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Thursday Overnights: Farrah Fawcett News Special Leads ABC to Victory

'Elementary' Returns for Its Seventh - and Final - Season on CBS

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.8/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 3, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening is not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC topped this first unofficial night of the summer TV season as a result of two-hour news special “This Is Farrah Fawcett” at a 4.6 rating/8 share in households from 8-10 p.m. The former “Charlie’s Angels” star, of course, passed away from cancer on the same day as Michael Jackson (on June 25, 2009).

In season premiere news was the seventh – and final – season of CBS crime solver “Elementary” at a dominant 3.0/ 6 in households at 10 p.m. Comparably, that oudelivered competing “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC (#2: 2.2/ 4) and an encore telecast of “Shark Tank” on ABC (#3: 1.5/ 3) by 36 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

In the specials department was annual NBC fundraiser “Red Nose Day” at a 1.5/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, the ongoing revival of “Paradise Hotel” on Fox was a bust at a 1.1/ 2 from 8-10 p.m. The CW could not compete, as usual, with its pairing of dramas “iZombie” (#5: 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and “IN the Dark” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.). And canceled “Life in Pieces” on CBS scored a 3.0/ 5 (#2) at 9:30 p.m. (out of a repeat of “Mom” at a 3.3/ 6).

Earlier in the evening on CBS were back-to-back encores of “Young Sheldon” on CBS as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “This Is Farrah Fawcett”: 4.8/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Red Nose Day”: 1.9/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Paradise Hotel”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “This Is Farrah Fawcett”: 4.7/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Red Nose Day”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “Paradise Hotel”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “This Is Farrah Fawcett”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Red Nose Day”: 1.4/ 2 (#3)
Fox – “Paradise Hotel”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “In the Dark”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – ABC News: “This Is Farrah Fawcett”: 4.3/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Red Nose Day”: 1.2/ 2 (#3)
Fox – “Paradise Hotel”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “In the Dark”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Elementary” (season premiere): 3.1/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Hollywood Game Night”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Elementary” (season premiere): 2.9/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Hollywood Game Night”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. I gotta catch the Farah Fawcett special as she still brings in the ratings 10 years after her death. I remembered when her and Michael Jackson past away on the same day.

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