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Thursday Overnights: Newbie Network Entries Marred by the Summer Doldrums

'Hooten & the Lady' on The CW is the Latest Disappointment


Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 7, CBS: 3.1/ 6, Fox: 2.1/ 4, ABC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +117, CW: +50, Fox: no change, CBS: -11, ABC: -41

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led the Thursday household overnights thanks to a Best of Auditions edition of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent,” which topped the night at a 4.7 rating/9 share in the 8 p.m. hour. And that gave a boost to lead-out game show “The Wall” (2: 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.), which trailed competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#1: 3.8/ 7) by just five percent.

The bigger observation, however, is the ongoing lack of interest in the new network summer programming. The latest is the debut of adventure themed docuseries “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW at a modest 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m. (out of a 1.1/ 2 for the season premiere of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” at 8 p.m.).

New summer series tallies: ABC’s “Boy Band” scored a mere 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. into the revivals of “Battle of the Network Stars” (#3: 2.0/ 3) and “The Gong Show” (#3: 1.9/ 3) from 9-11 p.m. And just renewed “Beat Shazam” on Fox (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 8 p.m.) led into a 1.9/ 3 (#4) for the revival of “Love Connection” at 9 p.m.

Also lagging is season three of CBS drama “Zoo” at a last-place 1.9/ 3 at 10 p.m.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, July 13:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 1.9/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.2/ 8 (2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent”: Best Auditions: 4.7/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Beat Shazam” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (season premiere): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 1.6/ 3 (4)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent”: Best Auditions: 4.7/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Beat Shazam”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (season premiere): 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.9/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Hooten & the Lady” (series premiere): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Boy Band”: 2.0/ 3 (#3t)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.98/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 2.0/ 4 (#3t)
CW – “Hooten & the Lady” (series premiere): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Zoo”: 2.1/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.9/ 5 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 1.9/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.9/ 5 (#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 ( 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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  1. I’m glad to see Battle of the Network Stars settling in and I’m still enjoying the show despite the desperate need of a format change. I’ve seen people’s suggestions on how to fix the show I think they’re right. I think the best thing that they can do is make the show feel like a live sports event and really get rid of the highlight show format they’re using now.

    Push the show to 2-hours and show the sports in their entirety live and have the teams compete on a regular basis going into a playoff tournament with an end of the season prize preferably a cash prize for all of the teammates.

    If you watch Big 3 Basketball on FS1 this summer you have to love how that’s setup I want BOTNS to take a number of number from that and set their show up that same way.

    BOTNS is a quick fix for ABC honestly they need to do like some people have suggested on other sites and bring back Wipeout to really expand that Wide World of Sports franchise. This show is way too important and has a lot of upside to give up on it so I hope to see these changes made to it if they bring it back next season.

  2. Actually, “Hooten and the Lady” is NOT a docuseries–it is a scripted drama that originated on Sky One in the UK. Although summer is usually The CW’s time for unscripted (especially magic-related and “Whose Line?”), I recall they ran a Britcom last summer to no particular success, even by their standards.