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NBC Tops First Monday of the New Season

Positive Sampling for Sitcoms 'Kevin Can Wait' on CBS and 'The Good Place' on NBC

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Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.1/11, CBS: 6.7/11, ABC: 6.1/10, Fox: 2.9/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change From Saturday 7/04/15:
Fox: + 4, CBS and NBC:- 8 each, ABC: -10, CW: -12


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

-Solid Sampling:

“Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “The Good Place” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Gotham” (Fox), “The Match Game” (ABC)


-Ratings Analysis:

On your mark, get so, go…it is the start of the new television season. Each of the Big 3 networks had something positive to say on this opening night Monday.

NBC topped the evening care it its combination of the season-premiere of “The Voice” (#1 overall: 8.0/12 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.) and the two-episode premiere/preview of sitcom “The Good Place” (10 p.m.: #1, 6.0/10; 10:30 p.m.: #2, 4.7/ 8). Comparably, “The Voice” was on par from the year-ago season opener, which translated into 12.37 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. And “The Voice” bested competing “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC (7.6/12 from 8-10 p.m.) by five percent in households.

One year earlier, “Dancing With the Stars” scored an almost identical 7.9/12 in the household overnights, which resulted in 11.46 million viewers and a 1.8/ 6 in adults 18-49. In other words, both “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” should have no trouble maintaining year-ago levels this season.

With solid lead-in support, NBC sitcom “The Good Place” was certainly sampled. But overnight slippage for the 10 p.m. premiere was 27 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (8.2/13). And erosion for the 10:30 p.m. episode was 22 percent (6.0/10 to 4.7/ 8). “The Good Place” debuts in its regularly scheduled Thursday 8:30 p.m. time period out of the season-premiere of “Superstore” this week.

Also on ABC last night was the season-finale of “The Match Game” at a third-place 3.2/ 6 in the overnights at 10 p.m.

Top-rated for the evening, of course, was the 10th season-premiere of CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” with a 10.6/17 at 8 p.m. Comparably, this was nine percent below the 11.6/18 for the year-ago season-opener, which translated into 18.20 million viewers and a 4.7/ 7 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Leading out of “The Big Bang Theory” was the series-premiere of Kevin James sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” at a third-place 7.1/11 at 8:30 p.m., which was right on par with the series-premiere of “Life in Pieces” one year earlier (7.2/11 on 9/21/15). That 7.2 in the overnights for “Life in Pieces” translated into 11.28 million viewers and a 2.6/ 8 in adults 18-49. Comparably, overnight retention for “Kevin Can Wait” out of “The Big Bang Theory” was an expected 67 percent.

Next on CBS was the conclusion of two-part “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” at a comfortable 5.6/ 9 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m.

Over at Fox, season three of “Gotham” opened at a sluggish 2.8/ 4 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was 12 percent below the 3.2/ 5 for the year-ago season-premiere. That 3.2 in the overnights translated into 4.57 million viewers and a 1.6/ 5 in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data).

The season two premiere of lead-out “Lucifer” perked up by one-tenth of a household rating point with a 2.9/ 5 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, and of positive note, that was 26 percent above the series-premiere of failed year-ago time period occupant “Minority Report.”

The CW, which is basically sitting out this week, populated the evening with two repeat episodes of “Supergirl” at an average 0.7/ 1 on the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.

Here is the half-hour breakdown:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.6/12 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (season premiere): 10.6/17 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 7.4/12 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham” (season premiere): 2.8/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.9/12 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (series premiere): 7.1/11 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 7.7/12 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham” (season premiere): 2.8/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.8/12 (#2)
CBS – “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey”: 5.3/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 8.6/13 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (season premiere): 2.9/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.4/11 (#2)
CBS – “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey”: 5.1/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season premiere): 8.2/13 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (season premiere): 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (season finale): 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey”: 5.9/10 (#2)
NBC – “The Good Place” (series premiere/preview): 6.0/10 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (season finale): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey”: 6.0/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Good Place”: 4.7/ 8 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Kevin Can Wait was not very good. They tried to introduce every single character into the pilot episode… Wife, three kids, fiancee, and the four best friends. Everything seemed rushed. Also, doesn’t Kevin seem a little young for retiring from the police force? Unless we’re talking Paul Blart, Mall Cop?

    • Executives love to introduce every character in the pilot. That’s why new pilots tend to be so bad (that and the endless micro-managing of the shooting by a horde of executives…)

  2. Too bad we can’t vote for more than one TV show. I voted for “Bull” but also look forward to watching “This Is Us”.

    • Surprised that people want to watch This Is Us here. The trailer was so pretentious it turned me right off.

  3. Was there an explanation why a kind of unlikable shlub like that Kevin Can Wait person has such a hot wife? Did they both start off fat and she lost weight or did they both start off skinny? It makes no sense, it’s not like Kevin on the show is some kind of hotshot, he’s just a former cop.

  4. That may have been my least favorite episode of BBT ever. I don’t think I laughed a single time. Not sure why Penny’s family turned me off so much. I enjoyed Kevin more than I thought I would…didn’t love it but it was not as trite as I thought it would be.

    • Agree with you about the quality (with the exception of the Star Wars Promo Episode which I found outright gross).

      I did laugh once.

      The actor playing her brother was just obnoxious and has one facial expression. He also never looked or acted the part, which made the jokes about him just annoying.

      They also failed to use Keith Carradine who is an amazing actor and was very funny on previous episodes.

      Overall it felt like it had been written by people who had watched three episodes of the show…

  5. Kevin Can Wait: Snooze! May give it another episode because I like him and there were a few potentially bright moments but the daughter’s boyfriend was weird, not funny and I agree he seems too young to be retired.