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Respectable Overnight Sampling for ‘Man with a Plan’ on CBS

'Kevin Can Wait,' However, is Off to a Positive Start in the 8 p.m. Half-Hour

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.1/10, NBC: 6.0/ 9, CBS: 4.4/ 7, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +100, Fox: +14, ABC: – 5, NBC: -17, CBS: -42

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-Winners: “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
-Honorable Mention: “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Scorpion” (CBS)
-Respectable Sampling: “Man with a Plan” (CBS)
-Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

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Ratings Breakdown:
ABC inched past NBC for overnight household dominance on this sixth Monday of the new television season, but the home of “The Voice,” of course, owns the night in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). But the bigger news was the CBS 8-9 p.m. comedies, with “Kevin Can Wait” moving into the 8 p.m. half-hour with a respectable 5.2 rating/8 share in the household overnights, which was on par with the 5.3/ 8 one week earlier out of “The Big Bang Theory.” That 5.3 overnight household rating translated into 8.54 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. And this means that “Kevin Can Wait” can stand on its own without the lead-in support from “The Big Bang Theory.” Thumbs up, Kevin James!

Next on CBS was the series-premiere of Matt LeBlanc comedy “Man with a Plan” at a third-place 4.9/ 7 in households at 8:30 p.m. While overnight retention of 94 percent for “Man with a Plan” makes it a compatible fit out of “Kevin Can Wait,” you could also argue that the sampling should have been stronger. Let’s see what happens next week.

The problem on CBS, however, is tired “2 Broke Girls,” which slipped to a 3.8/ 6 (#3) at 9 p.m., 22 percent below “Man with a Plan.” And that led into a 3.2/ 5 (#3) for “The Odd Couple,” at 9:30 p.m., which is well below overnight levels from Thursday (out of “The Big Bang Theory”) last season.

Capping off CBS was relocated “Scorpion,” which built by 46 percent out of “”The Odd Couple” with a first-place 4.7/ 8 in the 10 p.m. hour. Comparably, “Scorpion” outdelivered competing dramas “Timeless” on NBC (#2: series low 3.5/ 6) and “Conviction” on ABC (#3: 3.4/ 6) by 34 percent and 38 percent, respectively. While “Conviction” actually increased by six percent from the 3.2/ 6 one week earlier, it was still only close to year-ago levels for an encore telecast of “Castle.”

Earlier in the evening, “Dancing With the Stars” led the 8-10 p.m. block in the household overnights, followed by a 7.2/11 for “The Voice.”

Elsewhere, Fox cannot compete with its combination of dramas “Gotham” and “Lucifer” each at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4. But a 2.0/ 3 (#5) for “Supergirl” on The CW at 8 p.m. remains a marked improvement from the 0.6/ 1 on the year-ago evening for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Unfortunately, The CW’s relocated “Jane the Virgin” slipped to only a 0.8/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, October 24:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.5/12 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (time period premiere): 5.2/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.1/ 11 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.5/11 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan” (series premiere): 4.9/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.3/11 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.5/11 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.2/11 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 7.5/12 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 7.2/11 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)

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. Word of advice to ABC. Give Conviction and Notorious a week in each other’s time slots. Might be able to make one work in the others slot.

    • Funny and creative idea. 🙂 My guess is they’d lose what little viewership they had. It’s a move that would have worked better when the networks had huge audiences and advertising the move on the network was enough.