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Thursday Overnights: ABC’s ‘Quantico’ Season Opener Left at the Starting Gate

Another Easy Victory for CBS

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 3.1/ 5, NBC: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +107, CBS: +21, CW: +12, ABC: – 3, NBC: -27

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS’ 8-9 p.m. combination of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 8.0 rating/14 share) and prequel spin-off “Young Sheldon” (#1: 7.1/12) led the Eye net to a typical Thursday overnight victory, last night besting No. 2 ABC by 44 percent in households.

In season-premiere news, ABC drama “Quantico” was left at the starting gate, with a mere 2.0/ 4 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, that slipped from lead-in “Station 19” (#2: 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m.) by 46 percent, and it trailed competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#1: 3.8/ 7) and “S.W.A.T.” on CBS (#2: 3.4/ 6) by 47 percent and 41 percent, respectively. “Quantico” was also nine percent below year-ago time period occupant “The Catch” (2.2/ 4 on 4/27/17).

Earlier in the evening on ABC was veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” at a consistent (and second place) 5.0/ 8 from 8-9 p.m.

Also on CBS was the 9-10 p.m. combination of sitcoms “Mom” (#1: 5.5/ 9) and “Life in Pieces” (#1: 4.0/ 7), which have both benefited from the improved lead-in support from “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox populated the evening with night one of the 2018 NFL Draft, which averaged a 3.1/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. NBC was basically off the overnight charts with its 8-10 p.m. comedy combination of “Superstore” (#4: 2.0/ 3), “A.P. Bio” (#4: 1.2/ 2), a repeat of “Will & Grace” (#4: 1.4/ 2) and “Champions” (#4: 1.1/ 2). Needless to say, both “A.P. Bio” and “Champions” have no shot at a second season. And The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.0/ 2) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which both are confirmed to return next season.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, April 5 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.0/14 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
Fox – 2018 NFL Draft: 3.1/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.1/12 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
Fox – 2018 NFL Draft: 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace” (R): 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – 2018 NFL Draft: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Champions”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico” (season premiere): 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.8/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico” (season premiere): 1.9/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.9/ 7 (#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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