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Thursday Overnights: NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Beats the Debut of ‘Station 19’ on ABC

The Ongoing NCAA Basketball Tournament Leads CBS to Overnight Victory

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 4.5/ 8, NBC: 3.9/ 7, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +50, CBS: +18, ABC: +10, CW: no change, Fox: – 5

Ratings Breakdown:
The ongoing NCAA Basketball Tournament led CBS to Thursday overnight household victory. But the bigger story was the series-premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Station 19” opposite competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC. Both aired two episodes last night, and the double-dose of “Chicago Fire” was the winner, with a 4.7/ 8 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. versus a 3.9/ 7 for “Station 19.”

Comparably, that gave “Chicago Fire” (which built by 135 percent from lead-in “A.P. Bio” – #3, 2.0/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.) a 21 percent advantage. “Station 19,” meanwhile, dipped by 29 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.5/ 9). But the second episode of “Station 19” in the 10 p.m. hour (#3: 3.7/ 6) was 42 percent above year-ago time period occupant “The Catch” (2.6/ 5 on 3/23/17). The 9 p.m. hour (#3: 4.0/ 6) was on par with “Scandal” on the year-ago evening.

Next Thursday, “Station” 19” will air in its regularly scheduled Thursday 9 p.m. hour on ABC into the final episodes of relocated “Scandal” at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, sitcom “Superstore” opened the evening for NBC with a typical 2.7/ 5 (#3) in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Fox could not compete with tired “Gotham” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m.) into recent entry “Showtime at the Apollo” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 9 p.m.). And The CW featured encore telecasts of “Supernatural” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, March 22 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.8/10 (#1)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.3/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (series premiere): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 7.7/13 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (series premiere): 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (series premiere): 3.7/ 6 (#3)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 5.6/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.9/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (series premiere): 3.7/ 7 (#3)
CBS – 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.8/ 9 (#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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