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‘Big Bang Theory’ Season-Ender Leads CBS to Victory

ABC's 'The Catch' Earns its Walking Papers

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.0/ 9, ABC: 3.8/ 7, NBC: 3.3/ 6, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +14, CBS: – 2, CW: -18, Fox: -20, ABC: -21

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as always, dominated the Thursday household overnights thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” which closed season 10 at an 8.5 rating/15 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. A repeat installment of “Big Bang” followed with a 6.4/11 at 8:30 p.m., and the two episodes, on average, bested competing “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC (#2: 5.3/ 9) by a hefty 60 percent. If you have not seen the “Big Bang” season ender yet you are in for quite a nice surprise.

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was “MasterChef Junior” on Fox (#3: 2.2/ 4), a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#4: 1.9/ 3), and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (#5: 1.0/ 2).

There were four season finales in the 9 p.m. hour: CBS sitcoms “Mom” (#1: 5.4/ 9) and “Life in Pieces” (#2: 4.0/ 7), “Chicago Med” on NBC (#2” 4.6/ 7), and “Riverdale” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1). All four series will be returning next season.

Also present from 9-10 p.m. was ABC’s “Scandal” (#3: 3.9/ 7), and two encore telecasts of Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#5: avg. 0.7/ 1).

In series-finale news was ABC drama “The Catch,” which earned its walking papers at a third-place 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m. Tops in the hour was “The Blacklist” on NBC (3.3/ 6), followed by “The Amazing Race” on CBS at a 2.7/ 5).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, April 2:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.4/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (season finale): 8.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 6.4/11 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.9/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Mom” (season finale): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC –“Chicago Med” (season finale): 4.5/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (R): 0.9/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale” (season finale): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC –“Chicago Med” (season finale): 4.7/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale” (season finale): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch” (series finale): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.4/ 6 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch” (series finale): 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.2/ 6 (#1)

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. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO MED” & “THE BLACKLIST” GROW WEEK TO WEEK

    IT’S THE TOP “MED” SINCE MARCH 16, “BLACKLIST” MATCHES ITS HIGH SINCE JAN. 19

    “BLACKLIST” IS #1 OR TIED FOR #1 AT 10 AMONG ABC, CBS, NBC IN EVERY KEY MEASURE

    L+3: LAST WEEK’S “BLACKLIST” GREW +88% IN THREE DAYS, FOR THURSDAY’S BIGGEST 18-49 PERCENTAGE LIFT ON THE BIG 4

    Thursday Primetime Ratings:

    “The Blacklist” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Matches its highest 18-49 rating since Jan. 19 (1.0) and delivers its most-watched episode since Feb. 23 (4.978 million).
    · Grows +13% week to week in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8) and +3% in total viewers (4.963 million vs. 4.820 million)
    · Ranks #1 or tied for #1 in the time slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure.
    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD — last week’s “Blacklist increased by +88% in 18-49 (0.83 to 1.56) and +3.1 million viewers overall (4.8 million to 7.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3, for the biggest L+3 lift of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage.
    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    “Chicago Med” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Captures its best 18-49 and total-viewer results since March 16 (1.4 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers).
    · Grows +9% week to week in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.1) and +6% in total viewers (6.785 million vs. 6.404 million).
    · Ranks #2 in the hour among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers.
    · Also finishes #2 or tied for #2 among those nets in men and women 18-49, men 25-54 and adults, men and women 18-34.
    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last week’s “Med” increased by +59% in 18-49 (1.11 to 1.76) and +2.6 million viewers overall (6.4 million to 9.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens.

    An encore telecast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” averaged a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.0/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.5/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/3; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. FROM CBS
    CBS Thursday Live + Same Day Highlights

    THE SEASON FINALE OF “THE BIG BANG THEORY”
    POSTS GROWTH IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54

    Ranks as Thursday’s #1 Program in Viewers and Demos

    The Season Finale of “Mom” Posts Viewer Growth From Year Ago Finale

    “The Amazing Race” Up in Viewers and Places First in A18-49

    CBS Wins the Night in Viewers, A18-49 and A25-54

    · At 8:00 PM, the season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (12.60m, up +2%), A18-49 (2.6, up +4%) and A25-54 (3.8, up +3%), the night’s #1 program in all these measures.

    · At 8:30 PM, a rebroadcast of THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (10.06m), A18-49 (1.8, tie) and A25-54 (2.8).

    · At 9:00, the season finale of MOM was first in viewers (8.21m), A18-49 (1.5, tie, nc) and A25-54 (2.3). Compared to last year’s finale, MOM’s audience grew +1%

    · At 9:30 PM, the season finale of LIFE IN PIECES averaged 6.02m, 1.1 in A18-49 and placed first in A25-54 (1.8, nc).

    · At 10:00 PM, THE AMAZING RACE averaged 4.08m (up +2%), tied for first in A18-49 (0.9, nc) and averaged 1.2 in A25-54 (nc).

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (7.51m), A18-49 (1.5) and A25-54 (2.2). CBS was first in these measures for the sixth consecutive Thursday.

  3. It’s a little strange that we haven’t heard more cancellation or renewal news yet today. There’s still a couple of bubble shows on NBC and CBS I’m waiting on.

  4. Med has been carrying NBC Thursdays all year but NBC can totally make the night stronger if Will & Grace goes there at 9pm and they add Household Name to the roster next to it at 9:30pm and Med following it at 10pm.

  5. That Big Bang Theory may have been the best episode of the season, which is sad since it took that long to get to a really good ep.