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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

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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