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Updated Thursday Ratings Scorecard: Easy Victory for Fox; Sluggish ‘Odd Couple’ on CBS

CBS DId Not Need a Second Season of the Matthew Perry/Thomas Lennon Revival

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, April 7 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 12.94 million, CBS: 7.32, ABC: 6.03, NBC: 4.88, CW: 1.64

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 3.0/10, ABC: 1.6/ 6, CBS: 1.6/ 5, NBC: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.34 million (#3), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 13.24 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/11 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 4.30 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol (series finale)
Viewers: 10.81 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 2.07 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.25 million (#3), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Odd Couple (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.82 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 4.79 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol (series finale)
Viewers: 12.67 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/10 (#1)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.98 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.92 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 7.30 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.42 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol (series finale)
Viewers: 13.77 million (#1), A18-49: 3.2/11 (#1)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.35 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.88 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.06 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol (series finale)
Viewers: 14.50 million (#1), A18-49: 3.4/11 (#1)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.18 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 5.03 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.98 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 3.85 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.75 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.67 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 3.86 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    The AMERICAN IDOL Series Finale, celebrating its 15 seasons, came to spectacular conclusion last night as it named Trent Harmon as the final IDOL winner. It was IDOL’s most watched finale in three years and its most watched telecast in over two years. AMERICAN IDOL was the #1 most social program across all of TV yesterday (Source: Nielsen, 4/7/16, ranked on unique authors/tweets)

    **Please note we have ordered fasties and will be sending out updated numbers as soon as they come in.**

    Key ratings and social highlights are as follows:


    Last night, FOX ranked #1 for the night in Adults 18-49, #1 in Adults 18-34, #1 in Total Viewers, #1 in Teens and #1 in all other major demos.

    Live + Same Day
    · AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY posted its highest-rated and most watched finale in three years (since 2013: 3.6/11 LS Rating and 14.3 Total Viewers, 5/16/13).

    · AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY ranked #1T for the night in Adults 18-49, #1T in Adults 18-34, #2 in Total Viewers, #1 in Teens, and #1 in Women 18-49. (these will likely go up in finals)

    · AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY delivered its most watched telecast since 2/5/14 in Total Viewers (13.4 Total Viewers).

    FOX Projections


    A18-49 Live + 3 Day: 3.4 (+13% vs. L+SD)

    A18-49 Live + 7 Day: 3.6 (+20% vs. L+SD)

    Total Multi-Platform Audience: 16.5 Mil (+28% vs. L+SD

    Live + Same Day FOX Comparisons

    AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY (FINALE): 3.0/10, up 76% from last season’s finale in Adults 18-49 (5/13/15, 1.7/6, Wed 8-10p)

    · 12.9 Mil, up 62% from last season’s finale in Total Viewers (5/13/15, 8.0 Mil, Wed 8-10p)

    · 1.9/8, up 111% from last season’s finale in Adults 18-34 (5/13/15, 0.9/4, Wed 8-10p)

    · 1.9/11, up 73% from last season’s finale in Teens (5/13/15, 1.1/6, Wed 8-10p)

    AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY (FINALE): 3.0/10, up 36% from Wednesday’s Finale Part 1 in Adults 18-49 (4/6/16, 2.2/8, Wed 8-9p)

    · 12.9 Mil, up 33% from Wednesday’s Finale Part 1 in Total Viewers (4/6/16, 9.7 Mil, Wed 8-9p)

    · 1.9/8, up 27% from Wednesday’s Finale Part 1 in Adults 18-34 (4/6/16, 1.5/7, Wed 8-9p)

    · 1.9/11, up 58% from Wednesday’s Finale Part 1 in Teens (4/6/16, 1.2/7, Wed 8-9p)

    AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY (FINALE): 3.0/10, up 43% from last week in Adults 18-49 (3/31/16, 2.1/7)

    · 12.9 Mil, up 42% from last week in Total Viewers (3/31/16, 9.1 Mil)

    · 1.9/8, up 36% from last week in Adults 18-34 (3/31/16, 1.4/6)

    · 1.9/11, up 73% from last week in Teens (3/31/16, 1.1/6)


    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 6.0 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): ABC ranked #2 on Thursday in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6-tie) to Fox with its 2-hour series finale of American Idol. Despite facing the high rated series finale of Idol, ABC’s Grey’s paced within 1-tenth week to week with Adults 18-49 (2.1/8 vs. 2.2/8), Scandal held even (1.7/6) while The Catch was up 10% at 10pm (1.1/4 vs. 1.0/4).

    Grey’s Anatomy (8-9pm – 7.3 million and 2.1/8 in AD18-49): At 8pm, Grey’s grew 12% week to week in Adults 18-34, hitting a 5-week high and tying its best rating since its mid-season return – since 3/3/16 and 2/11/16, respectively. In addition, the 12th-season ABC drama was up for the 4th straight week in Women 18-34 to its best rating since November – since 11/5/15.

    Scandal (9-10pm – 5.9 million and 1.7/6 in AD18-49): During the 9 o’clock hour, ABC’s Scandal held even at a 6-week high (since 2/18/16) in Adults 18-49 and beat NBC’s original The Blacklist by 42% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6 vs. 1.2/4).

    The Catch (10-11pm – 4.9 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49): At 10pm, The Catch ranked #1 in the hour among Adults 18-49, beating CBS’ Rush Hour by 22% (1.1/4 vs. 0.9/3). In addition to growing in Adults 18-49 (+10%), The Catch was also up week to week with Adults 18-34 (+17%) and Women 18-34 (+11%). The new ABC drama improved its hour year to year by 11% in Total Viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49 over an original American Crime on the year-ago night (4.4 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49 on 4/9/15).

    Live + 3 for Last Week: Based on the L+3 data for last Thursday (3/31/16), The Catch was the night’s biggest gainer on the major nets with a +70% spike over its L+SD rating (from a 1.0 to a 1.7), up from a +58% increase for show’s premiere in the hour the prior week.





    Thursday Primetime Results:

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “The Blacklist,” 2.7 in 18-49, 11.41 million.

    “The Blacklist” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET):

    · With its first original telecast in six weeks and opposite the climactic hour of Fox’s “American Idol” series finale, retains +92%of the prior original’s 1.3 in 18-49 and grows +5% in total viewers (6.244 million vs. 5.972 million), as well as women 18-34.

    · Outdelivers “Scandal” in the time period in total viewers (6.244 million vs. 5.899 million).

    · Generates its most-watched episode since Feb. 11 (6.437 million).

    · Builds on its lead-in last night by +50% in 18-49 and +37% in total viewers.

    · These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms:

    o L+7: “Blacklist” has grown by +98% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.48 to a 2.93) and 4.9 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    o L+3+7 Days of Alternate-Platform Views: The previous original episode grew by +90% (to a 2.5 rating) via time-shifting (3 days) and 7-day alternate-platform viewership (1.30 rating to a projected 2.47 rating in TAMi estimates).

    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 148 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).

    An encore “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET):

    · Finishes within 0.3 of #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period in adults 18-49, ties for #2 in adults 18-34, men 18-34 and men 18-49 and ranks #2 outright among those nets in men 25-54 versus the original competition of Week 2 of CBS’s “Rush Hour” and Week 3 of ABC’s “The Catch.”

    An encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Earns NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the time period since Feb. 11.

    · Generates NBC’s top total-viewer figure in the slot since Jan. 28.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.3/4, delayed by Masters golf coverage; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5 with an encore.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.3/2, delayed by Masters golf coverage; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.8/3 with an encore delayed by Masters golf coverage). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2 with an encore delayed by Masters golf coverage).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.






    At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (13.24m), A18-49 (3.0) and A25-54, opposite the “American Idol” finale. If ratings hold, it will rank as the night’s top program in viewers and A18-49 (tie)

    At 8:30 PM, the season premiere of THE ODD COUPLE averaged 7.82m (from 8.17m for last season’s finale), 1.6 in A18-49 and 2.4 in A25-54, opposite the “American Idol” finale.

    At 9:00 PM, MOM averaged 7.30m, 1.5 in A18-49 and 2.3 in A25-54 opposite the “American Idol” finale.

    At 9:30 PM, 2 BROKE GIRLS averaged 5.89m, 1.4 in A18-49 and 2.1 in A25-54 opposite the “American Idol” finale.

    At 10:00 PM, RUSH HOUR averaged 4.83m, 0.9 in A18-49 and 1.3 in A25-54. RUSH HOUR retained 95% of its premiere audience and 82% of its A18-49 rating.

  5. Anybody know why the Idol finale was so early this year? Usually it ends near the end of May sweeps and this year, it was early April. Maybe the judges weren’t available for a full season.

    • I think Fox announced they wanted to condense the season instead of finding ways to milk it until May

    • Money. The show wasn’t provided enough of a budget to extend thru May. And, for Idol fans, this will be the first year there won’t be a concert tour of multiple Idol contestants.

      • Hate to disagree, but that sounds strange to me. Idol is not an expensive show and given the disaster ratings FOX has all over, I don’t think they would want to skimp on Idol’s final season.

        Maybe they had a falling out with the production company.

        • The recent Idol special detailed some of the cost-cutting the show had to take in order for a 15th season to even take place. Also, J. Lo and Seacrest weren’t working for pennies all these years to be a part of Idol.

          • Thanks for the response. 🙂

            Not having seen the episode it still sounds strange to me as those types of shows, even lavishly produced as they may be, are just comparatively cheap to make.

            Than again, the worse Hollywood’s shows become, the more they cost.

            And there may be a hint as a lowr-budget forces you to have better writing and be more creative.

  6. Some of the networks really were better off burning a week of repeats except ABC which is airing their shows every week but NBC and CBS should’ve taken a break. Idol was affecting the competition like they used to do in their heyday. ABC held up the best with Grey’s and Scandal, The Catch is a lost cause that needs to go.

    FOX is headed for the worst season of the big 4 in broadcast history next year without Idol. Idol will be back two years from now and never should’ve been cancelled in the fist place because these live reality competitions are going to be more and more valuable every year like sports programming. FOX would be idiots to not bring idol back in some capacity during the 2017-18 season. My thinking is that FOX could bring the show back as a spin-off and totally retool it so that it can stay healthy over a whole course of a season and not worry about declines.

    Due to the fact that FOX is about to have a super bad historical season next year they should think about relaunching The X Factor but that might be difficult.

    As for the CBS comedies they should’ve rest this week, CBS was real stupid for debuting The Odd Couple this week although the comedies did okay behind BBT they could’ve done better if they didn’t air this week so lets see how The Odd Couple does next week.

  7. Will be curious at how NBC does next week with two new shows on at 8PM and 10PM. The Blacklist is now beating Scandal in total viewers

    FOX will come back down to Earth now that a bloated Idol is out of the way with Bones and that reality competition show. I don’t think Idol will come back. Many see the ratings /now/ as a sign. Well, that sign was this was the final season. Some tuned in based on that alone. They certainly aren’t coming back if Fox changes its mind. The show has rode off in to the sunset. Leave it there.

    • With a healthy network, there would have been a half dozen hits already established to replace it.

      But years of mis-management (like renewing Flop Girl again and again!) have made it that a dying Idol looks a lot better than what’s left on FOX…

  8. VERY worrisome numbers for Big Bang, while The Catch and Rush Hour are now both officially flops.