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CBS Wins Atypical Evening in the Overnights

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 3.3/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 3, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to the live Presidential announcement of the Supreme Court nomination from 8-8:17 p.m. ET.

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS won this atypical final Tuesday in January, besting No. 2 NBC in the household overnights by 24 percent. Third overall was Fox, followed by ABC and The CW, which was the only broadcast network to air its regularly scheduled line-up (dramas “The Flash” and relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”). But due to President Trump’s live announcement of the Supreme Court nomination, which was telecast from 8-8:17 p.m. ET, the traditional program analysis is excluded today.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, January 31 by half-hour. Keep in mind that all individual program averages are approximate.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – Presidential Conference / “The Middle” (R): 3.3/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Presidential Conference / “2 Broke Girls” (R): 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – Presidential Conference / “The Wall” (R): 3.6/ 6 (#2)
Fox – Presidential Conference “ 1.8/ 3 / “New Girl” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#1t)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#1t)
Fox – “The Mick:: 2.1/ 3 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.0/ 3 (#3): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals” (R): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Wall”: 4.0/ 6 (#1)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “This is Us” (R): 3.2/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.9/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “This is Us” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#2)

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. Where are the half hour break downs? I have noticed this place is slacking on that as of late.

    Agents of SHIELD lost to two repeats. That’s really bad. This season has been a mixed bag. It will either end this season or get a reduced order fifth and final season. ABC has so many problems that it is hard to figure out which one will happen.

      • They should do the same with Once Upon a Time too. At least NBC had since enough to know Grimm’s numbers dropped last season so they gave it a final season this season. I don’t see ABC being as smart. They need a better Sunday anchor or change Sunday up entirely. A comedy block would be interesting as there are no comedies on Sunday besides animation.