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‘2017 ACM Awards’ Leads CBS to Sunday Overnight Victory

Annual Telecast on Par with Year-Ago Evening

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for Sunday, April 2:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.6/11, NBC: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: no change, CBS: – 1, NBC: – 8, ABC: -24

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a slam dunk Sunday household overnight victory for CBS with a first-place finish in each of the six half-hours care of granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#1: for the night, 7.0 rating/12 share at 7 p.m.) and the “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards” (6.5/11 from 8-11 p.m.). Comparably, the annual “ACM Awards” was almost identical to the 6.6/11 in the overnights on the year-ago evening, and that translated into 11.20 million viewers and a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

On ABC, “The Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, was an improvement over canceled drama “Time After Time,” but a 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. (#3) was nothing to boast about. One week earlier, “Time After Time” concluded with a 1.3/ 2 in the hour. That led into a mere 1.3/ 2 for critically acclaimed anthology “American Crime” at 10 p.m., which at this point needs to call it quits after three seasons.

Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net was an encore telecast of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#2: 2.7/ 5 at 7 p.m.) into the rapidly deteriorating “Once Upon a Time,” which with a 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m. was 24 percent below the 2.5/ 4 one year earlier.

In the distant No. 2 spot last night was NBC with its line-up if an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#2t: 2.7/ 5 at 7 p.m.), the original edition of “Little Big Shots” (#2: 5.2/ 9), recent entry “Chicago Justice” (#2: 3.8/ 6) and recently renewed “Shades of Blue” (#2: 2.9/ 5). Chances are “Chicago Justice” will be renewed for a second season, leaving the current “Chicago” franchise at four hours.

Last-place Fox capped off this first Sunday in April with its line-up of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers (7 p.m. – repeat: 0.8/ 1; 7:30 p.m.: 1.0/ 2), “The Simpsons” (1.4/ 2), “Making History” (0.9/ 1), a repeat of “Family Guy” (1.1/ 2) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1.2/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, April 2:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 6.7/13 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#4)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#2t)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 7.3/13 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Making History”: 0.9/ 1 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.9/11 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Family Guy” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.5/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “The Last Man on Earth”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Crime”: 1.3/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.4/11 (#1)
NBC – “Shades of Blue”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Crime”: 1.2/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards”: 6.0/11 (#1)
NBC – “Shades of Blue”: 2.8/ 5 (#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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  1. I think you’re confusing ABC’s & Fox’s numbers for CW numbers!! Those numbers are crazy low!