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Tuesday Overnights: Moderate Sampling for ABC Sitcom ‘Bless This Mess’

Clean Overnight Household Sweep for CBS

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.2/11, NBC: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: – 5, CBS: – 9, Fox: -11, ABC: -20, CW: -29

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for CBS on this third Tuesday in April care of dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 7.9 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.2/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Recently renewed “NCIS” will be heading into season 17 in 2019-20 and it the fourth longest running one-hour scripted network drama in television history (behind “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order” and “Gunsmoke”).

In series-premiere news, ABC sitcom “Bless This Mess” was moderately sampled with a second-place 3.1/ 5 in households at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, this was 19 percent above lead-in “black-ish” (#3: 2.6/ 4 at 9 p.m.) and 55 percent ahead of the season (or series) finale of “Splitting Up Together” one week earlier (2.0/ 3 on April 9). But, given the mountain of promotion coupled with most new series dropping 10 to 20 percent in week two, this is not really all that positive for “Bless This Mess.” Was I the only one watching and thinking this is a modern day version of “Green Acres”? The only character missing was Arnold the Pig!

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.2/11, NBC: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: – 5, CBS: – 9, Fox: -11, ABC: -20, CW: -29

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for CBS on this third Tuesday in April care of dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 7.9 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.2/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Recently renewed “NCIS” will be heading into season 17 in 2019-20 and it the fourth longest running one-hour scripted network drama in television history (behind “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order” and “Gunsmoke”).

In series-premiere news, ABC sitcom “Bless This Mess” was moderately sampled with a second-place 3.1/ 5 in households at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, this was 19 percent above lead-in “black-ish” (#3: 2.6/ 4 at 9 p.m.) and 55 percent ahead of the season (or series) finale of “Splitting Up Together” one week earlier (2.0/ 3 on April 9). But, given the mountain of promotion coupled with most new series dropping 10 to 20 percent in week two, this is not really all that positive for “Bless This Mess.” Was I the only one watching and thinking this is a modern day version of “Green Acres.”

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.2/11, NBC: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: – 5, CBS: – 9, Fox: -11, ABC: -20, CW: -29

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for CBS on this third Tuesday in April care of dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 7.9 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.2/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Recently renewed “NCIS” will be heading into season 17 in 2019-20 and it the fourth longest running one-hour scripted network drama in television history (behind “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order” and “Gunsmoke”).

In series-premiere news, ABC sitcom “Bless This Mess” was moderately sampled with a second-place 3.1/ 5 in households at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, this was 19 percent above lead-in “black-ish” (#3: 2.6/ 4 at 9 p.m.) and 55 percent ahead of the season (or series) finale of “Splitting Up Together” one week earlier (2.0/ 3 on April 9). But, given the mountain of promotion coupled with most new series dropping 10 to 20 percent in week two, this is not really all that positive for “Bless This Mess.” Was I the only one watching and thinking this is a modern day version of “Green Acres.”

Next on ABC was the season (or series) finale of freshman drama “The Rookie,” which finished third with a 3.1/ 6 in households in the 10 p.m. hour. Comparably, this trailed competing “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS and medical drama “New Amsterdam” on NBC (#2: 3.3/ 6) by 31 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The bottom-line: Chances of a second season renewal are 50/50.

Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net were comedies “American Housewife” (#3: 2.9/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which pales in comparison to recent time period occupant “The Conners,” and freshman “The Kids Are Alright” (#3: 2.3/ 4), which is worthy of a larger audience.

NBC’s “The Voice” (#2: 5.1/ 9) should have now trouble winning the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49. And lead-out “The Village” further proves this is no “This Is Us” with a 3.0/ 5 (#2) in the 9 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, Fox and The CW were at typical Tuesday overnight levels as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.8/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Kids Are Alright”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.9/13 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “FBI”: 6.2/10 (#1)
NBC – “The Village”: 3.1/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Roswell, New Mexico”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Bless This Mess” (series premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “FBI”: 6.1/10 (#1)
NBC – “The Village”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Roswell, New Mexico”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie” (season or series fin ale): 3.1/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie” (season or series fin ale): 3.1/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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