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Easy Sunday Overnight Victory for CBS

ABC and Fox Are in Need of Complete Overhauls

What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for Sunday, March 26:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 8.1/14, NBC: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +53,Fox: +30, NBC: +12, ABC: -14

Ratings Breakdown:
Due to the 35-minute primetime overrun for NCAA Basketball, all individual program results for CBS are approximate. With that in mind, this primetime portion of the ongoing March Madness tournament averaged a hefty 13.1 rating/24 share in the household overnights in the 7 p.m. half-hour. The remainder of the Eye net’s primetime lineup led each half hour with granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a 10.3/18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (7.4/12 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.), “Madam Secretary” (6.0/10 from 9:30-10:30 p.m.) and “Elementary” (3.7/ 7 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.). “Elementary,” at present, is one of the 11 current CBS series that was not officially renewed following the confirmation of 18 returning series last week.

In the distant No. 2 spot was NBC care of an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#3: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.), the original telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#2: 5.7/10), recent entry “Chicago Justice” (#2: 3.7/ 6) and sophomore “Shades of Blue” (#2: 3.0/ 6), which was already renewed for next season. NBC, no doubt, would be wise to keep “Little Big Shots” as an ongoing midseason entry.

Elsewhere, ABC and Fox are in need of complete overhauls of Sunday night next season. ABC, of course, is unlikely to move Sunday 7 p.m. mainstay “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which last night scored a 3.1/ 6 at 7 p.m. (#2) with an encore telecast. But tired “Once Upon a Time” (#3: 1.9/ 3) offers no lead-in support to newbie drama “Time After Time” at 9 p.m. (#4: 1.3/ 2), which slipped by 35 percent from short-lived year-ago time period occupant “The Family” (2.0/ 3 on 3/27/16). Even worse was season three of anthology “American Crime” (#3: 1.2/ 2 at 10 p.m.), which at this point cannot be saved my any critical acclaim.

Fox, meanwhile, opened with a repeat of “The Simpsons” (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 7 p.m.) into an also 1.2/ 2 of “Bob’s Burgers” at 7:30 p.m. Another original episode of Bob’s Burgers” could only muster a 1.3/ 2 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour, and that led into failing recent entry “Making History” (#4: 1.1/ 2), “Family Guy” (3: 1.6/ 3) and “”The Last Man of Earth” (#3: 1.3/ 2) from 8:30-10 p.m. While Fox is dependent on the young adult demos, they won’t be very high with overnights this low.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, March 26:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#2)
CBS – NCAA Basketball: 13.1/24 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Simpsons” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 10.5/18 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 10.1/17 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 5.4/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.6/12 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 6.0/10 (#2)
Fox – “Making History”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.1/11 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Family Guy”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Time After Time”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 6.3/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Justice”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “The Last Man on Earth”: 1.3/ 2 (#3)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Crime”: 1.2/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Shades of Blue”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Crime”: 1.2/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Shades of Blue”: 3.1/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Poor ABC and Fox. Fox has so many issues on their schedule that they may just keep most of the Sunday shows next fall just so they don’t have to mess with it.

    • Both networks deserve their ratings idiot scheduling leads to bad ratings. I don’t feel sorry for either one of them because ABC could’ve done so many other things to improve on the night like their doing better in the summer with game shows than they do during the year. For FOX should’ve moved the animation lineup to Tuesdays a long time ago allowing Sundays to take advantage of the NFL lead-in.

        • Yeah it is really sad I’m still a fan of broadcast TV and some of this is on the network execs but some of this is also the natural erosion of live broadcast television.

          • 90% of it is on the execs and their “producer” and “star” buddies who can’t make a decent show.

            If it wasn’t on them, why aren’t they matching NCIS and Big Bang Theory?

            That said, the agony of American scripted TV is painful to see… 🙁

      • I can say NBC is lucky. They only have to program March through May in the regular season due to football.

        • That is true about NBC they don’t even have to worry about the challenges that come with programming Sunday nights most of the season. SNF buys them that luck right now.

          • It’s on purpose. Bob Greenblatt can’t develop a hit to save his life.

            a reason he bought for a lot more money than CBS was willing to part
            with a bunch of relatively low-rated games on Thursdays…

            he can do is get Variety and to publish endless
            blurbs saying that NBC is on the comeback trail and buy as much sports
            as he can.

  2. Suggestions for ABC for Sunday…
    Shark Tank moves here
    If the new Friday reality option with Eric Stonestreet does okay business, move that with it and go for 2 hours of Friday comedy.

    Suggestions for Fox:
    Move the animation block and Last Man on Earth to Thursdays while they fix Sunday-Wednesday. Focus on those nights first. Another idea would be the Mick into the animation block on Tuesdays if they don’t have enough new comedies. Maybe use Brooklyn 99 as the 7:30 comedy into Lethal Weapon and another new crime show next year on Sundays. I’d overhaul Mondays and try a new show with Empire on Wednesdays.

    • I actually suggested before that the animation block move to Tuesdays and FOX using Sundays behind the NFL to boost stuff.

      • All this is moving the deck chairs.

        Only solution: fire all their execs and hire someone with some knowledge of what is a good show.

    • I like the idea of an expanded Friday comedy block. I think the will pair LMS with the Carol burnett show and I think there is a similar show to Dr. Ken on their development too. It would be modest at best

      Shark Tank on Sunday would be interesting. Can’t do worse than what is going on there now. Perhaps some game shows?

      FOX has been so conservative about Sunday for so long. Who would think X files use to be on this night? As did Married with Children. They need to shake something up because animation is NOT domination on this night anymore.

      • “Who would think X files use to be on this night?”

        Who would think ER, Friends, Seinfeld used to be on Thursday?…

        The whole schedule is a stark reminder of how much better US TV used to be.

        Similar show to Dr. Ken: Only in modern Hollywood would the network want to copy shows that didn’t hit…

  3. ABC and FOX deserve their ratings due to idiot scheduling. For FOX the Animation lineup needs to finally move next year and move to Tuesdays and Sundays needs to be random programming that the NFL boosts because FOX has no promotional platforms anymore. A live pageant competition would be a perfect option on Sundays for FOX.

    ABC needs to just clean that entire lineup out behind AFHV, I suggested before that ABC needs to bring back the Movie of the Week and call it a day no more weekly scripted series. I would also bring Shark Tank to Sundays so that they can finally bring back TGIF on Fridays while they still have LMS around.

    Chicago Justice seems to have finally stabilized as it probably draws another 1.0 this week but it seems based on the overnights to be doing better than the comedies that were there behind LMS last year. Shades of Blue is also doing better than Hollywood Game Night as well.

    • AFHV will out live us all although don’t watch it anymore stopped watching years ago. Yeah FOX needs to do something new on Sundays cartoon block would stable Tue’s for FOX I I know Fox will not do that. I think ABC should do game shows on Sunday’s or go with TV movie of the week which broadcasters seem to stop doing TV movie of a week in the late 90’s to only cable like Lifetime, Hallmark etc do now.
      Not that I was a fan of TV movie of the week unless I was interested in said movie from promo’s.

      • The MOW used to be awesome. Great actors in great scripts directed by good directors with good cinematography and music…

        But that was in the 70s and early 80s…

        The “disease of the week” trend started killing the MOW and “Ripped from the headlines” finished it off (remember titles like “Betrayed by Love: The Jane Doe Story”…)

        Executives will tell you that it’s too hard today to promote a new movie each week, but when most were great, it wasn’t so difficult… And they’re also the ones telling you yo can’t make a good TV show any longer because of the internet… 😉 🙁

    • It’s not the scheduling. It’s making really awful shows and then renewing them once they’ve flopped.

    • At this rate, a movie of the week may do slightly better than their scripted lineup at a cheaper cost. At least until they fix all the holes they have Monday through Friday. This is getting really really bad. They have ignored this night and pretended Once Upon a Time is doing epic. It’s doing worse than Grimm on NBC and it’s on Low rated Friday. I think next season they need to announce a reduced order final season and be done with it. It has run its course.

      • Exactly ABC is in a position right now to just run with the movie of the week. It’s really cheap and would draw different viewers to the network every week based on the type of movie they put out there.

        I think that’s the problem there they’ve ignored this night for too long without doing anything drastic they caught up with thinking OUAT was some beast when it had fallen off like maybe 3-4 years ago. That’s a good point it’s doing worse than Grimm which airs on a Friday and is in its final season. I agree that next year needs to be OUAT’s last one and they need a drastic turnover for the night.

        • I have to disagree with you on the idea that a movie would be cheap, at least if you mean they’d make original product.

          Movies are a lot more expensive than TV shows (except for the couple of hits where the actors are getting huge amounts).

          They don’t have to be outrageously expensive like the ill-fated Fringe pilot that sent audiences scurrying for the remote, but every new movie you have to build new sets, hire a new team etc…

          I’m not saying they shouldn’t do it. They should. There’s lots of reasons for it (the ability to backdoor pilots as movies, the ability to sell the movies independently of a hit show which they can’t make any longer etc…)

          They could (and should) also go back to the basic and make movies hinging of good scripts, good acting and good filmmaking and not on being flashy.

          On OUAT, that show should have been cut years ago. It has next to no syndication potential and is a huge opportunity cost… But then again we’re talking Paul Lee and Channing Dungey here… It’s not like bad ratings every made them think twice (or so it seems!)