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Tuesday Overnights: ‘The Conners’ on ABC Down, but Still Solid

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 9.7/16, CBS: 6.2/10, NBC: 5.4/ 9, ABC: 3.6/ 6, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:

ABC: +38, NBC and Fox: – 2 each, CBS: -15, CW: -27

Ratings Breakdown:
Fox, of course, dominated Tuesday care of game one of The World Series (Boston 8, Los Angeles 4), which scored an estimated 9.7 rating/16 share in the household overnights for the 8-10 p.m. ET portion. Overnight results for the entire game (though 12:04 a.m. ET) were not available. Comparably, this was on par with the 9.9/16 for the year-ago match-up between Houston and Los Angeles.

In week two news, ABC’s “The Conners” was on the overnight map with a 5.9/10 in households (#3) in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was 21 percent below the 7.5/12 opener one week earlier (which translated into 12.91 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49, based on the Live+3 day data). But it was also 55 percent above “The Middle” on the year-ago evening (3.8/ 6 on 10/24/17). If “The Conners” settles in at a loss of just another 10-15 percent, ABC has something here. Stay tuned.

With stronger lead-in support than “The Middle,” week two of ABC sitcom “The Kids Are Alright” scored a 3.6/ 6 (#4) in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m. While this was a decline of 20 percent from one week earlier, it was also 38 percent above “Fresh Off the Boat” on the year-ago evening. Comparably, “The Kids Are Alright” slipped by 39 percent from “The Conners.” In other words, this could be better.

Also in week two news on ABC was drama “The Rookie” at a last-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 13 percent below the 3.9/ 7 one week earlier. Comparably, former failed time period occupant “Kevin Saves the World” was off the overnight charts on the year-ago evening with a 2.1/ 4.

Smack in the middle of ABC’s line-up were sitcoms “black-ish” (#4: 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m.) and sophomore “Splitting Up Together” (#4: 2.4/ 4 at 9:30 p.m.), which both remain limited.

On CBS, “NCIS: New Orleans” hit the 100 episode mark with a 4.9/ 9 (#2) at 10 p.m., which bested NBC’s competing “New Amsterdam” (#3: series low 4.3/ 8) by 14 percent. But “New Amsterdam” will have the clear advantage in all the key demos.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was the combo of “The Voice” (#3: 5.7/10 at 8 p.m.) and “This Is Us” (#2L 6.1/10 at 9 p.m.), which both lost some steam opposite The World Series. Ditto for “NCIS” (#2: 7.6/12) and recent entry “FBI” (#3: 5.9/ 9) on CBS from 8-10 p.m.

The CW featured “The Flash” (#5: 1.4/ 2) into relocated “Black Lightning” (#5: 0.9/ 1), which is not generating much interest in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Tuesday, October 16 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Conners”: 5.9/10 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.5/12 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.4/ 9 (#4)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): 7.8/14 (#1)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Kids Are Alright”: 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.8/12 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.0/10 (#3)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): 9.9/17 (#1)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “F.B.I.”: 6.1/10 (#3)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): 10.6/17 (#1)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “F.B.I.”: 5.8/ 9 (#3)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): 10.6/17 (#1)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.0/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 4.5/ 8 (#3)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): NA

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 3.5/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 4.8/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 4.2/ 8 (#3)
Fox – “World Series” (Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox): NA

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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