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Solid Sampling for ‘Young Sheldon’ on CBS and ‘The Good Doctor’ on ABC

CBS Opens the Season First in the Household Overnights

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Night One of 2017-18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.8/11, ABC: 6.6/11, NBC: 5.9/10, Fox: 1.6/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Night 1 of 2016-17 (9/19/16):
ABC: + 8, CBS: + 1, CW: -14, NBC: -17, Fox: -45

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Ratings Breakdown:
On your mark, get set, go! CBS topped this first night of the 2017-18 TV season in the household overnights, besting ABC and NBC by 3 and 15 percent, respectively. But NBC could be in the position to challenge CBS for leadership in adults 18-49 (and the other key demos) thanks to the return of “The Voice.”

In new series results, there were two standouts: “Young Sheldon” on CBS and “The Good Doctor” on ABC. “Young Sheldon,” the prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,” opened with a dominant 10.7 rating/17 share at 8:30 p.m., which held 94 percent of the “Big Bang” lead-in (season premiere: #1 for the night – 11.4/18 at 8 p.m.). Needless to say, the flow is seamless. Episode two of “Young Sheldon” opens in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half-hour (out of “Big Bang”) on Nov. 2. Be patient!

ABC medical drama “The Good Doctor,” starring “Bates Motel’s” Freddie Highmore, launched with a dominant 7.5/12 in the household overnights in the 10 p.m. hour, which built from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Dancing with the Stars” (6.1/10) by 23 percent. There was also no loss in household rating at 10:30 p.m., and “The Good Doctor” outdelivered the series-premiere of NBC drama “The Brave” (4.0/ 7) and the season premiere of CBS’ “Scorpion” (3.9/ 7) by 87 and 92 percent, respectively.

Comparably, “The Brave” slipped by 44 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (7.2/11), which “Scorpion” dropped from the series-premiere of CBS sitcom “Me, Myself & I” (#3: 4.7/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) by 17 percent.

Also on CBS was the sophomore season premiere of ‘Kevin Can Wait” at a 6.4/10 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which only made two small references to the passing of Erinn Hayes as Donna (and benefited by the lead-in support from “Young Sheldon”).

In the battle of the reality/competitions, a 6.8/11 for the season-premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” from 8-10 p.m. was 11 percent above the 6.1/10 for ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Last season, “The Voice” opened with an 8.0/12, while “Dancing with the Stars” was at a 7.6/12.

Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider the launch of NBC’s “The Brave” a disappointment. But “Young Sheldon,” as expected, is poised for solid success this season, while ample sampling for “The Good Doctor” is a nice surprise. Let’s see what happens next week, and beyond, with “Me, Myself & I.”

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, September 25, 2017.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.1/10 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (season premiere): 11.4/18 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.4/10 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season finale): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.1/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (series premiere): 10.7.17 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season finale): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.2/10 (#3)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (season premiere): 6.4/10 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 7.2/11 (#1)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season finale): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.2/10 (#2)
CBS – “Me, Myself & I” (series premiere): 4.7/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 7.2/11 (#1)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season finale): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor” (series premiere): 7.5/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (season premiere): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Brave” (series premiere): 4.3/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor” (series premiere): 7.5/13 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (season premiere): 3.7/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Brave” (series premiere): 3.6/ 7 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by 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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