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

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  • TUESDAY 4/10/18

    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

    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 ( 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. I hate to say it but I am already getting tired of the jokes about the characters being old(er). Enough already. The jokes about Jackie being old last night were just not funny.

      • Yea. And, for a show that is supposedly trying to be authentic, the whole thing about the animal shelter was just not funny. Shelters are overflowing with pets, and the idea they would tell someone they’re too old to adopt really pissed me off. Not funny at all. Also, is it me, or does Roseanne seem really stiff when delivering her lines? She doesn’t seem natural.

    2. I also thought the shelter story was dumb and unfunny. I’m fine if it’s dumb and funny, but this was not funny. And yes, I agree that Roseanne has poor delivery. As does the actors playing Becky and DJ

    3. Yes, she does seem stiff. Not to be ridiculous, but the thought has actually crossed my mind that it is almost as if she has had surgery and has difficulty talking.
      My mother did adopt a dog from a rescue about four years ago. I do remember them asking her, because she is older, if she had a contingency plan if something happened to her but they made it plan that it was just a question, not a must.

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Roseanne! I disagree with the 3 previous commenters, I think the cast gets more natural and at ease with each new episode. I absolutely love that Roseanne is back and is the #1 show on television.