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Sluggish Overnight Results for Original Thursday Night Fare

But The Debut of 'Battle of the Network Stars' on ABC Builds Considerably Out of Week Two of 'Boy Band'

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.0/ 4, NBC: 2.7/ 5, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +43, NBC: + 8, CW: no change, CBS: – 6, ABC: -15

-Ratings Breakdown:
Based on the overall modest overnights for the glut of original programming last night, it is going to be a long summer. The time period return of CBS mainstay “Big Brother” was the highest rated of the lot, but a 3.2 rating/6 share in households at 9 p.m. was 11 percent below the 3.6/ 6 on the year-ago evening. On Wednesday this week, the 3.6 overnight household rating for the two-hour season-premiere of “Big Brother” translated into 5.88 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data from Nielsen.

“Big Brother” led into the third season premiere of drama “Zoo” at a 2.1/ 4 at 10 p.m., which was nine percent below the 2.3/ 4 for a repeat of “Code Black” on the year-ago evening , and 32 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of “ Big Brother” (3.1/ 6).

First in the 10 p.m. hour was NBC medical drama “The Night Shift,” but it only scored a 2.6/ 5 in the household overnights. Third was week two of ABC’s revival of “The Gong Show,” which at a 2.3/ 4 was eight percent below the 2.5/ 5 one week earlier. And that 2.5 overnight rating translated into just 3.89 million viewers and a 0.9/ 4 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Hollywood Game Night” (#2: 2.6/ 5) into the return of recent returning game show “The Wall” (#2: 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.).

In series premiere news, ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network Stars” finished third in the 9 p.m. hour with a 2.7/ 5 in households. Comparably, however, that was up by 50 percent from the 1.8/ 3 for “Boy Band” at 8 p.m. But compared to the year-ago series-premiere of “Greatest Hits” (3.3/ 6 on 6/30/16), it was down by 18 percent.

The 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights for aforementioned “Boy Band” on ABC at 8 p.m. was 18 percent below its already modest 2.2/ 4 debut one week earlier.

Over at Fox was the pairing of “Love Connection” (#3: 2.1/ 4) and “Beat Shazam” (#4: 1.8/ 3), which finished fourth overall for the evening. First for the night was an encore telecast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 4.3/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which led into a repeat of “Life in Pieces” at a 2.9/ 5 (#1) at 8:30 p.m. And The CW populated the night with back-to-back repeats of “Supernatural,” which averaged a 0.6/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, June 29:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 1.9/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.3/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Hollywood Game Night”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Beat Shazam”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “Hollywood Game Night”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Beat Shazam”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother” (time period return): 3.4/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother” (time period return): 3.1/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Zoo” (season premiere); 2.2/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.6/ 5 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.2/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Zoo” (season premiere); 2.0/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.6/ 5 (#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. Third was week two of ABC’s revival of “The Gong Show,” which at a 2.3/ 4 was eight percent below the 2.5/ 5 one week earlier. And that 2.5 overnight rating translated into just 3.89 million viewers and a 0.9/ 4 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

    Wasnt The Gong at 2.8 HH last week?

      • Get Outta here!!!! Battle of the Network stars was GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. Blair and Tootie oh yeah. More BNS ABC PLEASE

  2. I thought Battle of the Network Stars did okay behind Boy Band which was going to be a daunting task behind that low of a lead-in but it almost came within striking distance of BB and The Wall who both had way better lead-ins. Not sure how it will rate the rest of the summer but this is a nice start though. In my opinion if BOTNS grows like this again out of Boy Band they should consider starting the night off with BOTNS at 8pm.

    On the quality side BOTNS was much better than I expected it caught my attention the whole hour as the competition was pretty close and had an upset which was nice. It left me wanting me more though which is a good thing it felt like one hour wasn’t enough as they had a highlight feel to half of the sports. Can’t wait for Sex Symbols vs. Variety next week because both of those teams are young and it might be come down to the tug-of-war like last night’s match came down to.