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Freshman Thursday Network Series Continue to Falter

'The Big Bang Theory' Leads CBS to Thursday Overnight Victory

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.3/ 7, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Note: Fox aired the series finale of “American Idol.”
CBS: – 2, ABC: – 6, NBC: -12, CW: -18, Fox: -82

-Ratings Breakdown:
“The Big Bang Theory” lifted CBS to another Thursday overnight victory, with a consistent 8.5 rating/15 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But a second-place 4.4/ 7 for “The Great Indoors” at 8:30 p.m., which slipped by 48 percent, means the pink slip is pending.

Second overall in the 8 p.m. hour was “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC at a consistent 5.6/10, followed by “MasterChef Junior” on Fox at a very distant 2.4/ 4. The steep year-to-year losses for Fox is a result of the finale of “American Idol” airing one year earlier.

Capping off the 8 p.m. hour were NBC comedies “Superstore” (#4: 2.2/ 4) and “Powerless” (#4: 1.5/ 2), and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (1.1/ 2). “Powerless,” which lives up to its title, is now just waiting for the proverbial axe to swing.

At 9 p.m., “Mom” on CBS perked up to a 5.1/ 8 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, building by 16 percent from lead-in “The Great Indoors.” Allison Janney may have to make room for another Emmy on her mantelpiece following her performance last night. “Mom” led into a 3.8/ 6 for “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 p.m. ET, which slipped by 25 percent.

In the battle of the 9-10 p.m. scripted dramas, “Scandal” on ABC (#1t: 4.5/ 8) bested competing “Chicago Med” on NBC (#3: 4.0/ 7) by 12 percent. The third drama, The CW’s already renewed “Riverdale,” scored a mere 0.7/ 1 and survives because of the interest in social media.

Fox’s “Kicking & Screaming,” which is also waiting for the pink slip, scored a 1.4/ 2 in the 9 p.m. hour, which dipped from lead-in “MasterChef Junior” by 42 percent.

At 10 p.m., relocated “The Amazing Race” led the hour with a 3.0/ 5. Comparably, however, that was only equal to failed year-ago time period occupant “Rush Hour.” Next was ABC’s deteriorating “The Catch” at a 2.7/ 5, followed by another drama potentially on the chopping block – NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption” at a 2.7/ 5.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, April 6:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.5/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale 0.7/ 1 (#1)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 3.3/ 5 (#1t)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.3/ 6 (#1t)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.7/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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