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Modest Overnights for ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again’

Thursday Night Football Leads CBS to More Overnight Victory

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016

Household Rating/Share

CBS: 6.7/11, ABC: 3.9/ 6, NBC: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 5, CW: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:

CW:+44, Fox: +26, NBC: + 6, CBS: -22, ABC: -37

-Winners:
Thursday Night Football (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Chicago Med” (NBC)

-Fading:
“How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Disappointing:

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again” (Fox)

-Losers:
“Superstore” (NBC), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Notorious” (ABC)

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Ratings Breakdown:
The final Thursday Night Football match-up on CBS, the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers, led this fifth Thursday of the new TV season with ease at an estimated 7.3 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. But this was still 21 percent below the 9.2/15 for the year-ago match-up. As a reminder, overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Next Thursday on CBS will feature the return of “The Big Bang Theory” to the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by the series-premiere of sitcom “The Great Indoors,” the season premieres of “Mom” and relocated “Life in Pieces,” and the series premiere of drama “Pure Genius.”

On Fox, two-hour musical event, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” disappointed at a 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. While this was 48 percent above the overnights for week-ago Thursday night occupants “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (avg. 2.3/ 4 on Oct. 13) and 26 percent above the year-ago combination of “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow” (avg. 2.7/ 4 on 10/22/15), it was also 54 percent below the household rating for the live production of “Grease!” on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7.4/11). “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” additionally, declined in each half-hour as follows: 3.9/ 6 – 3.5/ 6 – 3.2/ 5 – 2.9/ 5. From the first half-hour to the last half-hour it was down by 26 percent.

Thursday at 9 p.m. remains a particular sore spot for ABC, meanwhile, with recent entry “Notorious” at a fourth-place 2.9/ 5. Comparably, that was 55 percent below year-ago occupant “Scandal” (6.4/10 on 10/22/15) and the household retention out of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1: 5.7. 9 from 8-9 p.m.) was only 49 percent.

With diminished lead-in support, ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” at 10 p.m. dropped by 38 percent year-to-year, with a third-place 3.3/ 6.

On NBC, sitcoms “Superstore” (#4: 2.8/ 5) and recent entry “The Good Place” (#4: 2.5/ 4) dipped to season lows, with the pair, on average, only equal to short-lived year-ago time period occupant “Heroes Reborn.” But relocated “Chicago Med” rose to a second-place 4.5/ 7 at 9 p.m., building by 80 percent out of “The Good Place.” And it led into a 3.7/ 6 (#2) for relocated “The Blacklist,” which was 23 percent below its year-ago overnight performance in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour (4.8/ 8 on 10/22/15).

Improved The CW capped off the night with its combination of dramas “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.4/ 2) and relocated “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2), which were 44 percent, on average, above the year-ago pairing of “The Vampire Diaries” (1.1/ 2) and spin-off “The Originals” (0.8/ 1).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, Oct. 20:

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, Oct. 20:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.8/ 9 (#1)
CBS – Thursday Night Football Kick-Off: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.7/ 9 (#1)
CBS – Thursday Night Football (Chicago Bears at Green Bay {Packers): 6.9/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Good Place”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Notorious”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CBS – Thursday Night Football (Chicago Bears at Green Bay {Packers): 7.5/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Notorious”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Night Football (Chicago Bears at Green Bay {Packers): 7.3/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Night Football (Chicago Bears at Green Bay {Packers): 7.2/12 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Night Football (Chicago Bears at Green Bay {Packers): 7.6/13 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)

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. Will Notorious be this year’s first cancellation?
    Why is football down so much this year on both CBS and NBC?

    • There was a major Cubs playoff game airing on FS1 at the same time, which explains the supressed NFL rating. Plus, the Bears are horrible and been on primetime three times already this season.

    • Many factors: the POTUS election competing against it, poor officiating, Thursday football watering down quality of play, more mediocre teams, lackluster handling of players’ domestic abuse issues, and player protests against the national anthem.

    • You took the words out of my mouth. 5 weeks in…I’m surprised (really) it hasn’t been yet! It is god awful, the acting and/or casting is terrible. Please put it out of its misery.

      • But terrible casting is the new great acting or haven’t you heard? 😉 🙁

        “Terrible” has become what is expected of scripted shows. Terrible acting, bad writing filled to the brim with plot hole and character inconsistencies, bad photography (when they bother to shoot on film), bad camera work, bad directing (the worse the better to get that emmy)…

        We live in amazing times!

    • At this point, and given the NFL is giving a different excuse for every comparatively low-rated night I have to wonder if the “kneeing during the Anthem” controversy hasn’t turned off many people who were not die-hard fans.

  2. Good to see Legends of Tomorrow picking up. It’s already a better show this season. I was beginning to think maybe The CW’s DC overload had misfired. Mind you it’s early days.