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‘Timeless’ Concludes on a Modest Note on NBC

Sitcom 'Superior Donuts' on CBS Still the Most Promising of the Three New Midseason Series


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 2.9/ 5, NBC: 2.7/ 4, CW: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +71, NBC: + 4, CBS: -20, ABC: -24, Fox: -29


Ratings Breakdown:
“The Bachelor” on ABC remained the dominant program on Monday, with a consistent 5.3 rating/9 share in the metered market households from 8-10 p.m. last night. Comparably, that outdelivered competing “American Ninja Warrior”: All Stars on NBC (3.0/ 5) by a hefty 77 percent. But don’t rule out interest in the key young adult demographics for “American Ninja Warrior.”

The “American Ninja Warrior” special led into what was likely the series finale of freshman NBC drama “Timeless” (#2: 2.1/ 4), which trailed competing “Scorpion” on CBS (#1: 4.5/ 8) by 53 percent in the household overnights. One year earlier, the second half of a two-hour edition of “The Biggest Loser” scored a 2.8/ 5 in the Monday 10 p.m. hour on NBC.

In the distant third place spot at 10 p.m. was ABC’s relocated “Quantico” (1.8/ 3), which slipped from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Bachelor” (5.3/ 8) by 66 percent.

In the Monday freshman midseason scorecard, the third episode (and fourth overall) of CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts” slid slightly to a 4.4/ 7 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which was four percent below the 4.6/ 7 one week earlier. But it had full retention out of lead-in “Man With a Plan” (#2: 4.3/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.), which should translate into a mid-1 rating in adults 18-49 based on the Live + Same Day data. In other words, “Superior Donuts” is not a hit or a miss at present. It falls in the middle.

On Fox, both “24: Legacy” (#3: 3.2/ 5) and “APB” (#4: 2.7/ 4) lost more overnight steam, declining 14 percent and 18 percent, respectively, from one week earlier. This could mean “APB” will fall below a 1-rating in adults 18-49, while “24: Legacy” is more likely a low-1 rating in the demo, based on the Live + Same Day data. Considering “24: Legacy” is a known brand with recent exposure out of “The Super Bowl,” this is particularly disappointing.

Elsewhere, “Kevin Can Wait” opened the night for CBS with a healthy 4.7/ 8 (#2) in the household overnights at 8 p.m. “2 Broke Girls” on the Eye net at 9:30 p.m. (3.8/ 6) held 86 percent of the “Superior Donuts” lead-in. And The CW’s combination of “Supergirl” (#5: 1.8/ 3) and “”Jane the Virgin” (#5: 0.8/ 1) was at typical overnight levels.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, February 20, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warriors”: All Stars: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 5.3/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Man With a Plan” 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warriors”: All Stars: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “24: Legacy”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl”: 1.7/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 5.3/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warriors”: All Stars: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “APB”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor”: 5.3/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warriors”: All Stars: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “APB”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless” (season or series finale): 2.2/ 4 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless” (season or series finale): 2.0/ 4 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Adios 24 and APB! Although given how bad things are for Fox, maybe not.

    Dear CBS- do yourself a favor and put Superior Donuts after BBT. It’s a hoot and deserves the larger amount of eyeballs. Burn off the Great Indoors after Broke Girls on Mondays.

      • I have tried repeatedly to watch it. I only made it through the pilot episode, all the others I have not made it through to the end. Not sure why it is not appealing to me.

        • I don’t know why either this show is mad funny although I still like Kevin Can Wait the best on the network among the new comedies. Louis, can you point out specifically what doesn’t work for you on this show? For me the show is near perfect but my main problem is it’s almost like 2 Broke Girls in the sense that the leads are so strong on this show along with Katey Segal that the supporting cast is weak and that’s what I would like to see changed for season 2.

          • I don’t know what it is. I just sit there and try to watch it and it bores me. And I like the actors in it (at least the ones I knew before this show).

            • I feel you there are comedies out there just bore me even if the writing or acting is great so this might be in line with that kind of comedy for you.

        • Same here. The younger actor just doesn’t do it for me. To me he looks like he’s making funny faces rather that being funny.

          To be fair the premise also turns me off. Where are the canny, successful Black comedy characters?

      • I agree Superior Donuts is a hoot and should be on BBT to get more eyeballs this is a very promising comedy for CBS and it shouldn’t be overlooked.

  2. I’d be curious to see how Great Indoors fares after Superior Donuts. It breaks the overlap between Donuts and 2BGs which are both set in eateries. I’d give Indoors the edge over Girls come renewal time since CBS Productions has a stake in Indoors.

    • I actually disagree on this. I think Girls gets a midseason reprieve and Indoors gets dumped. Of course if Donuts takes a dive then Indoors may make year two but I don’t see that happening.

      What I’d like to see next year…
      BBT (and leave it here)
      New comedy
      Broke Girls or new comedy

      Thursdays: go all family comedy
      Kevin Can Wait
      Man with a Plan
      Life in Pieces
      NCIS: NOLA

    • I think 2 Broke Girls gets renewed but they might keep The Great Indoors as well. I think the one on the outs is Life in Pieces it doesn’t fit with anything on the network unless they put it next to Sheldon but that’s likely to get the BBT spot in the fall.

    • Frankly, the whole night is a disaster for CBS. Not a hit in sight. The only reason it looks OK is because the other networks are doing even worse.

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