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Tuesday Overnights: Modest Opening Levels for ABC’s ‘For the People’ and NBC’s ‘Rise’

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  • TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018

    Household Rating/Share
    CBS: 7.0/12, NBC: 6.3/11, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox and CW: 1.5/ 2 each

    -Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
    ABC: + 4, Fox and CW: no change, CBS: – 4, NBC: – 6

    Ratings Breakdown:
    CBS scored another Tuesday overnight household victory, but NBC will rule in adults 18-49 (and all the key demographics) thanks to rock-solid “The Voice” (#2: 7.3 rating/12 share) and the sophomore season finale of “This Is Us” (#1: 7.7/12 – best since this season-opened on Sept. 26, 2017) from 8-10 p.m. ET. CBS featured its compatible combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.3/14 at 8 p.m.), “Bull” (#2: 6.7/11 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 6.0/11 at 10 p.m.).

    In the battle of the new 10 p.m. scripted drama debuts, “Rise” on NBC (#2: 3.8/ 7) bested Shonda Rhimes legal drama “For the People” on ABC (#3: 2.3/ 4) by a considerable 65 percent in the household overnights. But both series trailed CBS’ aforementioned “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 6.0/11). “Rise” held only 50 percent of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “This Is Us” (7.6/12), while dropping by 17 percent in the second half-hour (4.1/ 7 to 3.4/ 6). The year-ago time period featured the series-premiere (two episodes) of sitcom “Trial & Error,” which averaged a similar 3.5/ 5 in the overnights.

    ABC’s “For the People,” meanwhile, was 28 percent above the season (or series) finale of former time period occupant “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” one week earlier (1.8/ 3 on March 6). It was also an improvement from brief year-ago time period entry “People Icons” (1.7/ 3 on 3/14/17). But since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider this an anemic opening in the household overnights for “For the People” (and a disappointing one for NBC’s “Rise”).

    Earlier in the evening, ABC’s 8-10 p.m. sitcom block – “The Middle” (#3: 3.6/ 6), “Fresh off the Boat” (#3: 2.1/ 3) and two episodes of “black-ish” (#3: avg. 2.2/ 3 from 9-10 p.m.) – was below average.

    Elsewhere, The CW was at typical Tuesday overnight levels care of “The Flash” (#4: 1.7/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and freshman “Black Lightning” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which should have no trouble snagging a second season renewal. And Fox opened with an encore telecast of “Lethal Weapon” (#5: 1.5/ 5 at 8 p.m.) into 9-10 p.m. comedies “L.A. To Vegas” (#4: 1.5/ 2) and sophomore “The Mick” (#4: 1.4/ 4). The final eight-episode season of Fox‘s “New Girl” will premiere on Tuesday, April 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET with an hour-long finale on May 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

    What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, March 13 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “The Middle”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS”: 8.3/14 (#1)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 7.0/12 (#2)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#5)
    CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 4 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS”: 8.4/14 (#1)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 7.7/13 (#2)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#5)
    CW – “The Flash”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “black-ish”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#1)
    NBC – “This Is Us” (season finale): 7.9/13 (#1)
    Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “black-ish”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
    CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#1)
    NBC – “This Is Us” (season finale): 7.6/12 (#1)
    Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “For the People” (series premiere): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.1/10 (#1)
    NBC – “Rise” (series premiere): 4.1/ 7 (#2)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “For the People” (series premiere): 2.2/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.9/11 (#1)
    NBC – “Rise” (series premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)

    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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