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ABC and NBC Have Sprung a Leak with Dramas ‘Conviction’ and ‘Timeless’

Promising Official Start for 'Supergirl' on The CW

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016

Note: These ratings exclude the Jacksonville, Orlando and Raleigh markets.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.2/10, ABC: 5.8/ 9, CBS: 5.3/ 9, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +62, Fox: + 9, ABC and NBC: -13 each, CBS: -15
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-Winners:
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

-Huge Improvement:
“Supergirl” (CW)

-Tired:
“2 Broke Girls” (CBS)

-Losers:
“Gotham” (Fox), “Lucifer” (Fox), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle on this fourth Monday of the new TV season, besting No. 2 ABC and No. 3 CBS by 7 and 17 percent, respectively, in households. Thanks to “The Voice,” which scored a healthy 7.3 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., NBC’s advantage in adults 18-49 (and the other key demos) will be much greater. But all was not perfect on the Peacock net with week two of 10 p.m. drama “Timeless” slipping to a 3.9/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#2), which was 24 percent below its 5.1/ 8 debut one week earlier and 29 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Blindspot” (5.5/ 9 on 10/12/15). Comparably, overnight retention for “Timeless” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (7.3/11) was lacking at 53 percent.

Last week, “Timeless” opened with 7.60 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.

Worse at 10 p.m., however, was week two of ABC drama “Conviction” at a third-place 3.1/ 5 in the household overnights, which was 16 percent below its anemic 3.7/ 6 opener one week earlier and 31 percent below “Castle” on the year-ago evening (4.5/ 8 on 10/12/15). Comparably, overnight retention for “Conviction” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Dancing With the Stars” (7.2/11) was only 43 percent, and the debut last week came in at 5.17 million viewers and a 0.9/ 3 in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data. Tick, tock…the cancellation clock could be rapidly ticking on “Conviction.”

Overall, “Dancing With the Stars” scored a 7.1/11 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was nine percent below the 7.8/12 in the year-ago evening.

There were two season premieres last night. On CBS, two episodes of tired sitcom “2 Broke Girls” averaged a distant third-place 4.1/ 6 from 9-10 p.m., slipping in the 9 p.m. half-hour by 24 percent from episode four of lead-in “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 5.4/ 8 at 8:30 p.m.). But “Supergirl,” now on The CW, opened season two (and first on The CW) with a 2.0/ 3 (#5) from 8-9 p.m., which was 150 percent above the series-premiere of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the year-ago evening (0.8/ 1 on 10/12/15). In the CW universe, consider this a positive start for “Supergirl.” In the CBS universe, 34 percent overnight slippage for the “2 Broke Girls” double-pop from year-ago time period occupant “Scorpion” (6.2/ 9 on 10/12/15) means CBS would be better off moving “Scorpion” back to 9 p.m.

Now at 10 p.m., “Scorpion” dipped to a 4.6/ 8. While still dominant against dramas “Conviction” and “Timeless,” it was still 26 percent that 6.2/ 9 at 9 p.m. on the year-ago evening.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was “The Big Bang Theory” at a 9.1/14, which topped the night. At 9 p.m. on The CW out of “Supergirl” was a repeat of “No Tomorrow” at a 0.5/ 1.

Fox, meanwhile, could not compete with dramas “Gotham” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and “Lucifer” (#4: 2.6/ 4).

Here is the half-hour breakdown:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 6.9/11 (#2t)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 9.1/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.9/11 (#2t)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.1/11 (#2)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 5.9/ 9 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.7/12 (#1)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.4/11 (#2)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls” (season premiere): 4.1/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.5/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 6 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.2/11 (#2)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.3/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 6 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 2.5/ 8 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Nothing about Kevin Can Wait losing 35% of TBBT lead-in? CBS going from #1 in the half-hour to #3? Give me Life in Pieces!!

  2. Does anyone know what the L+3s for Timeless and Conviction were last week? That may be the only thing that keeps them around for the time being. Although it may be too late for Conviction.

    • I don’t think last week’s L+3 numbers have been released yet. It will be interesting to see. I think Timeless may get a bigger bump than Conviction.

      • Conviction (ABC, 10/03 10:01-11:00 p.m.)
        – 7.307 million L+3 viewers (+41% from Live+SD)
        – 1.41 L+3 adults 18-49 rating (+54% from Live+SD)

        Timeless (NBC, 10/03 10:00-11:00 p.m.)
        – 11.067 million L+3 viewers (+46% from Live+SD)
        – 2.74 L+3 adults 18-49 rating (+49% from Live+SD)

    • Supergirl averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating in Live+Same Day for 2015-16. The series dipped to a little over 6 million in the final few weeks of last season.

  3. The people who keep saying that shows like Timeless and Conviction are low rated have to take into consideration that there are a lot more programs than there were 5 years ago. A 3.9 or 3.1 in todays viewing may show low ratings but also there is a lot more to see. They need to give these shows a chance to see what they can do.