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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

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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