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Thursday Overnights: ABC Dominates Over Repeat Riddled CBS

ABC's Sophomore 'For the People' Remains a Bust

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.7/ 7, CBS: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 2.5/ 4, NBC: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +80, Fox: +32, CBS: no change, ABC: -10, NBC: -15

Ratings Breakdown:
With two-thirds of CBS’ line-up in repeats, ABC dominated the household overnights with its drama combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1: 5.1 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Station 19” (#2: 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and legal drama “For the People” (#3: 2.5/ 5 at 10 p.m.). Although chances of a third season for “Station 19” is likely, there is no reason to believe sophomore “For the People” will return.

On CBS, the network sandwiched two episodes of recent sitcom entry “Fam” (8:30 p.m.: #2: 3.8/ 7; 9:30 p.m.: #2: 3.1/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) in between encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 5.2/ 9 at 8 p.m.) and “Young Sheldon” (#1: 3.8/ 7 at 9 p.m.).

In the specials department was the “iHeartRadio Music Awards” at a 2.5/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, NBC and The CW were at typical Thursday overnight levels as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#1t)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.2/ 9 (#1t)
NBC – “Superstore” (return): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “iHeartRadio Music Awards”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 4.9/ 9 (#1t)
CBS – “Fam”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “iHeartRadio Music Awards”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.8/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “iHeartRadio Music Awards”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.6/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “Fam”: 3.1/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “iHeartRadio Music Awards”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.6/ 5 (#2t)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 2.6/ 5 (#2t)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 5 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 2.6/ 5 (#2t)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.1/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    • Louis, I think Fam is actually gonna get renewed especially after the ratings it got last night it’s outperformed itself every single week and I think it can be a bench option next season because CBS owns it as well. Fam has grown on me as well this comedy is so special it should definitely be given a chance to grow even more next season.

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