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Respectable Sampling for NBC’s ‘Great News’ and ’48 Hours: NCIS’ on CBS

Fox Remains Out of the Competitive Loop

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.7/ 8, CBS: 4.3/ 7, ABC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +13, ABC: -10, CBS: -14, NBC: -22, CW: -24

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Ratings Breakdown:
With “NCIS” and “Bull” on CBS in repeats, NBC led the Tuesday overnights, besting the No. 2 Eye net by nine percent in households. There were two network series premieres: NBC sitcom “Great News” and CBS spin-off “48 Hours: NCIS.”

With “Fresh Off the Boat” on ABC also an encore, “Great News” was sampled at a second-place 3.4 rating/6 share in the 9 p.m. half hour. Excluding the expanded episode of “The Voice” last week, this was NBC’s best overnight household rating in the time period since the “This Is Us” season-finale on March 14. There is every reason to believe “Great News” will also dominate the half-hour in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). But that 3.4 overnight rating held only 54 percent of “The Voice” lead-in (#1: 6.3/10 from 8-9 p.m.). And two of the competing networks were in repeats, so let’s see what happens in future weeks.

A second episode of “Great News” slipped to a 2.8/ 5 (#2) at 9:30 p.m., which outdelivered competing “Imaginary Mary” on ABC (#3t: 1.9/ 3) by 47 percent.

On CBS, “48: Hours: NCIS,” yet another attempt to capitalize on the successful “NCIS” theme, opened with a respectable second-place 3.8/ 7 in the 10 p.m. hour. Comparably, that trailed competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#1: 4.7/ 8) by 19 percent. One week earlier, “NCIS: New Orleans” scored a 6.4/12 in the hour, but failed drama “Limitless” was only at a 3.5/ 6 one year earlier.

In the distant third place position on ABC was drama “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” at a mere 1.6/ 3.

Earlier in the evening on ABC were encore telecasts of “The Middle” (#3: 2.7/ 5), “American Housewife” (#3: 2.0/ 3) and aforementioned “Fresh Off the Boat” (#4: 1.8/ 3) from 8-9:30 p.m. The repeat installments of CBS’ “NCIS” (2: 4.7/ 8) and “Bull” (#1: 4.5/ 7), meanwhile, were at typical non-original levels from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its line-up of sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#5: 1.4/ 2) and “The Mick” (#4: 1.6/ 3) and the recent revival of “Prison Break” (#3t: 1.9/ 3), which got a slight boost from the 1.7/ 3 one week earlier. And The CW featured “The Flash” (#4: 1.9/ 3), which dropped by 21 percent from the 2.4/ 4 in the household overnights one year earler, and “iZombie” (#5: 0.8/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, April 25 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/11 (#1)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Great News” (series premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Imaginary Mary”: 1.9/ 3 (#3t)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 4.4/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Great News”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Prison Break”: 1.9/ 3 (#3t)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Agents of SHIELD”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS” (series premiere): 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS” (series premiere): 3.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.7/ 9 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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. I really enjoyed Great News last night. Laughed out loud a couple times. I thought the writing was fresh and all the performances were pretty good for first episodes of a sitcom. I hope NBC sticks with it for awhile.

  2. That Les Moonves let 48Hrs: NCIS be greenlit shows how far he has let CBS stray from the winning formula he employed at the beginning if his tenure (with original and creatively ambitious shows like CSI).