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‘Still Star-Crossed’ Left at thew Starting Gate on ABC

NBC Wins First Night of the Summer as a Result of the Stanley Cup Finals

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CBS and Fox: 2.2/ 4 each, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +25, Fox: +10, CW: no change, ABC: – 8, CBS: -29

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Ratings Breakdown:
NBC opened the unofficial start of the summer TV season with a first-place finish in the household overnights care of the “2017 Stanley Cup Final” (Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins) at a 3.5 rating/6 share from 8-11 p.m. ET. Comparably, that was an increase of 25 percent from the 2.8/ 5 for the “Stanley Cup Final” on the year-ago evening.

In series-premiere news was long-delayed Shonda Rhimes ABC drama “Still Star-Crossed” at an anemic (and last place) 1.6/ 3 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 27 percent below the season-premiere of “Mistresses” on the year-ago evening (2.2/ 4 on 5/30/16). The overnight household retention for “Still Star-Crossed” out of “The Bachelorette” (4.1/ 7 from 8-10 p.m.) was just 39 percent. And it trailed an encore telecast of “Scorpion” on CBS (2.2/ 4) by 27 percent. Since most new series decline 10 to 20 percent in week two, “Still Star-Crossed” is poised to be the biggest new series failure this summer.

Better news for ABC, of course, was “The Bachelorette,” which year-to-year slipped by just seven percent.

In season-finale news was “Lucifer” on Fox at a third-place 2.3/ 4 from 9-10 p.m., which rose by 10 percent from the 2.1/ 4 for lead-in “Gotham” at 8 p.m. Next fall, “Lucifer” moves to Monday at 8 p.m. ET into new Marvel drama “The Gifted.”

Elsewhere, CBS was in all repeats care of “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 2.6/ 5), “Man with a Plan” (#3: 2.3/ 4), “Superior Donuts” (#4: 2.2/ 4), canceled “2 Broke Girls” (#4: 1.9/ 3) and aforementioned “Scorpion” (#2: 2.2/ 4). And The CW populated the evening with an encore telecast of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.7/ 1) and two episodes (original and repeat) of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.7/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.). This fall, “Supergirl” leads into new military drama “Valor.”

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, May 29, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelorette”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelorette”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Man with a Plan” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelorette”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer” (season finale): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelorette”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Lucifer” (season finale): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Still Star-Crossed” (series premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Still Star-Crossed” (series premiere): 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “2017 Stanley Cup Final”: 3.8/ 7 (#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. How fitting that the final series to debut that was developed by crazy Paul Lee is a massive flop.