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‘American Idol’ Finale Ignites Fox

Sluggish Return of 'The Odd Couple' on CBS

THURSDAY 4/07/15

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 9.6 rating/15 share, CBS: 4.7/ 8, ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +220, CW: +37, ABC: +10, NBC: no change, CBS: -23


Ratings Breakdown:
Considering Ryan Seacrest’s final words last night… “As we say in Hollywood, good night America…for now”…it is safe to assume that “American Idol” is not really over. That said, the so-called series-finale of “American Idol”last night scored an estimated 9.6 rating/15 share in the household overnights, peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a 10.5/16. But keep in mind that the final six minutes where Trent Harmon was crowded the 15th season winner is not included in these averages.

Comparably, the 9.6/15 for “American Idol” was 55 percent above the record low 6.2/10 in the overnights for the year-ago season-ender (on Wednesday 5/13/15). And that translated into 8.03 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

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In season-premiere news, “The Odd Couple” returned for its sophomore run on CBS with a fourth-place 4.9/ 8 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, that slid from lead-in “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 9.2/15 at 8 p.m.) by a significant 47 percent. In other words: not positive. Next on the Eye net was “Mom” at a 4.6/ 7 at 9 p.m. (#2t), followed by “2 Broke Girls” at a fourth-place 3.7/ 6. And, in other words, there was really no need renew “2 Broke Girls” for next season.

CBS capped off the night with episode two of “Rush Hour” at a second-place 3.0/ 5 in the household overnights at 10 p.m., which was just one-tenth of a rating point below the 3.1/ 5 one week earlier. But that 3.1 overnight rating translated into only 5.06 million viewers and a 1.1/ 4 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same day data.

Over at ABC, the network was down by minor overnight household proportions with its combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#3: 5.6/ 9), “Scandal” (#2: 4.6/ 7) and week three of “The Catch” (3.8/ 7), which is not an improvement from prior time period occupant “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Elsewhere, NBC featured an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#4: 2.7/ 5), an original episode of “The Blacklist” (#3: 4.3/ 7) and a Thursday 10 p.m. repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 2.5/ 5). Comparably, “The Blacklist” increased from the 8:30 p.m. portion of the “Little Big Shots” second-run (2.8/ 5) by 54 percent. And The CW aired its regularly scheduled pairing of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.5/ 4) and “the 100” (#5: 0.8/ 1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research