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Monday Overnights: ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Down but Still Dominant

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.0/ 8, NBC: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:

Fox: +18, NBC: – 6, ABC: – 9, CW: -10, CBS: -16

-Ratings Breakdown:
The return of “Dancing with the Stars” led ABC to Monday overnight victory, lifting the network to a nine percent advantage over second-place NBC. This abbreviated four-episode edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” themed “Athletes,” scored a 6.2 rating/10 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that bested competing “The Voice” on NBC (5.5/ 9) by 13 percent, and it was 17 percent above “American Idol” one week earlier (5.3/ 9 on April 23). But “Dancing with the Stars” was also 14 percent below the 7.2/12 in the overnights on the year-ago evening. And already eliminating two contestants in the first telecast seemed awfully rushed to me.

Also opening a new season was detective drama “Elementary” on CBS, which won the 10 p.m. hour with a modest 3.3/ 6 in the household overnights. Comparably, this was similar to recent time period occupant “Scorpion,” which is on the fence for renewal. And it beat competing “Good Girls” on NBC (2.7/ 5) and “The Crossing” on ABC (2.6/ 5) by 22 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Chances of a second season for both “Good Girls” and “The Crossing” are questionable at best.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was the 8-10 p.m. sitcom combination of “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 3.3/ 6), compatible “Man with a Plan” (#3: 3.2/ 5), “Superior Donuts” (#4: 2.9/ 5) and an encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” (#4: 2.9/ 5), which has stepped in for recent failed entry “Living Biblically.”

Elsewhere, Fox has nothing unusual to report with its pairing of dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 2.2/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “The Resident” (#3: 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m.). And The CW featured “Supergirl” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into on the fence “iZombie” (#5: 0.5/ 1), which slipped by 58 percent.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Monday, April 30 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” (season premiere): 6.3/11 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” (season premiere): 6.2/10 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” (season premiere): 6.0/10 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” (season premiere): 6.2/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#4)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “The Resident”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Good Girls”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary” (season premiere): 3.2/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Good Girls”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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