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Monday Overnights: ‘The Good Doctor’ Remains a Breakout Hit for ABC

CBS Continues to Under Deliver


Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.7/11, NBC: 5.1/ 8, CBS: 3.3/ 5, Fox: 2.4/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: + 6, NBC: – 2, Fox: – 8, CBS: -20, CW: -29


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC scored a solid Monday overnight victory, besting No. 2 NBC by 31 percent in households with its combination of old faithful “Dancing With the Stars” (#1 for the night: 6.7 rating/11 share from 8-10 p.m.) and newbie hit “The Good Doctor” (#1: 6.6/12 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “The Good Doctor” was 113 percent above failed year-ago time period occupant “Conviction” (3.1/ 5 on 11/14/16), and it outdelivered competing “Scorpion” on CBS (#2: 3.3/ 6) and “The Brave” on NBC (#3: 3.1/ 5) combined.

Although Freddie Highmore never received any Emmy attention for his five season stint on A&E drama “Bates Motel,” that should easily be rectified with “The Good Doctor.”

In season-premiere news, CBS sitcom “Man With a Plan” opened season two with a modest 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m., which was 13 percent below its year-ago overnight performance (3.9/ 6 on 11/14/16). Retention out of lead-in “Keven Can Wait” (#3: 4.0/ 6 at 8 p.m.), however, was solid at 85 percent.

Next on CBS was sophomore “Superior Donuts” at a 3.2/ 5 in the 9 p.m. half-hour (#3), which is like a modern day “Cheers” set in a donut shop and is worthy of a larger audience. That led into a series-low 2.9/ 5 (#3) for freshman “Apt. 9JKL” at 9:30 p.m., which is similar to former failed time period occupant “Me, Myself & I.” One year earlier, “The Odd Couple” scored a 3.1/ 5 in the time period.

On NBC, “The Voice” was on the overnight map with a second-place 6.0/10 from 8-10 p.m., which will be more than enough to win the two-hour block in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).

Elsewhere, both Fox (“Lucifer”: #4: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.; “The Gifted”: #4: 2.2/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and The CW (“Supergirl” #5: 1.4/ 2; “Valor”: #5: 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.) were at typical overnight levels.

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, November 13, 2017.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 7.0/11 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.0/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.7/11 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan” (season premiere): 3.4/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.1/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.6/10 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing with the Stars”: 6.7/11 (#1)
CBS – “Aprt. 9JKL”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.8/11 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.4/ 6 (#2t)
NBC – “The Brave”: 3.4/ 6 (#2t)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor”: 6.5/12 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Brave”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. What happened with Scorpion? Was it the new competition, did the plot wear thin quickly, is it the poorer lead-in?

    • I never understood why it did so comparatively well in the first place.

      Nothing against it, I just don’t see it.

      Perhaps you (or someone else here) would have a theory. It’s be interesting to read and discuss (or not if you don’t want to).

    • I watch the show. While I still like it,, most are saying the stories aren’t as interesting and they are putting too much comedy in it.

      • Thanks for your opinion. Much appreciated.

        It’s interesting because I think NCIS’ longevity has a lot to do with the humor. I sometimes would describe it as a sitcom with dead bodies… 😉

        Of course you have to dose it right, which is hard.

  2. You knew it was coming didn’t you? 😉

    Well, here goes: Good Doctor is not a hit, let alone a “breakout hit”. A breakout hit should have about twice as many viewers.

    We do disagree because I do take into account the horrid level of current production and the fact those awful ratings are not the product of the internet, streaming, Netflix, video games, computer games… They are the result of bad shows.

    Edit: To give a more concrete idea, 10 million viewers was, not long ago CBS’ average. A hit should beat that by a wide margin.

    • The Good Doctor is not a hit? LOL YOu officially jumped the shark on that one. What do you expect? 20 mil a night and every night in the internet age? If so, then you are going to be whiney for the rest of the television age because it aint happening

      • Me and the Fonz!!! Yeah!!! ;D

        Like I said, a hit should be able to beat a network average by a lot. Otherwise, it’s not a hit, it’s a solid show, which The Good Doctor is, and which is sadly rare.

        The bad ratings are not caused by “the internet age”, they are caused by bad shows nobody wants to see on any platform.

        I am not expecting pre-internet numbers, but when The Walking Dead could get 17 million viewers on basic cable, I really don’t think it’s too much to want something resembling that of a network hit.

        As far as not happening, I agree with you. The way the networks are currently managed, it’ll take a lot of luck to get a hit given that they keep ordering from confirmed flop-makers and renew tons of flops. It limits the chance of getting lucky.