) at 9:30 p.m.

In the specials department was “CMA Fest 2017” on ABC, which scored a 3.4/ 6 in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. (peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour at a 4.0/ 7).

In season (or finale) news, “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” closed its marginally rated first season with a quiet 1.1/ 2 in the 9 p.m. hour. The lead-in, “MasterChef,” averaged a 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.

Also original last night were two episodes of failing CBS drama “Salvation” at an average 1.9/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, August 16 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 3.0/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.2/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent”: 6.9/13 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent”: 7.3/13 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Salvation”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “Marlon” (series premiere): 3.6/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (season or series finale): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 3.8/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Salvation”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
NBC – “Marlon”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (season or series finale): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Salvation”: 1.9/ 3 (#2t)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#2t)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “CMA Fest 2017”: 3.2/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Salvation”: 1.9/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#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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  1. Regarding your Big Brother survey question, I can’t believe people aren’t thinking of dumping Matt now for not taking himself off the block. It goes to show what a bad season it is from a gameplay standpoint with everyone sharing Paul’s brain.