MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2016
CBS: 5.5 rating/9 share, ABC: 5.4/ 8, Fox: 4.1/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1
Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +14, ABC: – 8, CBS: -11, CW: -22, NBC: -62
CBS, which inched past ABC by one-tenth of a rating point, had nothing unusual to report in the household overnights with its combination of “Supergirl” (#3: 4.6 rating/7 share), sophomore “Scorpion” (#1 for the night: 6.4/10) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#1: 5.6/ 9). While “Supergirl” is not necessarily the hit CBS was hoping for, the younger audience skew is definitely beneficial and chances of a second season renewal are likely.
ABC, meanwhile, scored a solid 6.1/ 9 in the household overnights for “The Bachelor” from 8-10 p.m., which increased by 22 percent from last week (where it competed with “The Grammy Awards” on CBS). “The Bachelor” should be more than enough to lift ABC to victory for the night in adults 18-49 (and the other key young adult demographics). But a 3.8/ 7 for older-skewing lead-out “Castle” (#2) at 10 p.m. is another reason why this should be its final season.
There were four season (or series) finales last night. Worthy NBC sitcom “Superstore” scored a typical 3.2/ 5 (#4) at 8 p.m., which speaking from a quality standpoint is a virtual guarantee of a second season renewal. But lead-out “Telenovela,” which has been short on chuckles all season, dropped to a 2.1/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. (#4) and is unlikely to return. Next was the two-hour season-ender of “The Biggest Loser,” which at a 2.6/ 4 from 9-11 p.m. is really in need of a rest. For more on why “Superstore” deserves a second season, click here.
Next week, NBC will feature the returns of “The Voice” and “Blindspot.”
The final season finale from last night, which will likely result in a series pick-up if David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson agree to return, was Fox’s “The X-Files” at a consistent 4.9/ 7 from 8-9 p.m., which should result in another positive performance in the young adult demos. Recently introduced “Lucifer” followed with a 3.2/ 5 from 9-10 p.m., which was 35 percent below lead-in “The X-Files” and equal to last week. Next week, “Gotham” returns on Fox at 8 p.m. into “Lucifer.”
Last, and very least, was The CW’s pairing of the comically themed (but perennially ratings challenged) “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” each at a 0.7/ 1. An idea for The CW next season might be to have the pair share the Monday 9 p.m. hour out of proposed new drama “Riverdale,” which is based on the Archie comic book characters. What do you think? (post any comments below).
Source: Nielsen Media Research