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The Return of ABC’s T.G.I.T.-Themed Night Loses Steam

'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' on the Downside


Household Rating/Share

Fox: 6.0 rating/10 share, CBS: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 5.3/ 9, NBC: 3.4/ 6, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +25, CW: +18, CBS: – 4, ABC and NBC: -17 each


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “American Idol” (Fox), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Down but Far From Out:

“Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)


“You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC), “The 100” (CW)


Ratings Breakdown:
Note: PBS and CNN aired the Democratic Presidential Debate From 9-11 p.m.

ABC got some disappointing news following the return of its TGIT-themed Thursday drama black. “Grey’s Anatomy” opened the night with a 6.4 rating/10 share in the metered market households at 8 p.m., which was actually seven percent above the 6.0/10 on the year-ago evening. So, the results remain healthy for the veteran medical drama. Although a second-place 5.3/ 8 for “Scandal” at 9 p.m. is certainly not a negative overnight performance, comparably this was down by 13 percent from its winter finale on 11/19/15 and 23 percent below the 7.1/11 on the year-ago evening.

ABC’s sophomore “How To Get Away With Murder” followed with a series-low 4.3/ 7 at 10 p.m. (#1), which slid by 22 percent and 30 percent, respectively, from its winter finale (5.5/10 on 11/19/15) and year-ago performance (6.1/11 on 2/12/15).

Tops for the evening was soon-to-conclude “American Idol” on Fox, which scored a 6.0/10 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, of course, led the night overall with a 10.2/27 at 8 p.m., followed by a third-place 5.8/ 9 for freshman “Life in Pieces” at 8:30 p.m. Overnight retention for “Life in Pieces” out of “The Big Bang Theory” was typical at 57 percent.

Next on CBS was “Mom” at a respectable 5.2/ 8 (#3) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, followed by a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (#4: 4.0/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.) in place of canceled “Angel From Hell.” DVR-friendly “Elementary” capped off the night for the Eye net with a second-place 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was five percent above just renewed competing “Shades of Blue” on NBC (#3: 3.7/ 7).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was week three of “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” which dropped by 13 percent from last week at a series-low 2.0/ 3 (#4) at 8 p.m. And that led into a healthy 4.5/ 7 for “The Blacklist” at 9 p.m. (#4), which increased by 137 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (1.9/ 3).

The CW closed the night with recently introduced “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” at a now typical 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights at 8 p.m., which was 31 percent above former time period occupant “The Vampire Diaries” on the year-ago evening (1.3/ 2 on 2/12/15). And it led into a 1.0/ 2 for drama “The 100” at 9 p.m., which slid by 41 percent.

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  1. I understand the Angel from Hell cancellation but why not just let it show its episodes until 2 Broke Girls move into the slot? The episodes are already produced so it is not like more money down the drain, is it?

    • Yeah its not like it was performing so bad that they needed to pull it immediately.
      HTGAWM is definitely in trouble. One more season might be it if they can pull it together.


    The Live +3s for last Thursday-Sunday are in now, and I’m happy to report that FOX dominated the week with three nightly wins — more than any other network this week. FOX ranked #1 on Monday with THE X-FILES and LUCIFER, and #1 on both Wednesday and Thursday with AMERICAN IDOL. Additional highlights are below, and the full L3 ranker for the week is attached.


    • In the Live + 3s, the top three dramas of the week were comprised of FOX and FX programs: #1 THE X-FILES (4.0/13), #2 American Crime Story: People v. OJ Simpson (3.3/12) and #3 LUCIFER (2.8/9).

    • AMERICAN IDOL-Thurs retained 96% of its Wednesday L3 rating (2.7 vs 2.8) and was the night’s #2 program (behind only Big Bang Theory)

    • SLEEPY HOLLOW (1.3/5 L3) returned +8% above its last original in November (1.2/4 L3 on 11/19/15). And in those first three days, SLEEPY’s multiplatform total audience grew to 4.8 mil, up +55% from its same-day audience (3.1 mil). This marks a +12% lift vs the audience for its previous original (11/19/15).


    • After three days of viewing, last Sunday’s Superbowl on CBS (37.9/80 L3) is down -4% from last year’s game (39.4/80 L3 on 12/1/15). The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (7.8/25 L3) grew only a tenth from its same-day rating and is down -20% from last year’s post-Superbowl episode of Blacklist (9.8/27 L3 on 2/1/15).

    • The Big Bang Theory garnered a 5.4/19 L3 rating for its third consecutive telecast. Since moving to Thursdays, the CBS comedy is down a tenth from its Monday night average earlier this season (5.6/20 L3 vs. 5.7/19 L3).

    • Episode three of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow (1.4/5 L3) dropped -18% from the prior week, on par with Arrow’s most recent L3 performance levels. Out of the CW’s three DC Comic dramas, The Flash is leading the pack with a 2.1/7 L3 average this season.

    • Week two of NBC’s You Me And The Apocalypse (1.1/4 L3) fell -21% from its premiere.