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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; ‘Roseanne’ Concludes Successful First Return Season

ABC's 'The Middle' Ends 9-Season Run on a Respectable Note

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.2/ 9, NBC: 4.9/ 9, ABC: 3.8/ 7, CW: 1.2/ 2, Fox: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +13, NBC: + 2, CW: -14, Fox: -15, ABC: -37

Ratings Analysis:
Six series concluded their seasons – “Roseanne,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People” on ABC; “NCIS” on CBS; “The Voice” on NBC; and “The Flash” on The CW. And there was one series finale, ABC’s “The Middle,” which concluded its nine-season run with a one-hour installment at a respectable 4.6 rating/8 share in the household overnights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Lead-in “Roseanne” ended on a typically rock-solid note at a 7.3/13 (#2) in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which was 78 percent above short-lived sitcom “Downward Dog” on the year-ago evening (4.1/ 7 on 5/24/17).

The bottom-line: The success of the “Roseanne” revival has demonstrated why the traditional linear platform still matters.

Also on ABC was the season one finale of comedy “Splitting Up Together” at a 2.8/ 5 (#3) at 9:30 p.m., which slipped from by 36 percent from the 4.4/ 7 for “The Middle” in the 9 p.m. half-hour.

On CBS, “NCIS” ended season 15 at an 8.1/14 at 8 p.m., which led into an encore telecast of the drama at a 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m.

In season-premiere news was “48 Hours” NCIS” on the Eye net at a 3.0/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m., which bested the season one finale of ABC’s “For the People” (#3: 1.8/ 3) by 67 percent.

On NBC, a clips edition of “The Voice” (#3: 3.7/ 7 from 8-9 p.m.) led into a 5.5/ 9 from 9-11 p.m. for the season-ender. Comparably, that was 10 percent below the 6.1/10 for the season-finale on the year-ago evening.

Over at The CW, “The Flash” ended its season at a fourth-place 1.7/ 3 at 8 p.m., which led into a 0.8/ 1 (#5) for “The 100” at 9 p.m.

Finally, Fox ducked from the competition with 2008 theatrical “Hancock” at a modest 1.1/ 2 from 8-10 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, May 15 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Roseanne” (season finale): 7.3/13 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS” (season finale): 8.0/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (clips show): 3.8/ 7 (#3)
Fox – Movie: “Hancock”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 1.7/ 3 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle” (series finale): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS” (season finale): 8.3/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice” (clips show): 3.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – Movie: “Hancock”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash” (season finale): 1.7/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle” (series finale): 4.4/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.5/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 5.5/ 9 (#1)
Fox – Movie: “Hancock”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The 100”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together” (season finale): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – Movie: “Hancock”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The 100”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People” (season finale): 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS” (season premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 5.3/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People” (season finale): 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “48 Hours: NCIS” (season premiere): 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice” (season finale): 5.6/11 (#1)

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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