Thursday Overnights: Mixed Results for New Midseason Freshman Quartet

'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Young Sheldon' Lead CBS to Victory

THURSDAY 4/12/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.5/10, ABC: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +28, Fox: +11, ABC: + 5, CW: no change, NBC: -14

Ratings Breakdown:
Led by “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 8.5 rating/15 share at 8 p.m.) and “Young Sheldon” (#1: 7.5/13 at 8:30 p.m.), it was another Thursday household overnight victory for CBS. But the bigger observation is the mixed results for the new midseason freshman trio.

“Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Station 19” remains respectable, last night with a second-place 3.9/ 6 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, that held 74 percent of the “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in (#2: 5.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.), and it was close to year-ago levels for former time period occupant “Scandal.” But recently introduced NBC comedies “A.P. Bio” and “Champions” are barely registering.

“A.P. Bio” scored a mere 1.5/ 3 (#4) at 8:30 p.m., which was 29 percent below lead-in “Superstore” (#3: 2.1/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and barely above failed year-ago time period occupant “Powerless” (1.3/ 2 on 4/13/17). And “Champions” dipped to a series-low 1.3/ 2 at 9:30 p.m. (#4), which did not benefit with lead-in “Will & Grace” a repeat (#4: 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Also on NBC was “Chicago Fire,” which at a 3.8/ 7 in households in the 10 p.m. hour bested competing “S.W.A.T.” on CBS (#2: 3.5/ 7) and soon-to-conclude “Scandal” (#3: 3.2/ 6) by 9 and 19 percent, respectively.

Also on CBS, meanwhile, was just renewed “Mom” (#1: 5.8/10) and also likely to return “Life in Pieces” (#1: 4.1/ 7) from 9-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox had nothing unusual to report with the low-rated pairing of “Gotham” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “Showtime at the Apollo” (#3: 2.1/ 3). And The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which are both confirmed to return next season.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, April 5 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.5/13 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Champions”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.8/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.9/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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