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Tuesday Overnights: Another Household Sweep for CBS

'FBI' and 'NCIS: New Orleans' on CBS; 'New Amsterdam' on Fox, and 'The Flash' on The CW Conclude Their Seasons

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.3/11, NBC: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Note: Percent Change versus the Comparable Year-Ago Week is Not Available

What follows are the household overnights by half-hour for the five broadcast networks for Tuesday, May 14:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.8/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Village”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Kids Are Alright”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.8/13 (#1)
NBC – “The Village”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “FBI”: 6.2/10 (season finale): 6.2/10 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Bless This Mess”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “FBI” (season finale): 6.3/10 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “1969”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans” (season finale): 5.0/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam” (season finale): 4.1/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “1969”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans” (season finale): 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam” (season finale): 3.9/ 8 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. On one hand, it was fairly easy for ABC to promote Bless this Mess yesterday to their cushiest comedy time slot in the fall behind the Connors. You can just hear the praises of Karey Burke (aka Paul Lee’s long lost sister): “It grows out of its lead in! It’s got Dax Shepard and Lake Bell! It will fit that ‘rural crowd’ who like The Connors!”

    But then there’s that old problem known as reality. The reality is that single camera comedies rarely do all that well behind multi-camera comedies. The reality is that Bless this Mess is just this season’s Splitting Up Together: a show with a recognizable cast that gets sampling before people realize it’s actually a terrible show. Anyone whose ever been on a farm knows this is a pathetic completely unrealistic attempt at rural comedy. Now it’s ABC’s lowest rated Tuesday comedy. Brilliant move Disney. Preach your stable schedule but make sure you dump your top Tuesday comedy (American Housewife) on Friday. Make sure you dump your funniest Tuesday comedy (The Kids are Alright) completely. Make sure you add another half hour from the Blackish creator whose show is a shell of its former self ratings-wise. The new fall lineup from ABC is not stable. If it were stable, they would keep the critically acclaimed stuff and maybe make a few aggressive moves to better the numbers on some nights. ABC did neither. ABC will again be in fourth place come this time next year.

    • Totally agree you said everything I was going to say. ABC had such a bad upfront just like last year but this year was far worse as the network didn’t improve at all. Dramas were placed in the wrong slots as they’re going to get destroyed by NBC and CBS and The Rookie on Sundays made no sense.

      Back to the comedies though we know historically pairing single-cams with multi-cams is usually a disaster unless the shows are related to each other like BBT and YS. Just because the audience is rural doesn’t mean it fits the best with The Conners. This would’ve made more sense is BTM was a multi-cam but really The Conners audience is more liberal than Roseanne’s so ABC failed with that.

      ABC should’ve simply threw United We Fall on after The Conners in the fall and if that failed pickup Nana and have Nana air later in the season keeping the 8pm hour on Tuesdays exclusively multi-cam.

      ABC was really dumb on this one.

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