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Monday Overnights: NBC Wins; Debut of Drama ‘Manifest’ Amply Sampled

CBS Gets a Lift Thanks to the Now Final Season of 'The Big bang Theory'

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.6/11, CBS: 6.3/10, ABC: 5.4/ 9, Fox: 4.3/ 7, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +169, NBC: +12, CW: no change, CBS: – 7, ABC: -18

-Ratings Breakdown:
As always, these household overnights are a precursor to what could lie ahead once additional data arrives. This is your initial look. With that in mind, NBC topped this first evening of the 2018-19 TV season in the household overnights, with the debut of drama “Manifest” in the 10 p.m. hour amply sampled.

In the battle of the reality/competitions, both “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” took a backseat to CBS comedies “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” But the absence of “Big Bang” next season could obviously be a concern for “Young Sheldon.”

The season-premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” scored a solid 6.8 rating/11 share in households from 8-10 p.m. (#2), which bested the season-opener of ABC’s competing “Dancing With the Stars” (#3: 5.6/ 9) by 21 percent. Comparably, “The Voice” was just four percent below the 6.8/11 for the year-ago season premiere (6.8/11 on 9/25/17), while “Dancing With the Stars” slipped by just 8 percent (6.1/10). In other words, the expectations for this season should be close to one year earlier for both competitions. Naturally, “The Voice” will attract a younger skew.

The debut of NBC’s aforementioned “Manifest” scored a dominant 6.9/12 in households in the 10 p.m. hour, which built by five percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Voice” (6.6/11) and was a hefty 72 percent above the series-premiere of failed year-ago time period occupant “The Brave” (4.0. 7). “Manifest” also outdelivered the season premiere installments of competing “Bull” on CBS (#2: 5.1/ 9) and “”The Good Doctor” on ABC (#3: 5.0/ 8) by 35 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

The positive for “Bull”: improvement of 31 percent from year-ago time period occupant “Scorpion” (3.9/ 7). The bad news for “Bull”: Minus the lead-in support from “NCIS” expect noticeable erosion this season.

“The Good Doctor” on ABC, meanwhile, slipped by 33 percent from the 7.5/13 from the year-ago series-premiere.

The night’s other series premiere was the reboot of “Magnum, PI,” which was sampled at a second-place 5.6/ 9 in households in the 9 p.m. hour.

But the more realistic test will be how this fares next week, and beyond, once new CBS comedies “The Neighborhood” and “Happy Together” open Monday.

Tops for the night was the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory,” which scored a 9.1/15 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. And that led into the second season premiere of “Young Sheldon” at a dominant 7.1/11 at 8:30 p.m. But “Young Sheldon” dropped by 34 percent from its year-ago series premiere (10.7/17) and will not have “The Bang Theory” to support it next season. “Big Bang,” meanwhile, dropped by 30 percent from its year-ago opener (11.4/18).

Also opening for the season was Fox medical drama “The Resident” at a 3.7/ 6 (#4) at 8 p.m. The time period premiere of also sophomore “9-1-1” perked up to a 4.9/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#4), which could be enough to beat competing “Magnum, PI” in adults 18-49.

The CW populated the evening with “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and two episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Monday, September 24 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 5.9/10 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (season premiere): 9.1/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.3/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Resident” (season premiere): 3.7/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 5.8/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (season premiere): 7.1/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.5/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Resident” (season premiere): 3.7/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 5.5/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Magnum PI” (series premiere): 5.7/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.6/10 (#1)
Fox – “9-1-1” (time period premiere): 4.9/ 8 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars” (season premiere): 5.2/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Magnum PI” (series premiere): 5.5/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 6.6/11 (#1)
Fox – “9-1-1” (time period premiere): 5.0/ 8 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor” (season premiere): 5.1/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (season premiere): 5.2/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Manifest” (series premiere): 7.2/12 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Good Doctor” (season premiere): 4.8/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (season premiere): 5.0/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Manifest” (series premiere): 6.6/12 (#1)

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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  1. Still predicting Manifest to drop like a stone. With no “Sheldon” lead in, Magnum PI will probably end up falling behind 9-1-1 but could still be noticeable year to year improvement for CBS (as is Bull). I’m not expecting long life spans for either of those new CBS comedies next week. The Good Doctor experiencing the usual sophomore slump but still a strong 10pm show for ABC. DWTS could use some real celebrities (and a flat out break this spring). I don’t think an added Sunday edition will help much this fall. ABC might have been better off putting the regular edition on Sundays and airing a results show and/or something else on Mondays.

  2. Surprised at the Manifest numbers but like the other person says in his post, I think it will drop pretty hard. Although, having said that, that half hour drop is nor horrendous.
    Also surprised, but in a negative way, how much Young Sheldon dropped from BBT. Wasn’t it holding on to more of the BBT audience, percentage wise, last season?