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Soon-to-Conclude ‘American Idol’ Lifts Fox to Thursday Victory

'Rush Hour' Left at the Starting Gate at CBS

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, March 31 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 8.03 million, CBS: 7.46, ABC: 6.44, NBC: 3.67, CW: 1.67

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.1 rating/7 share, CBS: 1.8/ 6, ABC: 1.7/ 6, NBC: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.80 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 13.97 million (#1), A18-49: 3.4/13 (#1)

NBC – You, Me and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 3.01 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.37 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#3)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 2.10 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.80 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Life in Pieces
Viewers: 8.07 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#3)

NBC – You, Me and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 2.58 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.32 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 2.10 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 6.61 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Life in Pieces (season finale)
Viewers: 6.81 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist (R)
Viewers: 2.79 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.35 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.32 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 6.36 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.74 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist (R)
Viewers: 2.94 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.20 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.23 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 5.23 million (#2t), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Rush Hour (premiere)
Viewers: 5.23 million (#2t), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Shades of Blue (season finale)
Viewers: 5.31 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.82 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – Rush Hour (premiere)
Viewers: 4.96 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – Shades of Blue (season finale)
Viewers: 5.40 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

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 ( 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. Thursdays at 10 is looking really weak for all three networks. I don’t think there was anything of note on cable at that time either.

    • So true (and sad).

      That’s what happens when you keep programming bad shows.

      Frankly, I think at this point audiences have disconnected from most original scripted programming and bringing them back will need a number of really good shows.



    The Series Premiere of “Rush Hour” Places First in its Time Period in

    A18-49 and A25-54

    “2 Broke Girls” Even With Last Episode in A18-49

    At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (13.97m), A18-49 (3.4) and A25-54 (4.8), the night’s top program in all these measures.

    From 8:30-9:30 PM, the season finale of LIFE IN PIECES averaged 7.44m, 1.8 in A18-49 and 2.5 in A25-54.

    At 9:30 PM, 2 BROKE GIRLS averaged 5.74m, 1.6 in A18-49 (nc from its last first-run episode on 3/10) and 2.1 in A25-54.

    At 10:00 PM, the series premiere of RUSH HOUR was first in A18-49 (1.1, tie), A25-54 (1.5, tie) and averaged 5.10m. RUSH HOUR matched the fall time period premiere of ELEMENTARY in A18-49 and was up +7% in adults 25-54 RUSH HOUR is projected to jump +64% in A18-49 to 1.8 and +58% in viewers to 8.06m with L+7 playback.

    For the night, CBS was second in viewers (7.46m), A18-49 (1.8) and A25-54 (2.5).

  3. Idol was strong going into the finale next week, interested to see how it does all of next week from Tuesday-Thursday. FOX is going to miss this show badly next season, so I’m looking for a relaunch in 2017-18.

    Grey’s still getting it done and Scandal had one of its better weeks in a while. The Catch is simply a flop and a failure, no need for it to comeback and those ideas about moving Murder away from 10pm need to end now.

    That whole 10pm hour rated low but Shades of Blue considering its lead-ins has been consistent this month and I would like to see NBC try it out on Fridays with Laura if they move Laura there next season.

    Rush Hour is another bomb for CBS as CBS is taking some hard Ls with their new procedurals this season and most recently Beyond Borders failed on them only scoring a 1.3 against Chicago PD the other night. Life in Pieces is not a hit as I agree with Marc this show would rate so badly without BBT’s help as its real numbers were showcased more at 9pm and it did way worse than Mom in that same timeslot. I’m interested to see how Odd Couple returns starting next week.

  4. Now that Scandal has crashed to earth this half season, The Blacklist will be very competitive with it now starting next week

    I think Shades of Blue gets a second season. You, Me and the Apocalypse obviously not. What will air with the Blacklist through May now? Repeats of things?

    NBC should consider either SVU or one of its Chicago shows being paired with the Blacklist in the Fall

    • Your first sentence illustrates the current race to the bottom perfectly.

      You “beat” the other network by going down slightly less quickly…

  5. BBT ebbing very badly. Probably a consequence of a lot of oh-hum episodes the last two seasons, but the last one was easily the best of the season so there’s still some hope… 🙂

    The 10pm hour is just depressing.

    Can’t wait for people to start explaining that it’s just impossible to get good ratings on Thursday nights…