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Respectable Performance for ‘The Passion’ on Fox

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, March 20 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 8.96 million, NBC: 6.89, Fox: 5.35, ABC: 3.76

-Adults 18-49:

CBS: 1.4 rating/5 share, NBC and Fox: 1.4/ 4 each, ABC: 1.0/ 3


7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.13 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 11.80 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/11 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 6.73 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 3.16 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)


7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.64 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.82 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 7.44 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

Fox – Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scape (R)
Viewers: 2.54 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.66 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Little Big Shots
Viewers: 12.66 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

Fox – Passion
Viewers: 5.86 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3))


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.41 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.27 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Little Big Shots
Viewers: 13.68 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#1)

Fox – Passion
Viewers: 6.10 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – The Family
Viewers: 2.68 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.08 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

NBC – The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 5.43 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

Fox – Passion
Viewers: 6.98 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#1)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – The Family
Viewers: 2.57 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – The Good Wife
Viewers: 8.03 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2t)

NBC – The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 3.85 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2t)

Fox – Passion
Viewers: 7.48 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#1)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 3.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#1t)

CBS – The Good Wife
Viewers: 7.61 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#1t)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 2.65 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 3.46 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#1)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 5.59 million (#1), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 2.73 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. The Passion scored a solid number for FOX way up from the regular Sunday lineup but the bad news is it was easily the lowest rated of the first five musicals or plays to air so far finishing behind Peter Pan. The Sound of Music, The Wiz, and Grease were all impressive in their numbers. FOX didn’t promote it too well in my opinion like they did with Grease but at least they were lucky enough to finish the 9pm hour with high 1s and almost 8 million viewers.

    Wow the struggles for ABC post-Christmas continue as nobody’s watching this network. Can you believe that 11 years ago 30.6 million watched the first season finale of Desperate Housewives on Sunday May 22, 2005? At least they have DWTS to save their asses tonight.

    • I don’t think The Passion can really be compared to the other live musicals that NBC and FOX put on. The Passion (what I saw of it) was much more a series of live and pre-taped musical performances of pop songs that were inspired by the Biblical story, linked together with on-stage narration by Tyler Perry. Plus there were the periodic cutaways of the crucifix being walked through the city with a reporter giving live updates and interviews. I’m not sure what I’d classify the program as. It was interesting in so many ways (and quite a feat to stage) but kind of odd and disjointed.

      But I wouldn’t compare this to Grease or The Wiz.

      • I respectfully disagree it’s pretty much in the same category as the other live musicals. All of them were a bit different in some areas with The Passion being way more different and more original than the other ones so I get your point on that. No matter how different these live musicals are they’re all going to be linked together at the end of the day. Your point is a bit more valid if FOX went with this without the existence of the first four live musicals, we all know FOX isn’t doing this without NBC taking a chance on The Sound of Music. Whatever the next live TV musical is it will be linked with The Passion and the other four.

    • Sunday nights for ABC have been disappointing for a long while. Do they move a hit show to the night to revive it? Do they have something in development to spark Sundays? ABC must make helping Sunday nights a priority beginning this fall.

  2. Little Big Shots continues to be the biggest ratings story of 2016 drawing another huge number for the Peacock. It’s still shocking to see how successful this show has become and I think it has potential to grow again this season maybe even next week.

    NBC comedies were solid this week as Carmichael was actually a shocker keeping its 1.4 from last week behind a lower LBS. So decent retention for Carmichael, this show is on a straight path for renewal but the question for Carmichael is if it can continue to keep up its consistency and land a spot on the fall schedule?

    Crowded was borderline and not fractional so I’m guessing for Crowded although it could’ve done way better than that is okay for right now considering it didn’t have the direct LBS lead-in. I’m torn right now because I like a lot of other people was asking for NBC to switch Crowded with Carmichael this week but now I’m glad they didn’t do that since Carmichael scored a solid number this week.

    I still would like to see NBC at some point in April give Crowded the LBS lead-in just to see how it rates out of it. It might be beneficial for them to do that because you’ll get more sampling for Crowded instead of potentially letting it sink there in a tough timeslot. I know NBC likes Carmichael more than Crowded and it’s been their best reviewed multi-cam since they returned to the comedy format with Whitney in 2011. So it’s understandable why they let it sit right behind LBS over Crowded.

    I’m liking what I see quality wise from Crowded as well, this is a great cast and episode 3 was the best of the first 3 episodes. Hopefully it does well enough to eak out a second season.

    • Carmichael’s numbers are shockingly BAD, not good.

      It’s losing way more than half of its lead-in.

      It’s a total ratings disaster.


    Last night, THE PASSION ranked #1 in the 9-10 PM hour and #2 in the 8-10 PM time period among Adults 18-49. It also grew in each half hour including +28% (from 8 pm to 9:30 PM) among Total Viewers and +29% among Adults 18-49. FOX’s Sunday 8-10P is up +33% vs. last week among Adults 18-49, and +154% among Total Viewers.

    Last night, THE PASSION was the #1 most social broadcast program on TV on Twitter (Source: Nielsen, ranked on tweets) and had a Total earned impressions for Tweets: 18.4 Million. In addition, THE PASSION: New Orleans album currently ranks No. 1 on iTunes.

    FOX Projections


    A18-49 Live + 3 Day: 1.9 (+19% vs. L+SD)

    A18-49 Live + 7 Day: 2.0 (+25% vs. L+SD)

    Total Multi-Platform Audience: 8.5 Mil (+29% vs. L+SD)

    Live + Same Day Competitive Comparisons


    · America’s Funniest Home Videos: 1.1/4, even with last week (3/13/16, 1.1/4)

    · Once Upon A Time: 1.1/3, down -15% from last week (3/13/16, 1.3/4), series low in Live + Same Day

    · The Family: 0.7/2, down -13% from last week (3/13/16, 0.8/2), lowest to date in Live + Same Day

    · Quantico: 1.0/3, down -9% from last week (3/13/16, 1.1/3), lowest to date in Live + Same Day


    · NCAA Over-Run (S): 3.0/11

    · 60 Minutes: 1.7/6, up 42% from last week (3/13/16, 1.1/4)

    · Madam Secretary: 1.2/4, up 9% from last original (3/6/16, 1.1/4, 8-9P)

    · Good Wife: 1.0/3, up 11% from last original (3/6/16, 0.9/2, 9-10P)

    · Elementary (P): 0.8/3, down -20% from last original (3/10/16, 1.0/4, Thurs 10P), tied series low in Live + Same Day


    · Little Big Shots Encore (R): 1.2/4

    · Little Big Shots: 2.6/8, down -7% from last week’s Sunday premiere (3/13/16, P, 2.8/9)

    · Carmichael Show: 1.4/4, even with last week’s Sunday premiere (3/13/16, P, 1.4/4)

    · Crowded (P): 1.0/3, down -41% from Tuesday’s debut (3/15/16, P, 1.7/6, Tues 10P)

    · Hollywood Game Night: 0.7/2, down -13% from last week’s time period premiere (3/13/16, P, 0.8/3), series low in Live + Same day

  4. Not bad for Little Big Shots.

    At this point, Bob Greenblatt should just cancel all scripted shows and development and only do reality and game and sports of NBC.

    Sounds extreme, but as long as he picks the scripted shows, we won’t miss anything if NBC doesn’t make them any longer.

    Quite sad, but I think accurate. 🙁

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