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Tuesday Overnights: ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Eyes Another 20-Million Viewer Performance

Solid Performance for 'Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute' on CBS

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TUESDAY 4/10/18

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Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.8/ 8, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 2.3/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +117, ABC: +71, NBC: +33, Fox: +28, CBS: – 2

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about ABC’s “Roseanne” once again, with week three (and episode four) at a significant 9.2 rating/16 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half hour. Comparably, this was just six percent below the 9.8/16 one week earlier, which translated into 15.4 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same Day data), and 20.3 million viewers including 3-days of DVR usage. That said, expect “Roseanne,” the now top-rated series in all of primetime, to surpass 20-million viewers once again.

Once year earlier, ABC’S “The Middle” scored a 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights in the Tuesday 8 p.m. half-hour. Airing out of “Roseanne” last night, soon-to-conclude “The Middle” rose to a 4.9/ 8 (#2) at 8:30 p.m. The rest of ABC’s Tuesday night line-up – “blackish” (#2: 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.), “Splitting Up Together” (#2: 3.0/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) and legal drama “For the People” (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m. – did not, unfortunately, benefit. Comparably, this third episode of sitcom “Splitting Up Together” dropped by nine percent from the 3.3/ 5 one week earlier, but still remains an improvement over failed year-ago time period occupant “Imaginary Mary.”

In the specials department was two-hour “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute” on CBS at a dominant 5.1/ 9 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. The four half-hours fluctuated by only four-tenths of a rating point, and this was 24 percent above an encore telecast of “NCIS” in the 8 p.m. hour (#3: 4.1/ 7).

In season-premiere news was the return of Fox sitcom “New Girl” at a modest fourth-place 1.5/ 2 at 9:30 p.m., which aired out of a 1.6/ 3 for “LA to Vegas” at 9 p.m. (#4). Earlier in the evening on Fox was sure-to-be renewed “Lethal Weapon” at a heftier 2.9/ 5 (#4) from 8-9 p.m.

Elsewhere, NBC opened the evening with a clips edition of “The Voice” at a still very respectable 4.9/ 8 (#2) in the 8 p.m. hour. Next was recent drama entry “Rise” at a consistent 3.0/ 5 from 9-10 p.m., which certainly does not compare to recent time period occupant “This Is Us.” And “Chicago Med” capped off the evening for the Peacock net with a second-place 4.2/ 7.

The CW featured its top-rated series, “The Flash” (#5: 1.5/ 3 at 8 p.m.), into a 1.2/ 2 for compatible “Black Lightning” at 9 p.m. (#5: 1.2/ 2). Both dramas are confirmed to return next season.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, April 10 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Roseanne”: 9.2/16 (#1)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.1/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (clips show): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.5/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (clips show): 4.9/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Rise”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Rise”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl” (season premiere): 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research