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Thursday Overnights: Mixed Results for the New Midseason Series

'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Young Sheldon' Lead CBS to Victory

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

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  • Household Rating/Share
    CBS: 5.5/10, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

    -Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
    CBS: +22, CW: no change, ABC: – 5, Fox: -10, NBC: -11

    Ratings Breakdown:
    The household overnight results were mixed for the recent trio of new Thursday night scripted network entries. Week two of “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Station 19” on ABC was consistent at a second-place 4.0 rating/7 share in households in the 9 p.m. hour (which last week translated into 5.34 million viewers and a 1.1 rating/5 share, based on the Live+Same Day data). Comparably, that was 25 percent below its “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in (#2: 5.3/ 9 from 8-9 p.m.) and it led into a third-place 3.0/ 6 for relocated (and soon-to-conclude) “Scandal” at 10 p.m.

    The two new NBC comedies, “A.P. Bio” at 8:30 p.m. and “Champions” at 9:30 p.m., were off the overnight charts, each with a 1.4/ 2 in households. Comparably, “A.P. Bio” dipped by 33 percent from lead-in “Superstore” (#3: 2.1/ 4 in the 8 p.m. half-hour), and “Champions” was 52 percent below “Will & Grace” at 9 p.m. (#3: 2.9/ 5).

    Despite the minimal lead-in support, “Chicago Fire” perked up to a dominant 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights at 10 p.m.

    As always, “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS topped the night, with a rock-solid 8.7/16 at 8 p.m. And that led into a very dominant 7.5/13 for prequel “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 p.m., which has held more of the “Big Bang” lead-in this season than any other show in the past.

    Next on the Eye net was “Mom” at a first-place 5.6/10 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which has clearly benefited with stronger lead-in support, followed by “Life in Pieces” at a 4.0/ 7 (#2) at 9:30 p.m. At 10 p.m. on CBS was recently renewed “S.W.A.T.” at a 3.5/ 6 (#2) at 10 p.m.

    Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its pairing of “Gotham” (#3: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “Showtime at the Apollo” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.). And The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which are both expected back next season.

    What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, March 29 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.4/10 (#2)
    CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.7/16 (#1)
    NBC – “Superstore”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#2)
    CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.5/13 (#1)
    NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Station 19”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
    CBS – “Mom”: 5.6/10 (#1)
    NBC – “Will & Grace”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Station 19”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
    CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
    NBC – “Champions”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal” (time period premiere): 3.1/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.6/ 6 (#1t)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.6/ 6 (#1t)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal” (time period premiere): 2.9/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.7/ 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 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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