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Thursday Overnights: CBS Leads; NBC’s ‘Marlon’ Concludes on a Soft Note

Respectable Season-Ending Performance for 'Little Big Shots' on NBC

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 5, Fox: 2.2/ 4, ABC: 2.1/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +50, Fox: +10, CBS and NBC: no change, ABC: -45

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this second Thursday in July in the household overnights, with the live “Big Brother” eviction show (#1: 3.6 rating/7 share) all but guaranteeing the Eye net victory for the night in adults 18-49 and all the key demo groups. If there is a lesson to be learned from “Big Brother” last night it is never to be too aggressive that early in the season.

There were two season finales on NBC: “Little Big Shots” (#2: 3.7/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and sophomore comedy “Marlon” (#4: 1.5/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.), which was likely the series-ender. The first of two episodes of “Marlon” scored a 1.9/ 3 in households in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which was 17 percent below “The Carmichael Show” on the year-ago evening (2.3/ 4 on 7/12/17).

Also original last night was ABC’s combination of game shows “The Gong Show” (#3t: 2.0/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and “The Match Game” (#2t: 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m.), and recently introduced drama “Take Two” (#2t: 2.0/ 4 at 10 p.m.), which could not compete. And Fox featured sophomore singing competition “The Four: Battle For Stardom,” which scored a 2.2/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, July 12 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (season finale): 3.6/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.7/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (season finale): 3.8/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.7/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.4/ 4 (#2t)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon” (season or series finale): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.4/ 4 (#2t)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 2.1/ 4 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.0/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 1.9/ 4 (#2t)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.0/ 4 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.9/ 4 (#2t)

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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