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Soft Return for ‘The Amazing Race’ on CBS

Broadcast Nets Continue to Struggle in the 10 p.m. ET Hour This Season

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

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Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 4.3/ 7, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +12, CBS: – 6, CW: – 9, ABC: -14, Fox: -69

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this final Thursday in March, besting ABC by two-tenths of a rating point (or five percent) in the household overnights. But the season premiere of the Eye net’s “The Amazing Race,” now airing in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour, opened with a modest 3.0 rating/5 share. Comparably, that was 21 percent below lead-in “Life in Pieces” (3.8/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.) and it could not even match the series-premiere of failed year-ago time period occupant “Training Day” (3.1/ 5 on 3/31/16).

While “The Amazing Race” did lead the 10 p.m. hour, beating competing “The Catch” on ABC and “The Blacklist: Redemption” (each with a 2.7/ 5) by 11 percent, this only magnifies the problem the broadcast networks are having attracting a sizable audience into the late local news this season. Year-to-year, “The Catch” slipped by 32 percent in the household overnights, while “The Blacklist: Redemption: was down by 31 percent from former time period occupant “Shades of Blue.”

Tops, as always, was CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” last night at an 8.4/15 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But lead-out “The Great Indoors” (#2: 4.3/ 7) is just waiting for the pink slip to arrive. “Mom” in the 9 p.m. half-hour perked up to a 4.8/ 8.

Over at ABC, veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” was solidly consistent at a 5.7/10 (#2) in the 8 p.m. hour, leading into a dominant4.6/ 7 for “Scandal” at 9 p.m. A repeat of “Superstore” opened the night for NBC with a 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#4), which led into a mere 1.4/ 2 for sure-to-be canceled “Powerless” at 8:30 p.m. “Chicago Med” perked up to a third-place 4.1/ 7 from 9-10 p.m., building by 193 percent from “Powerless.”

Elsewhere, Fox is surely feeling the absence of year-ago nightly occupant “American Idol” with its pairing of “MasterChef Junior” (#3: 2.6/ 4) and anemic reality/competition “Kicking & Screaming” (#4: 1.3/ 2). And The CW featured veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and freshman “Riverdale” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which was already renewed based on its strength in social media.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, March 30:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.7/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.4/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Powerless”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Mom”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Kicking & Screaming”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “The Amazing Race” (season premiere): 3.0/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Catch”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “The Amazing Race” (season premiere): 2.9/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist: Redemption”: 2.6/ 5 (#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. I’m really going to miss Grimm. It’s one of the shows that our teenager still watches with us. The characters were great and the story lines were very unique.

  2. Kind of surprise at the low turnout for Amazing race. I thought it was a good idea to go reality there for counter-programming but now CBS is really stuck figuring out anything for 10pm they might be dead there for the next few years.

    Statement of the night right here:

    A repeat of “Superstore” opened the night for NBC with a 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#4), which led into a mere 1.4/ 2 for sure-to-be canceled “Powerless” at 8:30 p.m. “Chicago Med” perked up to a third-place 4.1/ 7 from 9-10 p.m., building by 193 percent from “Powerless.”

    193 percent! LMFAO!!!!!!

    Man the Chicago shows have some really shitty lead-ins right now and they’ve had to really grow out of them like Chicago PD the night before and Chicago Fire getting a 1.4 out of a 0.8 the night before that.

    NBC is counting down the clock until Will & Grace returns next season. All of their comedies including Superstore are really bad performers and less than mediocre.

    • When you are counting on the return of a show that was canceled after years of declining ratings, you know you are digging lower than the bottom…

      It is so unlikely that a Will and Grace follow-up will be anything than highly embarrassing, especially with Bob Greenblatt sending them notes and wanting them to be political (I meant “topical”…)

      The Chicagos, as unimpressive as their ratings are, ARE the lead-ins and lead-outs… That tells you where NBC is at in spite of the press constantly pretending it’s doingg reat.