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Tuesday Overnights: NBC Wins; ‘The Conners’ Remains the Real Deal on ABC

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.8/10, CBS: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.2/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +78, CBS: – 2, NBC: – 9, Fox: -4, CW: -40

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC was front and center in the household overnights on this final Tuesday in November, with a first-place finish in each half-hour care of “The Voice” (6.4 rating/11 share at 8 p.m.) and fall finale episodes of “This Is Us” (6.6/11 at 9 p.m.) and “New Amsterdam” (4.4/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Note to the Emmy voters: Put a check mark next to Ken Olin’s name for directing last night’s outstanding installment of “This Is Us.”

On ABC, “The Conners” scored a healthy (and certainly renew-worthy) 5.3/ 8 in households in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was six percent above the 5.0/ 8 one week earlier and it remains a considerable improvement over year-ago time period occupant “The Middle.” “The Conners” is also ABC’s highest rated sitcom. My only regret is we only get 11 episodes this season.

Unfortunately, ABC’s hidden gem “The Kids Are Alright” remains just that, with a 3.3/ 5 (#3) at 8:30 p.m. down by 38 percent. And that led into the 9-11 p.m. Tuesday combination of “black-ish” (#3: 2.7/ 4), sophomore “Splitting Up Together” (#4: .1/ 3) and recent crime drama entry “The Rookie” (#3: 3.1/ 5), which could not beat an encore telecast of competing “FBI” on CBS (#2: 3./ 5).

Elsewhere, Fox and The CW had nothing unusual to report with its drama pairings. See below chart. And CBS featured its first repeat installment of the season of holiday classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (#2: 4.7/ 8 at 8 p.m.) into an encore of “NCIS” (#: 4.5/ 7) at 9 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, November 20 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Conners”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (R): 4.6/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 1.7/ 3 (#4t)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.5/ 5 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Kids Are Alright”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (R): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/11 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us” (fall finale): 6.8/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us” (fall finale): 6.4/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “FBI” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “New Amsterdam” (fall finale): 4.6/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 3.1/ 6 (#2t)
CBS – “FBI” (R): 3.1/ 6t (#2)
NBC – “New Amsterdam” (fall finale): 4.2/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. ABC must be besides themselves as season 1 of The Conners barely beat last year’s season 9 episode of The Middle while the rest of their lineup is tanking in comparison. I bet they wish Tim Allen was still around, but then again, they just passed on The Middle spin-off while Splitting Up Together is still airing.

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