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Solid Monday Overnight Victory for ABC

Dominant 'Dancing With the Stars' on ABC Concludes its Fall Edition This Evening

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Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.6/11, NBC: 4.9/ 8, CBS: 4.0/ 6, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +62, Fox: +25, ABC: -11, NBC: -18, CBS: -23


“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW)

-Honorable Mention:
“Scorpion” (CBS)

“Man with a Plan” (CBS)

“Gotham” (Fox), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy overnight household victory for ABC, which bested No. 2 NBC by 35 percent. But do not rule out the home of “The Voice” winning the evening in adults 18-49.

“Dancing With the Stars,” which concludes its current edition this evening, led the night with an ample 8.4 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was right on par with the year-ago fall season-ender and it outdelivered competing “The Voice” on NBC (5.8/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) by 44 percent. Year-to-year, “The Voice” slipped by 15 percent (versus a 6.8/10 on 11/23/15).

Both ABC and NBC, however, dropped off the 10 p.m. map care of a 3.1/ 5 each for freshman dramas “Conviction” and “Timeless.” Tops in the hour was “Scorpion” on CBS at a 4.6/ 8 in the household overnights, which built from lead-in “The Odd Couple” (#3: 3.0/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) by 53 percent.

Earlier in the evening on CBS were 8-9:30 p.m. sitcoms “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 4.4/ 7), “Man with a Plan” (#3: 3.8/ 6) and “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 3.4/ 5) all at typical overnight levels. For “Kevin Can Wait,” consider that renewable.

Elsewhere, “Supergirl” (#5: 1.9/ 3) on The CW remains a considerable improvement from year-ago occupant “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” building by a massive 261 percent. But “Jane the Virgin” at 9 p.m. lost more than half-of the overnight lead-in support with a 0.8/ 1 at 9 p.m.

On Fox, “Gotham” opened with a typical 2.4/ 4 (#4) at 8 p.m. into a 2.5/ 4 for “Lucifer” at 9 p.m.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, November 21:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.4/13 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.4/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.8/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.5/13 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.3/13 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.8/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Dancing With the Stars”: 8.4/13 (#1)
CBS – “The Odd Couple”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 2.8/ 5 (#2t)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 2.8/ 5 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I just don’t understand Supergirl’s drop. Yes, a big chunk is attributable to going from CBS to CW, but it’s so odd that it beat Gotham last year and now loses to it. Are people that inept at finding their show moving from one channel to another? Do people who watch CBS just feel they’re “too old” to watch The CW? If you enjoyed a show on CBS, why wouldn’t you follow it. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I expected higher ratings for Supergirl.

    • I found it odd, too, because I think CW’s penetration is pretty much equal to CBS’s, albeit on smaller stations and maybe harder-to-find stations.

    • CW is watched by fewer people in general. But Supergirl is doing amazing for CW on a timeslot they have been stuggling in for years and now It has increased it over 100%

      • Supergirl is not doing “amazing for the CW”. It is failing like all the other shows on that network… The fact it replaced a mega-flop, only makes it a Super-flop… 😉 [sorry couldn’t resist!!]

        • If your definition of a flop is falling ratings then every single show on TV is a flop. Supergirl is a massive hit for the CW because Supergirl improved the timeslot by 261%.

          • Well… Except for Bull there’s nothing that looks like a hit this season… And Bull outside of the NCIS lead-in may lose a lot of its audience.

            To be fair, I would have bet on lower ratings by now for it.

            On Supergirl, a show with fewer than 3 million viewers is emphatically not a hit., let alone a “massive hit”. Replacing super-mega-flop Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and rising all the way to “big flop” is not an achievement worth noting.

            Saying so is just PR hype and frankly, while you should enjoy the show if you’re a fan, you shouldn’t be duped by the hype.

        • you have sunk to pure troll level now. You write so much jibberish here and untrue things. Isn’t it telling though how wrong you are when you are the ONLY one with this skewed view

          • I have never insulted you, yet you feel like you have a right to insult me.


            Because I dared called a show with next to no ratings a flop?

            Does the truth offend you so much that you lose all sense of propriety?

            Regardless, it’s quite sad for you that you’d feel the need to lower yourself to this.

            The fact that Supergirl is a flop is obvious from its ratings. You are free not to like that fact. You are not to insult me.

            On a side note it is quite interesting that every time you dare say that CW’s shows are failing, people feel the need to try and bully you…

            Quite sad really. 🙁

            • Except Supergirl being the 2nd highest rated show on its network is the very definition of a success for that network and is anything but a flop for them. No Tomorrow, Frequency, flops? Yes. Supergirl? No.

              • Being a slightly less low-rated show on a failed network doesn’t make you a hit…

                The media have sold the idea that the bars have to be lowered greatly and constantly to keep up with the times, but they’re really just trying to hide the ratings disaster that is befalling US TV, and CW is at the vanguard (with FOX and NBC catching it quickly and ABC and CBS also sliding).

                  • While it is better to improve than to lose ground, “improving” by renewing your lowest-rated show and moving it elsewhere just doesn’t do it for me.

                    Generally CW has fallen into the trap of thinking that putting on an endless stream of comic-book-derived shows which seem to guarantee premieres at 4.5 million viewer, going down to 3.5 by the end of season 1, 3 for season 2, 2.5 for season 3 etc… is a strong strategy.

                    While it does better than astonishingly low-rated flops like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it still does poorly, and their practice of extending those shows years past their limited and relative prime negates all “improvements”.

    • You have to recall Supergirl was dropping like a stone last season.When shows with declining audiences come back, they tend to resume their decline, sometimes starting much lower than the preceding season.

      You should not understate the lead-out effect. Higher-rated shows after you will drive audiences up as some (surprisingly many?) viewers just tune in ahead of time for the next show. We saw that previously with Rosewood/Empire and Rosewood dropped precipitously not being in front of Empire the next season.

      So in short, Supergirl was a failed show with declining ratings and little enthusiasm by the people who watched it.

      It has nothing to do with feeling “too old” to watch CW.

      • Except Supergirl wasn’t dropping like a stone last season. It’s drop off last season was typical of the drop-off of every other show on TV. After the first two overly inflated episodes following The Big Bang Theory the ratings leveled out too between a 1.6 and a 1.3 for the rest of the season. And just how are you gauging enthusiasm? Projecting much?

        • It started around 9 million viewers and ended up around 5.

          That’s a huge drop.

          I realize that the schedule is littered with awful shows that viewers drop rapidly, but that does not make it the “new normal”, it just means that there’s LOTS of really awful shows on right now, and that’s why the ratings are crashing down.

          On demo ratings: They are irrelevant to analysis of the ratings as they do not represent anything particularly precious in real life.

          The networks, though, love to use them to try and pass off their flops as hits.

          You shouldn’t be fooled, even if you’re a fan. 🙂

  2. I wonder if Timeless’s demos will save it? It stays in Live+Same Day at a 1.2 range, while Conviction is sub-1.

    • What would save it is the right connections at the network. Look at FOX ordering another show from the lady who made the Titanic flop New Girl…

      Ratings don’t matter right now and that’s why our TV industry is sinking fast.