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Thursday Overnights: Modest Start for NBC Sitcom ‘Champions’

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  • THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018

    Household Rating/Share
    CBS: 5.6/10, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

    -Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
    CBS: +22, CW: +11, NBC: + 2, ABC: – 2, Fox: – 5

    Ratings Breakdown:
    Led by “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon,” CBS won this second Thursday in March, besting No. 2 ABC by 37 percent in households. “Big Bang” topped the night, with an 8.7 rating/15 share at 8 p.m., followed by this season’s top-rated new series, prequel “Young Sheldon,” at a compatible 7.4/13 (#1) at 8:30 p.m. When the Emmy nominations come out for next fall, I don’t think Iain Armitage should be ingnored.

    With stronger lead-in support, “Mom,” featuring freshly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney, scored a very dominant 5.7/ 9 on CBS in the 9 p.m. half-hour. “Life in Pieces” (#1: 4.3/ 7) and freshman revival “S.W.A.T.” (#2: 3.7/ 7) followed from 9:30-11 p.m.

    Second-place ABC has nothing unusual to report with its Thursday night combination of veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 5.5/10 at 8 p.m.), soon-to-conclude “Scandal” (#2: 3.8/ 6 at 9 p.m.), and “How to Get Away with Murder” (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m.). Upcoming “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Station 19” debuts in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour on ABC on March 22.

    In series-premiere news, NBC sitcom “Champions” scored a modest 2.0/ 3 (#3t) in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m., dipping from lead-in “Will & Grace” (#3: 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.) by 31 percent. Once year earlier, “Chicago Med” averaged a notably stronger 4.1/ 7 in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour. Since most new series drip in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider this a stalled-at-the-gate start for “Champions.”

    At 8:30 p.m. on NBC, recent sitcom entry “A.P. Bio” dipped to a series low 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, that dropped by 15 percent from lead-in “Superstore” (#3: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.), and it was no better than failed year-ago time period occupant “Powerless.”

    Capping off the night for NBC was “Chicago Fire,” which perked up to a dominant 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was a hefty 110 percent above lead-in “Champions.”

    Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its pairing of “Gotham” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “Showtime at the Apollo” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.). At four seasons (translation: enough episodes for off-network), it might be time for “Gotham” to call it quits.

    The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Arrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which were both at typical overnight levels.

    What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, March 8 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#2)
    CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.7/15 (#1)
    NBC – “Superstore”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
    CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.4/13 (#1)
    NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
    CBS – “Mom”: 5.7/ 9 (#1)
    NBC – “Will & Grace”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Arrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
    CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
    NBC – “Champions” (series premiere): 2.0/ 3 (#3t)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.0/ 3 (#3t)
    CW – “Arrow”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.6/ 7 (#2)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.2/ 8 (#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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    1. NBC could easily be doing much better on Thursdays, they gotta get Will & Grace away from these losers but at least Chicago Fire remains unaffected at 10pm.