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Thursday Overnights: Modest Start for CW Drama ‘In the Dark’

NBC Sitcom 'Abby's' Dips in Season 2

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 3.9. 7, NBC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC and CBS: – 2 each, CBS: -11, NBC: -12, Fox: -50

Ratings Breakdown:
In series-premiere news, CW drama “In the Dark” opened with a modest 0.7 rating/1 share in the overnight households in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour, which led out of a 1.0/ 2 for veteran “Supernatural” at 8 p.m. Comparably, this was only on par with year-ago time period occupant “Arrow.” As always, the success (or lack of) for any CW series is highly dependent on social media.

Led by soon-to-conclude “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 8.4/15 at 8 p.m.), it was an easy Thursday household overnight victory for CBS. That led into prequel “Young Sheldon,” which is likely to inherit the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour next season, at a dominant 7.0/12 at 8:30 p.m. “Mom” was also solid at 9 p.m. (#1: 5.2/ 9), but recent entry “Fam” (#2: 3.5/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.) is a question mark for a second season.

In week two news, NBC sitcom “Abby’s” scored a modest 1.6/ 3 in the overnights, which was down by 20 percent from the already anemic 2.0/ 4 week-ago opener. Comparably, “Abby’s” was only on par with failed year-ago time period occupant “Champions,” and it dipped by 36 percent from lead-in “Will & Grace” (#3: 2.5/ 4), which concluded for the season. Next Thursday, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returns to the Thursday 9 p.m. half-hour.

Earlier in the evening on NBC were sitcoms “Superstore” (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and “A.P. Bio” (#3: 1.4/ 2 at 8:30 p.m.) at typical Thursday overnight levels. Chances of a third season of “A.P. Bio” is highly unlikely.

Tops at 10 p.m. was CBS’ sophomore “S.W.A.T.” at a 3.6/ 7, which bested competing “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#2: 3.1/ 6) and ABC’s also sophomore “For the People” (#3: 2.5/ 5) by 16 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” scored a consistent 5.3/10 in households at 8 p.m., which led into a second-place 3.9/ 7 for sophomore “Station 19.” I would count on a third season for the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off. And Fox featured soon-to-conclude “Gotham” (#4: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into an encore telecast of “The Orville” (#4: 1.1/ 2) at 9 p.m.

What follows are the household overnights by network and by half-hour for Thursday, April 4:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.4/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.4/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.0/12 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.4/ 2 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 0.9/ 2 (#4t)
CW – “Supernatural”: 0.9/ 2 (#4t)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Orville” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “In the Dark” (series premiere): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.8/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Fam”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Abby’s”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “The Orville” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “In the Dark” (series premiere): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.5/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.6/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.1/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. The CW would kill for shows like 7th Heaven and Smallville these days that didn’t need to rely so heavily on social media as it was in its infancy back then.