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ABC Opens Week on a Typically Winning Overnight Note

'Mike & Molly' on CBS and 'Castle' on ABC Conclude

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 7.2 rating/12 share, NBC: 5.3/ 9, CBS: 4.3/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +75, ABC: + 7, Fox: – 8, NBC: -12, CBS: -16


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC, as usual, opened the week on a winning household overnight note care of an 8.2 rating/13 share in households. Comparably, that was 34 percent above the 6.1/10 for competing “The Voice” on NBC. But “The Voice” should have no trouble leading NBC to victory for the night in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). Both “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” were close to year-ago overnight levels.

In series-finale news, CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” rose to a season-high 5.3/ 8 at 8:30 p.m. (out of a 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m. for the first of the two episodes last night). And ABC’s “Castle,” which almost got picked-up for a ninth season, concluded with a 5.2/ 9 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that bested the competition – “Blindspot” on NBC (#2: 3.6/ 6) and “Person of Interest” on CBS (#3: 3.5/ 6) – by 44 percent and 49 percent, respectively. Don’t be fooled about NBC moving “Blindspot” into the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour next season. Remember what happened to former “The Voice” lead-out “Revolution” when NBC made that same move in the fall of 2013?

In season-finale news was “Jane the Virgin” on The CW at a modest (and typical) 0.7/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Lead-in “Reign” scored a 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m. Assuming The CW keeps sophomore “Supergirl” in the Monday 8 p.m. hour next season, my vote is to move “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” to Friday.

Fox capped off the evening with “Gotham” (#4: 2.7/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which once again will be presented in two half seasons in 2016-17 (and is not the hit Fox would like you to believe) and canceled “Houdini & Doyle” (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. The only thing that might help Blindspot on Wednesdays is that their DVR numbers are huge. It might help to offset what are sure to be some low live numbers?

    • It is still one of the best new shows of 2015-16, based upon ratings and otherwise, and will be just fine Wed at 8pm.

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