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Sunday Ratings: CBS Leads; NBC Falters; ‘American Idol’ Judges Unnecessarily Cut Worthy Murphy


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Sunday 3/28/21 Preliminary Primetime Ratings  

Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.72 million, ABC: 5,28, NBC: 1.41, Fox: 869,000, CW: 390,000

Adults 18-49:
CBS: 0.8 rating/5 share, ABC: 0.7/ 4, NBC and Fox: 0.3/ 2 each, CW: 0.1/ 1

One look at these overall fast affiliate (time period based) results, and it is obvious NBC’s strategy of flipping the time periods for “Ellen’s Game of Games” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” did not work. The Ellen DeGeneres-hosted game show was left at the 8-9 p.m. ET starting gate at just 1.59 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 (#3t). Given how far Ellen’s ratings have also fallen in daytime syndication, maybe Discovery should not have been so quick to sign her. That led into 1.11 million viewers (#3t) and a 0.2/ 1 in the demo (#4) for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” now Sunday at 9 p.m. A 0.2 rating in the demo for a Big 3 broadcast network…big thump!

At 10 p.m. on NBC was “Good Girls” at a third-place 1.27 million viewers and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49.

In season (or, more likely, series) finale news, Fox game show “Cherries Wild” concluded with a mere 559,000 million viewers (#4) and a 0.1/ 1 in the demo in the 7 p.m. half-hour. Chances are few people reading this analysis have even heard of this show.

Elsewhere, CBS’ reboot of “The Equalizer” has to be considered a hit in this declining network landscape with 7.83 million viewers (#1) and a 0.8/ 5 in adults 18-49 (#1t) in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour. Lead-in “60 Minutes” (Viewers: 8.86 million at 7 p.m.; A18-49: 1.2/ 9 at 7 p.m.) took top-rated honors for the night, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” (Viewers: #2, 5.72 million; A18-49: #2, 0.6/ 4) and soon-to-conclude “NCIS: New Orleans” (Viewers: #1, 4.92 million; A18-49: #1, 0.6/ 4) were at typical diluted Sunday 9-11 p.m. levels.

On ABC, “American Idol” was on the map at 5.98 million viewers (#2) and a 0.8/ 5 in adults 18-49 (#1) in the Sunday 8-10 p.m. block. Shame on the judges for not moving deserving Murphy into the top 24. And it led into perennially modest crime solver “The Rookie” (Viewers: 3.76 million; A18-49: 0.4/ 3) at a second place finish at 10 p.m.

The CW’s pairing of “Batwoman” and the roboot of “Charmed”, meanwhile, remained unnoticed as usual (see above network averages).

Source: Nielsen Media Research