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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC the Net to Beat in Adults 18-49; ABC Gets a ‘Bachelor’ Lift

'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World' on ABC Concludes on a Modest Note

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.8/11, NBC: 5.8/10, ABC: 4.5/ 8, Fox: 2.2/ 3, CW: 1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +80, Fox: +47, CBS: – 4, CW: – 7, NBC: – 9

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as always, led the Tuesday household overnights with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.3 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), sophomore “Bull” (#1: 6.5/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 5.6/10 at 10 p.m.). But NBC remains the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and the key demographics) care of its combination of “The Voice” (#2: 6.5/11 at 8 p.m.), which has settled in for another solid edition; sophomore “This Is Us” (#2: 6.2/10 at 9 p.m.), which concludes for the season next week; and “Chicago Med” (#2: 4.6/ 8 at 10 p.m.).

Given the size of the ensemble on “This Is Us,” my personal preference is to focus on the core characters.

Opposite “The Bachelor: The Final Rose” on ABC (#3: 5.9/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which was a double-digit percent increase over the regularly scheduled two-hour Tuesday sitcom block), “This Is Us” was actually down by 19 percent year-to-year.

In season (or series) finale news, ABC’s freshman “Freshman (Probably) Saves the World,” which was a noble effort, was left in the dust at a distant third-place 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Chances are you will not see a second season of this Jason Ritter vehicle.

Elsewhere, recent entry “Black Lightning” on The CW (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.) should have no trouble snagging a second season pick-up. Comparably, this was a slight improvement over “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” on the year-ago evening (1.1/ 2 on 3/07/17), and the overnight retention out of lead-in “The Flash” (#5: 1.6/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was acceptable at 75 percent.

Fox, meanwhile, had nothing unusual to report with its combination of “Lethal Weapon” (#4: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.) and 9-10 p.m. sitcoms “LA to Vegas” (#5: 1.3/ 2) and “The Mick” (#4: 1.3/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, March 6 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose”: 6.1/10 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.3/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/11 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose”: 6.1/10 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.3/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.8/11 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose”: 5.8/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.5/10 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.4/10 (#2)
Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose”: 5.5/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.5/10 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 3 (#3) – season or series finale
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.6/ 3 (#3) – season or series finale
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.5/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.5/ 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 (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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