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NBC’s Revamped Sunday Scores; ABC’s ‘Time After Time’ DOA

Drama 'Chicago Justice' and 'Shades of Blue' Also Resonate for NBC

SUNDAY 3/05/17

What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for Sunday, March 5:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.5/ 9, NBC: 4.7/ 8, ABC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +31, CBS: – 8, ABC: – 9, Fox: -26

Ratings Breakdown:

There were two series premieres last night (ABC drama “Time After Time” and Fox sitcom “Making History”), the time period premiere of NBC’s “Chicago Justice,” the season premieres of NBC’s “Little Big Shots” and “Shades of Blue,” and the return of “Once Upon a Time” on ABC and “Madam Secretary” on CBS. Overall, it was NBC that had the momentum.

Following an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” at 7 p.m. (#3: 3.7/ 7), the second season premiere of the Steve Harvey hosted hour scored a dominant 6.9/11 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, that bested “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS (#2: 6.2/10) and aforementioned “Once Upon a Time” on ABC (#3: 1.9/ 3) by 11 percent and 263 percent, respectively. At this point, it is time for “Once Upon a Time” to end.

“Chicago Justice,” drama No. 4 in the Dick Wolf franchise, launched with a second-place 4.6/ 7 in the 9 p.m. hour (following last Wednesday’s preview). Comparably, that beat the series-premiere of “Time After Time” on ABC (#3: 1.8/ 3) by a hefty 156 percent. One year earlier in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour on ABC was failed drama “The Family” at a 2.2/ 3 in the household overnights. As a reminder, most series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two.

Tops in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour was older-skewing “Madam Secretary” on CBS at a 5.1/ 8, which was equal to year-ago time period occupant “The Good Wife.”

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Shades of Blue” won the hour with a 3.7/ 7, which beat competing “Elementary” on CBS (3.0/ 5) and a second episode of “Time After Time” on ABC (1.8/ 3) by 23 percent and 106 percent, respectively. Note: FX airing the debut of “Feud: Bette and Joan” in the time period.

The night’s other premiere, “Making History” on Fox, did not make the record books with a 1.5/ 2 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m. (out of a 1.7/ 3 for “The Simpsons”). One year earlier, however, failed Fox sitcom “Cooper Barrett Survives the Universe” only scored at 1.1/ 2.

Next on Fox was “Family Guy” at a diluted 1.7/ 3 (#4) at 9 p.m. into a 1.5/ 2 (#4) for “The Last Man on Earth” at 9:30 p.m.

Earlier in the evening was CBS granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a dominant 7.7/13 at 7 p.m., “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a 3.1/ 5, and two episodes (repeat and original) of “Bob’s Burgers” on Fox (7 p.m. #4: 1.1/ 2; 7:30 p.m.: #4: 1.3/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, March 5:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 7.3/13 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 3.6/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 8.0/13 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 6.2/10 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (season premiere)”: 6.7/11 (#1)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 6.1/10 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (season premiere)”: 7.0/11 (#1)
Fox – “Making History” (series premiere): 1.5/ 2 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time” (series premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 5.2/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice” (series premiere): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Family Guy”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time” (series premiere): 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice” (series premiere): 4.3/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Last Man on Earth”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 3.1/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Shades of Blue” (season premiere): 3.8/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Shades of Blue” (season premiere): 3.5/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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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  • The Local Seth

    haha, not that it matters because the show was largely irrelevant, but it was actually called “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life”

  • renamoretti1

    The laughably bad Making History got laughable bad ratings.

    Do you think the executives will see the connection?