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Tuesday Overnights: ‘Roseanne’ Dominates; Over 21-Million Viewers This Week is the Prediction

Week Two of ABC's 'Splitting Up Together' Drops by 21 Percent

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  • TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018

    Household Rating/Share
    CBS: 6.9/12, NBC: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 4.3/ 7, Fox: 1.5/ 2, CW: 0.9/ 2

    -Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
    ABC: +79, NBC: + 5, CW: no change, CBS: – 4, Fox: -25

    Ratings Breakdown:
    It was all about ABC’s “Roseanne,” with episode three of the revival at a significant 9.8 rating/16 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was 14 percent below the 11.4/19 for the week-ago series return, which translated into a staggering 25-million viewers (and a 7.3 rating in adults 18-49), based on the Live+3 Day data from Nielsen. Do the math, and expect “Roseanne” to potentially pass the 21-million mark this week. “Roseanne” was also 165 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Middle,” which moved into the 8:30 p.m. half-hour last night for its final episodes at a season high (and third place) 5.1/ 8 at 8:30 p.m.

    In week two news, ABC sitcom “Splitting Up Together” slipped by 28 percent from its week-ago debut, with a 3.3/ 5 (#2) in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, however, retention out of lead-in “black-ish” (#2: 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.) was solid at 92 percent, and it was a marked improvement from the 2.2/ 4 for short-lived sitcom “Imaginary Mary” on the year-ago evening.

    At 10 p.m., week four of Shonda Rhimes legal drama “For the People” sunk to a series low 2.0/ 4, which trailed “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS (#1: 5.5/10) and “Chicago Med” on NBC (#2: 4.1/ 7) by 64 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

    Earlier in the evening on CBS was veteran “NCIS,” which took a backseat to competing “Roseanne” at a 7.8/13 in the 8 p.m. hour. And that led into a dominant 7.1/12 for compatible “Bull” at 9 p.m., which bested competing “Rise” on NBC (#3: 3.0/ 5) by 137 percent. NBC, needless to say, misses “This Is Us”!

    Elsewhere, “Black Lightning” on The CW proved its worth with a 1.2/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. out of a 0.6/ 1 for an encore telecast of “The Flash” at 8 p.m. And a repeat of “Lethal Weapon” on Fox (#4: 1.5/ 2) led into the sitcom pairing of “LA to Vegas” (#4: 1.5/ 2) and “The Mick” (#4: 1.4/ 2) from 9-10 p.m.

    What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, April 3 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Roseanne”: 9.8/16 (#1)
    CBS – “NCIS”: 7.6/13 (#2)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 5.7/10 (#3)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “The Middle” (new time period): 5.1/ 8 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS”: 8.0/13 (#1)
    NBC – “The Voice”: 6.4/10 (#3)
    Fox – “Lethal Weapon” (R): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “black-ish”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
    CBS – “Bull”: 7.1/12 (#1)
    NBC – “Rise”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
    Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Splitting Up Together”: 3.3/ 5 (#2)
    CBS – “Bull”: 7.1/12 (#1)
    NBC – “Rise”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
    Fox – “The Mick”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
    CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “For the People”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.7/10 (#1)
    NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “For the People”: 1.9/ 4 (#3)
    CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.4/10 (#1)
    NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 8 (#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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