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Overnight Scorecard: CBS Leads First Thursday in May

Freshman Entries 'The Catch' on ABC, 'Rush Hour' on CBS, 'American Gtir' on Fox, and NBC's 'Strong' and 'Game of Silence' Continue to Underperform


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +11, ABC: -13, CBS: -14, NBC: -22, Fox: -35


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this first Thursday in May, besting No. 2 ABC by seven percent in the household overnights. Tops for the evening, of course, was “The Big Bang Theory” at a 9.0 rating/16 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But a 5.1/ 9 for sophomore “The Odd Couple” at 8:30 p.m. (which begins a second weekly airing Monday at 9:30 p.m. next week) slipped by a considerable 43 percent.

Next on CBS was “Mom” at a dominant 5.4/ 8 at 9 p.m., which built from “The Odd Couple” by six percent, followed by “2 Broke Girls” at a third-place 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. and recent entry “Rush Hour” at a 3.1/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m. There is no reason to expect a second season renewal for “Rush House.”

ABC had nothing unusual to report in the household overnights with its combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 5.8/10), “Scandal” (#2: 4.8/ 7) and recent Shonda Rhimes entry “The Catch” (#1: 3.4/ 6), which was on par with year-ago time period occupant “American Crime.” Given how poorly ABC has fared in the new scripted drama department this season, a second season of “The Catch” is very possible.

Next was NBC, which will have to repair the Thursday 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET hours next season. Recent reality/competition “Strong” did not live up to its title, with a distant fourth-place 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m. Next was “The Blacklist,” which perked up to a third-place 4.5/ 7 at 9 p.m. But recent drama addition “Game of Silence,” despite the positive reviews, slipped to a 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 32 percent below “Dateline” on the year-ago evening (3.4/ 6 on 5/6/15). The logical solution for the Thursday 10 p.m. hour on NBC next season is recent occupant “Shades of Blue.”

Elsewhere, Fox’s “Bones” (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which is concluding next season, led into a mere 1.2/ 2 for waiting-to-be canceled “American Grit” at 9 p.m. And “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW scored a typical 1.3/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. into a modest 0.8/ 1 for “The 100” at 9 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research