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Thursday Overnights: ABC’s Summer Line-Up Left at the Starting Gate

'The Gong Show,' 'The Match Game' and Scripted Drama 'Take Two' All Underwhelm

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.0/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 7, ABC: – 4, NBC: – 8, CW: -17, Fox: -18

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was off, but not necessarily running with its summer Thursday night line-up. Season two of the revival of “The Gong Show,” now at 8 p.m., opened with a modest 2.1 rating/4 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was 25 percent below the 2.8/ 5 for its series premiere on the year-ago evening at 10 p.m. ET. And it trailed NBC’s competing “Little Big Shots” (#2: 3.7/ 7), hosted by Steve Harvey, by 43 percent.

Next on the alphabet net was the season premiere of “The Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at a 2.4/ 4 (#2) at 9 p.m., followed by the series-premiere of scripted drama “Take Two” at a 2.4/ 5 (#1) at 10 p.m. Since most new series drop by 10 to 20 percent in week two, I would not get too used to “Take Two.”

Also original last night were two more episodes of NBC sophomore sitcom “Marlon,” which could not compete at an average 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. And Fox singing competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom” lagged at a modest 1.8/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, June 21roken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (season premiere): 2.3/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 3.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 3.7/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (season premiere): 1.9/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.8/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 3.7/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (season premiere): 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (season premiere): 2.5/ 5 (#1t)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#1t)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two” (series premiere): 2.5/ 5 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.3/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two” (series premiere): 2.4/ 5 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.9/ 4 (#3)

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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