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Tuesday Overnights: Respectable Sampling for ‘Black Lightning’ on The CW

NBC Wins Night Over Encore Telecasts on CBS

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.7/ 9, CBS: 5.1/ 8, ABC and Fox: 2.6/ 4 each, CW: 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CW: +200, Fox: +37, NBC: +14, ABC: + 4, CBS: -34

-Ratings Breakdown:
“Ellen’s Game of Games” opened on dominant NBC with a second-place 5.3 rating/9 share at 8 p.m., which was 32 percent above the 4.0/ 6 for game show “The Wall” on the year-ago evening.

Next on NBC was sophomore “This Is Us,” which topped the night at a 6.7/10 in the 9 p.m. hour, followed by reliable “Chicago Med” at a dominant 4.9/ 9 at 10 p.m. Comparably, “Chicago Med” bested a repeat of “Bull” on CBS (#2: 3.8/ 7) and ABC’s struggling “Kevin (Probably) Saved the World” (#3: 1.9/ 3) by 29 percent and 158 percent, respectively.

In series-premiere news, action drama “Black Lightning” on The CW was adequately sampled, with a 1.7/ 3 (#4t) in the household overnights at 9 p.m. out of a 1.9/ 3 for lead-in “The Flash.” Comparably, failed year-ago time period occupant “No Tomorrow” on The CW only scored a 0.4/ 1 in Tuesday 9 p.m. time period (on 1/17/17).

Earlier in the evening on CBS were encore telecasts of “NCIS” (#1: 6.0/10) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#2: 5.5/ 9) from 8-10 p.m.

In series-premiere news, action drama “Black Lightning” on The CW was adequately sampled, with a 1.7/ 3 (#4t) in the household overnights at 9 p.m. out of a 1.9/ 3 for lead-in “The Flash.” Comparably, failed year-ago time period occupant “No Tomorrow” on The CW only scored a 0.4/ 1 in Tuesday 9 p.m. time period (on 1/17/17).

Earlier in the evening on CBS were encore telecasts of “NCIS” (#1: 6.0/10) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#2: 5.5/ 9) from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC had nothing unusual to repeat with its 8-10 p.m. sitcom rotation of “The Middle” (#3: 4.1/ 6), “Fresh Off the Boat” (#4: 2.6/ 4), “black-ish” (#3: 2.7/ 4) and a repeat of “Modern Family” (#3: 2.0/ 3). The long awaited return of “Roseanne” on March 27 will, no doubt, ignite the evening for the alphabet net. And Fox featured its regularly scheduled combination of “Lethal Weapon” (#3: 3.4/ 5) and sitcoms “LA to Vegas” (#4: 2.0/ 4), which recently had its first season episode order increased by three episodes, and sophomore “The Mick” (#5: 1.6/ 3), which has lost ground at 9:30 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, January 16 half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.1/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 6.1/10 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.5/ 6 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.9/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.4/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans” (R): 5.5/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.9/11 (#1)
Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning” (series premiere): 1.7/ 3 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans” (R): 5.5/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.6/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)
CW – “Black Lightning” (series premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.0/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 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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  1. Black Lightning was pretty good. Pretty much retained all of the Flash lead in which seems to be rare since the Flash is the higher rated of the DC shows on their network