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The Cancellation Clock is Ticking on ‘Kings of Prophets’ on ABC

Episode Two Plummets to 2.44 Million Viewers and a 0.5 Rating in Adults 18-49

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What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, March 15 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 10.83 million, NBC: 9.40, ABC: 3.07, Fox: 1.83, CW: 903,000

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.3 rating/8 share, CBS: 1.5/ 5, ABC: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.16 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS (episode 300)
Viewers: 14.39 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.19 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.33 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.21 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Real O’Neals
Viewers: 3.59 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS (episode 300)
Viewers: 15.12 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.27 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/10 (#1)

Fox – Grandfathered (R)
Viewers: 1.45 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 3.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.04 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.31 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 1.97 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 685,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.74 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.66 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.55 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 9 (#1)

Fox – The Grinder
Viewers: 1.56 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 625,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Of Kings and Prophets
Viewers: 2.47 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 6.47 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Crowded (series premiere)
Viewers: 6.78 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Of Kings and Prophets
Viewers: 2.42 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 5.28 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Crowded (series premiere)
Viewers: 5.29 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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      • Yay! More Shark Tank repeats! ABC has a really hard time with that Tuesday at 10 slot for a while now. They should have kept Forever there. I think its finale did 4M viewers with a 1.1 demo. Not great, but a lot better than what they’ve put there the past few years.

        • When your best try is 4 million viewers, you’d think the whole team would have been fired, not just the figurehead…

      • I think it’s going to be pulled too it’s just way too low to stay on the air and I think Shark Tank repeats could do the same or better there plus Chicago Fire is coming back next week which is really bad news for the slot for ABC.

        • That said, NBC is still airing YMATA on Thursdays with a 0.5, you you never know!

          Then again, I just saw that ABC didn’t even mention OKAP in the press release, so perhaps they’re pretending it never happened! 🙂

          • That is very true they might just keep it there. I guess it depends on the situation I guess. I really don’t know why networks have started this new tradition of not pulling shows from timeslots.

        • Chicago Fire and its 8 million viewers isn’t what’s preventing ABC from doing well in that slot.

      • If they renew American Crime they should put it there. The ratings are going to suck no matter where they put it, but if you’re going to renew it based on what critics say anyway, there’s no point in giving it a good time slot.

      • But it’s only doing marginally worse than American Crime and better than huge hit New Girl!!! 😉

  1. From ABC

    Please Note: On th first Tuesday of Daylight Saving Time, overall Adult 18-49 viewing levels dropped substantially week to week at 8pm (-7% – 26.2 vs. 28.3) and 8:30pm (-5% – 28.8 vs. 30.3)

    Fresh Off the Boat (8-8:30pm – 4.2 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49): At 8pm,
    ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat defeated Fox’s New Girl by 1.9 million Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 2.3 million) and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 1.0/4) to rank as Tuesday’s #1 regularly scheduled comedy for the 2nd week in row. NBC debuted Crowded out of a 2-hour The Voice in the 10pm hour, which moves to its regular time slot on Sunday.

    The Real O’Neals (8:30-9pm – 3.6 million and 1.0/4 in AD18-49): Holding
    91% of its week-earlier premiere at 8:30pm with young adults against the backdrop of Daylight Saving Time and an original of CBS’ NCIS, ABC’s The Real O’Neals once again delivered the Net’s
    best-ever retention in the 830pm half-hour out of Fresh Off the Boat in Total Viewers (86%) and Adults 18-49 (91%). The Real O’Neals was Tuesday’s #2 regular comedy in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (tied w/New Girl).

    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9-10pm – 2.9 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49): Opposite the
    second hour of NBC’s The Voice and an original of CBS’ NCIS: NO at 9pm,
    ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. held steady with its mid-season return last week in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 1.1/4). L+3 Playback for Last Week: Last week’s mid-season return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. jumped +64% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating
    (from a 1.1 to a 1.8 in L+3) to match its 2nd-largest L+3 lift this season.


    CBS Tuesday Live + Same Day Highlights




    At 8:00 PM, the 300th episode of NCIS was first in viewers (14.75m) and averaged 2.0 in A18-49 (nc from last original episode on 3/1) and 3.0 in A25-54. NCIS was Tuesday’s most watched broadcast.

    At 9:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was first in viewers (11.85m, up from 11.72m) and averaged 1.6 in A18-49 (nc from last original episode on 3/1) and 2.3 in A25-54.

    At 10:00 PM, LIMITLESS averaged 5.88m (up +9% from 5.40m), 1.1 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.4 in A25-54.

    CBS placed first on Tuesday in viewers (10.83m).






    Tuesday Primetime Results:

    NBC wins Tuesday among the Big 4 in adults 18-49, sweeping six of six half-hours, led by the #1 show of the night, “The Voice,” andslot wins from 10-11 p.m. ET for Tuesday previews of “Crowded.”

    A Tuesday preview of “Crowded” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall from 10-10:30 p.m. ET):

    · Generated strong sampling, currently winning the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure, pending updates.

    · Delivers a +50% margin of victory among those nets in adults 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.2 for CBS’s #2 “Limitless”).

    · On a night of strong interest in primary election results, is currently matching the combined 18-49 ratings of the original competition from CBS’s “Limitless” (1.2) and ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets” (0.6).

    · The regular-slot premiere of “Crowded” is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, from 9:30-10 p.m. ET.

    A second telecast of “Crowded” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall from 10:30-11 p.m. ET):

    · Currently leads the time period’s original ABC and CBS competition in every key measure – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers — pending updates.

    · Generates a +40% margin of victory among those nets in adults 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.0 for CBS’s #2 “Limitless”).

    “The Voice” (2.7/9 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET):

    · Ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in every key demographic (including ties in men 18-34 and men 25-54).

    · On the first Tuesday of Daylight Saving Time and versus the return of original “NCIS” competition, grows versus the comparable telecast of the prior by +4% in 18-49 rating (2.7 vs. 2.6 on Oct. 13, 2015) and +9% in total viewers (11.080 million vs. 10.135 million).

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – season to date, Tuesday’s “Voice” has grown by +24% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 2.91 to a 3.62) and 2.1 million viewers overall (11.8 million to 13.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: Tuesday’s “Voice” has delivered a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 116 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current,” including L+3).

    Note that NBC stations in Cincinnati, Orlando and Greensboro carried primary coverage in the 10 p.m. hour.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    · In adult 18-49 rating in the local people meters, Jimmy Fallon (0.9) beat the combined ABC-CBS results for “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.3) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5).

    · In 18-49 in the local people meters, Seth Meyers (0.5) beat Colbert (0.3) and tied Kimmel’s (0.5), despite Meyers’ later start time.

    · In 18-49, Carson Daly’s rebroadcast (0.3) topped Corden’s original (0.2) and tied “Nightline” (0.3), despite starting an hour later than both shows and tied Colbert’s original (0.3), despite starting two hours later.

    · Fallon’s guests Tuesday night included Jesse Eisenberg, Zoë Kravitz and musical guest Coldplay.

    · Meyers’ guests Tuesday included Naomi Watts, Chris Cuomo and musical guest Bloc Party.

    · Daly’s guests Tuesday night included Jay & Mark Duplass, Anya Taylor-Joy & Robert Eggers and musical guest Wolf Alice (encore).

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.4/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.0/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; “Late Show,” 0.3/2; 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, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

  4. Wow color me a bit shocked on Crowded I did not expect it to do that well especially with The Voice at a 2.8 instead of over a 3 somewhere. I was sure there was a better chance of it flopping than succeeding especially airing at 10pm and what surprised me even more was how well the second episode did at 10:30pm it did not drop off that hard maintaining more than 5 million viewers and a 1.4 in the demo.

    Crowded actually did better than every comedy that NBC has tried to boost behind The Voice in the last couple of years except Superstore. It did better than Telenovela, Undateable, One Big Happy, About a Boy, Marry Me, and Carmichael although Carmichael is a bit of an exception since it was on behind a Voice clips show but retention wise it did better than Carmichael’s performance this past Sunday. I had Crowded doing a similar 1.4 and 0.9 that Telenovela did because my expectations were low coming in.

    Quality wise Crowded was pretty damn funny too as the cast is great. The grandparents and parents were hoots. The daughters were good also I liked how Miranda Cosgrove played a smart character and the other daughter Stella might be really funny, they need to develop the daughters a little bit more but I like them.

    Obviously the way it rates on Sunday is the real-test but with LBS being just as big as The Voice that might not matter on one condition. Since last week’s Carmichael has been out some people on other sites have raised the question on rather or not NBC should make a late switch right now with Crowded and Carmichael and I personally think they need to with Crowded showing life right now. There’s a better chance that Crowded keeps more of LBS audience than Carmichael does and it might even benefit Carmichael and Hollywood Game Night to have a stronger comedy on at 9pm. Plus this is a tough week with Tyler Perry’s The Passion airing on FOX this Sunday giving that hour extra competition.

    • Sorry to disagree again, but losing 50% of your lead-in may be less disastrous than losing 65%, but it’s still really, really awful.

      Crowded is not “showing signs of life” as of yet. If it improves, then there will be ‘signs if life”. 🙂

  5. How does ABC solve its Tuesday problem? Move an established show to the night? If so, their selection is quickly dwindling!

    • Castle should have been moved there years ago giving the post DWTS slot to a new show. Now it’s too late.

    • Move Middle or Goldbergs to Tuesdays and establish another 2-hour comedy block. Their Tuesdays won’t draw earth-shattering ratings but more than currently.

    • Easy: fire its executive team and hire people who will start ordering projects from different producers than the flop-making cronies bogarding the commissions.

  6. Of Kings and Prophets will be pulled this week at least and something else perhaps Shark Tank in its place.

      • By any measure, it should have been gone already, but we live in an era where the networks don’t have any surplus programming to plug holes and where political favorites like New Girl, and ‘Til Death can be renewed for numerous seasons without having to bother with assembling a viewership…

        After all, they renewed Galavant and American Crime too…

  7. Disasters everywhere!!

    Agent of SHIELD is doing so poorly, someone please ask Channing Dungey why she felt it was necessary to buy another season!

    Brooklyn 9-9’s silly renewal is really paying off for FOX… 🙁

      • I amazed to read this (and thank you for sharing!)

        How is it possible that ANYONE, let alone everyone, thinks that SHIELD is a hit?

        Are you the last journalist who bothers to look at the ratings?

        Not that it’ without precedent. Shows like The Office were routinely called “big hits” when they weren’t, but now we’ve come into the era of the viewer-less hit.