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Modest Start for ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ on NBC

'How To Get Away With Murder' Concludes for the Season on ABC


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.4/ 7, NBC: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CBS: -15, ABC: – 4, NBC: -10, CW: -29, Fox: -67

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remained in the Thursday overnight winners circle, besting No. 2 ABC by an average of five percent. Leading the evening, of course, was “The Big Bang Theory” at a 9.0 rating/15 share in households in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But the Eye net can certainly do better at 8:30 p.m. than “The Great Indoors” (#2: 4.7/ 8), which slid by a hefty 48 percent. Competing “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, which will reach the 300-episode mark next season, was no slouch at a competitive 5.6/ 9 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m.

In series-premiere news, “The Blacklist: Redemption” got off to a modest start on NBC with a second-place 2.9/ 5 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that trailed the season-finale of ABC’s competing “How To Get Away With Murder” (#1: 3.7/ 7) by 22 percent. It was also 15 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Shades of Blue” (3.4/ 6 on 2/25/16). While the retention for “The Blacklist: Redemption” out of the winter finale of parent series “The Blacklist” (#3: 3.5/ 6 from 9-10 p.m.) was respectable at 82 percent, keep in mind that most new series decline by 10 to 20 percent in week two.

Third in the 10 p.m. hour was CBS’ recently introduced “Training Day” at a mere 2.4/ 4, which dropped from lead-in “Life in Pieces” (3.9/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.) by 36 percent and is on borrowed time.

Also on the Eye net was reliable “Mom” at dominant 5.1/ 8 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which built from aforementioned lead-in “The Great Indoors” (#2: 4.7/ 8) by nine percent in the overnights.

Earlier in the evening on NBC were sitcoms “Superstore” (#4: 2.2/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which is confirmed to return for season three, and recently introduced “Powerless” (#4: 1.6/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), which has no shot at a second season.

On ABC, a 9 p.m. installment of “How To Get Away With Murder” scored a second-place 3.9/ 6 in the household overnights.

Elsewhere, Fox is clearly feeling the loss of “American Idol” with the combination of “MasterChef Junior” (#3: 2.6/ 4) and “My Kitchen Rules” (#4: 1.5/ 2), which, on average, declined by 67 percent from the year-ago two-hour edition of “Idol” (6.0/ 9 on 2/25/16). And The CW was at typical Thursday household overnight levels with its paring of “Supernatural” (#5: 1.1/ 2) and “Riverdale” (0.8/ 1).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, February 23:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 9.0/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “How To Get Away With Murder”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (winter finale): 3.4/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “How To Get Away With Murder”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (winter finale): 3.8/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (season finale): 3.8/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Training Day”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption” (series premiere): 3..0/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (season finale): 3.6/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Training Day”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (winter finale): 2.8/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I knew Redemption would bomb since The Blacklist itself lost a lot of steam but kudos for The Blacklist growing so much out of low-rated Superstore. I think NBC will keep it going but move it to Fridays next season potentially with SVU or another veteran.

    Superstore with those numbers should’ve never been given a season three either. I really hope Will & Grace works out for them so they can move away from these loser ass niche comedies. I would like to see instead of NBC run either repeats of Little Big Shots or The Voice clips show on Thursdays at 8pm in front of new episodes of Chicago Med when Med is new that will help out the night drastically.

    Great job by Mom I would really like to see it in the same lineup with Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan next season it’s all by itself on Thursdays.

    • You think NBC will put Will and Grace Thursday at 8PM? Ballsy unless they are that confident. Though I do realize BBT isn’t putting up the demos it did a few years ago. It use to crack 4 and 5 demos. Now it has hit below 3 demos two weeks straight. Demos are down to first season levels. Though still very good by today’s standards.

      I see Redemption as a limited series to get Tom’s background out of the way. They were doing it along with the other plots at the same time on the mother show. I also don’t see it getting a second season. Blacklist will get another season.

      • I think that’s NBC’s goal but it would be stupid to put it there considering BBT like you said and I know both shows will share the same audience. NBC really needs Will & Grace to succeed badly and it has to be in a slot where the competition is weak and doesn’t share an audience with anything huge against it. I’m not sure how long BBT will last maybe its got one more season or two left in it but NBC should keep W&G away from it although BBT is starting to weaken up and has already peaked as a series.

        I hope NBC doesn’t premiere W&G in the fall considering they have the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics next February to launch it. Ultimately where it goes will be interesting.

        Yeah Redemption probably just gets this season and that’s it but The Blacklist gets another season next year on Fridays.

  2. The Blacklist is still a great show and the DVR numbers are high but NBC has done everything it can do to destroy it by putting it in poor time slots. I think it will get a 5th season but NBC needs to move it to a different night. In terms of quality and storyline it probably has two or three years left, but I am guessing next season is the final season unless something is done. Redemption has potential but usually the ratings drop after the first episode and I am not sure unless the ratings remain the same or go up a little if NBC is going to renew both it and the original Blacklist together. More than likely because it is the veteran show and James Spader is a bonafide star, the original Blacklist gets a 5th and likely final season (which would also put it over 100 episodes) and Redemption has a short run. It is a shame because Redemption has a lot of potential.

    • I don’t see Redemption getting another season either. I see this as a limited series to get Tom’s background out of the way since they were doing that with the mother show simultaneously. I still enjoy the Blacklist. I liked the “winter finale”. I am curious how this will go because Red is losing people fast this season.

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