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Updated Thursday Ratings: Clean Sweep for NBC


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, March 2, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 8.05 million, CBS: 6.13, Fox: 2.92, ABC: 2.32, CW: 1.34

-Adults 18-49:

NBC: 1.6 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 4, ABC and CW: 0.5/ 2 each


8:00 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise: The People Behind the Story
Viewers: 3.06 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4t)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (R)
Viewers: 8.62 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#2)

NBC –The Voice
Viewers: 9.81 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

Fox – MasterChef Junior
Viewers: 3.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.77 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#4t)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise: The People Behind the Story
Viewers: 2.37 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

CBS – Mom (R)
Viewers: 6.74 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

NBC –The Voice
Viewers: 11.48 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

Fox – MasterChef Junior
Viewers: 3.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.45 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#44t)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night three)
Viewers: 2.24 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (R)
Viewers: 7.25 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.89 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

Fox – My Kitchen Rules (season or series finale)
Viewers: 2.30 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CW – Riverdale
Viewers: 1.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night three)
Viewers: 2.01 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4t)

CBS – Life in Pieces (R)
Viewers: 5.38 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.65 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

Fox – My Kitchen Rules (season or series finale)
Viewers: 2.30 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CW – Riverdale
Viewers: 1.06 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4t)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night three)
Viewers: 2.10 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Training Day
Viewers: 4.67 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist: Redemption
Viewers: 5.17 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – When We Rise (night three)
Viewers: 2.12 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Training Day
Viewers: 4.10 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist: Redemption
Viewers: 4.30 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    • Yeah I’m happy for NBC they created shows that people actually want to watch now they just got to fix the comedies as I think Will & Grace is a step in the right direction there too. For Grimm the show is blessed to had gotten 6 seasons and a final season with no cancellation.

      • Have to disagree with the idea NBC is “pleasing the people”. They’re doing poorly, only not as awful as the rest.

        It’s a BIG distinction.

        Grimm deserved to go after 5 episodes, so all those added seasons were a free bonus for its fans.

    • We got six good seasons out of Grimm. That’s more than what most of this genre get on broadcast. Back in the day Marc said Grimm was going to be DOA when he did his pre premiere week predictions LOL 🙂

        • Yes a 2.1 Demo and 6 million viewers on Friday is just DOA! How could I have been so far off? You think every show is DOA except like 2 shows unless it has Rob Lowe in it.

          • 6 million viewers was at least 4 million short of “solid” then. That IS DOA.

            That the networks keep renewing shows with no audience and call them “hits” doesn’t change that.

            The only two shows that were solid this season are Bull and This Is Us. That’s meager.

            There still hasn’t been a real scripted hit since Mentalist premiered…

            • I keep forgetting 10 million live viewing is the goal no matter how old skewing it is. I also keep forgetting you don’t believe in how television landscape has changed even in the last 5 years much less the last 10 years. I don’t like the violate the Gunsmoke rule

              • You’re right that how old it skews is really irrelevant to the overall picture.

                The skew only counts for the networks to try and sell us hits when they only have flops in the aisles…

                I do indeed think that blaming the “changing TV landscape” for the fact that badly-made shows fail to attract audiences is a non-starter.

                When 13 year-old NCIS still is the #1 rated show on TV, you know the rest of the shows isn’t very good.

                It’s a reality that is almost never acknowledged (you start seeing it in some ads and comedy shows) and it’s NEVER acknowledged in Hollywood where they keep pretending the bad ratings are the result of more cable channels or more internet channels or video games or any of the things that existed 15-20 years ago (the fact a channel is on the internet doesn’t change its nature).

                So yes, 10 million viewers is what a “solid” show should rate. Two of the new shows achieved that this season. That’s not what will change the run to the bottom.

                So yes, by all means, let’s move the bar… Nay, let’s place it square at the 0.0 rating level so that we can clear it in those new times where it’s just “impossible to produce a hit TV show”.

                Let’s ignore that we aren’t producing good shows.

                [btw, not mad at you and I appreciate your comments – more mad at the people ordering and making the bad shows and the journalists that keep spinning the bad results).

  1. The Voice did well last night. Does NBC get tempted to air the talent contest on Thursdays next season? Although one would think they’d renew their TNF deal for another year, they could do a Wed-Thu sked, especially if they decide to back out of TNF (again, I highly doubt they wouldn’t back out). But even if NBC does air TNF again, they could still figure out how to position Voice for Thursdays in the fall since their TNF would begin after Thanksgiving.

    Mondays could be the new home for Superstore and Good Place and where they could air the new Chicago Justice. Their Tuesdays thriving now with This Is Us could lead NBC to no longer consider The Voice as necessary there.

    • I wonder if they would indeed bring back American Idol and put it on Thursdays?
      It is interesting that it was able to beat Big Bang, even though BB was a repeat.

        • SoB what you brought it is something I’m starting to think long and hard about after this week’s ratings will NBC consider moving their talent competitions to Wednesdays-Thursdays especially if they bring in Idol? Idol hasn’t aired on Mondays since its earlier seasons its always been a midweek show so I would be interested to see if they put Idol on Monday-Tuesday.

          NBC shouldn’t hesitate on the move because they face Dancing with the Stars which takes viewers away from those competitions and ABC is probably never moving DWTS away from Mondays. I think on Mondays you can take your losses.

          NBC put themselves in a bad situation renewing Superstore and The Good Place because now they renewed two low-rated shows that will drag their network down and they will have to throw them into a slot where they need a hit show at. I would throw those shows to Fridays and concentrate full on launching Will & Grace and a strong companion comedy to go with it and not launch W&G until the wintertime when you have the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl, and Idol as promotional platforms.

          The good news for NBC is that the Chicagoans take up 4 hours of the week along with SVU which could air on Thursdays or Fridays next year and This Is Us and don’t have to rely so much on new dramas like they had to in the past.

          For Idol they do need it because this helps The Voice live longer if they aired Idol in the winter-spring and plus they have Simon Cowell in-house to bring back nostalgia viewers.

          • I’d be wary of using the term “need” for Idol. There’s no hunger for a new edition, Cowell isn’t on good terms with the Idol producers since he developed ‘X Factor’ and remakes usually disappoint upon their return especially ones that haven’t been gone too long.

            NBC could still limit “Voice’ to one cycle per season even without Idol.

            And without Superstore and Good Place, they’d have zero in-season comedies. Powerless will be short lived and Trial and Error is very corny and unfunny.

            • Agree with you this time. 🙂

              There is ZERO hunger for old shows coming back or being remade. All those remakes are turning people off from TV, perhaps for good. 🙁

            • NBC obviously has a hunger for it and so do the producers who have shopped it around and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. You act like people wouldn’t suddenly watch it. It sounds like you’re totally against Idol for some reason. This isn’t even a remake it’s almost like a reboot or continuation of the last series that just went off the air last week. NBC has the fanbase that will follow it. To me that’s the best network to go to at the moment.

              You must crazy thinking NBC is just going to limit The Voice to one cycle when it still helps them twice a year. The only reason to go to one cycle is if they do pickup Idol. If they don’t The Voice is still going to air twice a year.

              I don’t worry too much about past relationships as that can be fixed but the thing that was brought to my attention on a different site that would be a problem is his duties towards Britain’s Got Talent which tapes during the weekend in the spring that would effect his schedule and he’s probably not traveling out to LA every week especially since he’s a father now.

              NBC can go a whole half a season without comedies until Will & Grace is ready. If you ask me they already have 0 presence, you can’t get low ratings like that and act like you have a comedy presence. A comedy presence requires having a comedy or two that people actually want to watch. NBC wouldn’t lose sleep if those losers didn’t air.

              • I was an Idol junkie up until 2014, but its return to TV so soon would not be a step in the right direction for NBC.

                It’s not that people would suddenly stop watching it — Idol had already lost a bulk of its audience long ago. If you’re NBC and you’re selling the new Idol to advertisers, they’d have to know it won’t do as well as its ratings on its final Fox season and is currently seen as an inferior talent show to The Voice.

                And if NBC aims to move AGT to spring 2018 to make room for an Idol return for summer 2018, another awful idea. AGT has never drawn well in the scarce weeks it has aired in an official TV season and there are too many original in-season shows to watch to pay attention to AGT. Look at the ratings price SYTYCD on Fox paid for its one fall season. Has never recovered since. AGT’s lifespan would be cut shorter if it ever moved out of the summer.

                • I don’t think NBC is ever moving AGT out of the summer, I think the plan is to go with Idol during the winter/spring months but they will probably try that out if it means Simon can do Idol in the summertime. NBC needs to have something that will do just as strong as The Voice during the spring and I think Idol is to do the job better than AGT at this point. I agree the lifespan of AGT would be cut shorter if it moved outside of the summer. NBC should always keep AGT on in the summer as their main promotion platform for the fall offerings during non-Olympic years.

                  • I feel immense sadness that bringing back a competition show with no juice can be considered a viable option. It says it all about the lack of quality of what passes for TV comedy and drama today. 🙁

        • What is sad is that smart people can actually say a show with 5-6 million overnight viewers is a “success”…

          Wow is that bar so low it lies on the ground now… 🙁

  2. Chicago Med completed the most successful week in Chicago franchise history and Greenblatt’s best week of his career outside of special events and sports. Chicago Med proved people’s cases about the comedies dragging it down that’s why those comedies have to go away after next season. Chicago Med proved if you put strong shows around it will perform way better. I’ve always liked Garebelman’s idea of putting SVU on at 10pm on Thursdays I think that could work very well.

    NBC has some great problems right now as they have plenty of 8pm players right now to cover for Wednesday and Thursday in the fall. The question is what will they do now?

    • Seems many on some other sites really really want NBC to put Will and Grace reboot Thursday at 8PM. I think that is BAD idea for the simple reason it will probably not do well against Greys and BBT. I think they should use that show (if they feel the first episode is good) and air it after the Olympics and/or Superbowl. Superbowls work better for established shows with good episodes.

      I think they should put the Will and Grace show eventually Tuesday at 9PM paired with a like minded comedy out of the Voice. I’m still down with This is Us being Wed at 8 (even though Son of hte Bronx gave his rationale for not moving it)

      I’m happy NBC finally found /some/ footing. Something that can’t be said for ABC and FOX at this point.

      • I agree with you Thursdays at 8pm is the worst slot possible for Will & Grace it’s not going to succeed with BBT and Grey’s there. I agree with you 100% as well on it airing right after the Super Bowl or Olympics. I agree Super Bowls work way better for established shows and I actually favor that slot more than the Olympics because that would be huge for NBC to launch that kind of a return for a show on a night where social media is lit.

        Tuesdays at 9pm is the best starting slot for Will & Grace it really shouldn’t air on Thursdays until they find a hit comedy behind it. This is the mistake that NBC made with Undateable moving it away from The Voice too quickly. I also like Will & Grace next to This Is Us as well.

        I do feel like some people turned their backs on the idea lately of This Is Us on Wednesdays at 8pm after not helping Chicago Justice this week but SoB doesn’t agree on a lot of things that make sense. I would still move it there because NBC doesn’t necessarily have to have Chicago Justice in that timeslot. NBC could put anything there. I would more inclined to airing a soap there and airing Chicago Justice on Mondays at 10pm after The Voice.

        NBC has great problems going into next year, FOX and ABC literally have nothing.

    • Have to disagree. Greenblatt is still looking for a single real hit.

      His tenure has been nothing but a long disaster, as evidence by his decision to make a sequel of Blacklist, which was never really a hit in the first place.

      That he isn’t as awful as Channing Dungey or the FOX twins shouldn’t obscure his utter failure.

  3. Hey Marc, I’m loving the fact that ABC is reviving Battle of the Network Stars that’s the one revival on television that I always wanted to see get made for the younger generation.

  4. I think NBC should revive American Idol for the sole reason of benching the Voice to one cycle per season. Where they air it? They COULD put it Thursday or push it to Monday if they so choose.

    SVU should be Thursday at 10PM OR Friday at one of the three hours. Would pair well with Dateline if they choose to go that route.

    FOX is getting harder and harder to give any feedback on. I really do feel they are in WORSE shape than NBC was 5 years ago with their hot mess of a schedule and thinking a stupid comedy about a monkey was the next big thing putting it after the Olympics closing ceremony. SMH

    • But there’s a reason Idol went off the air last year — it rated far below The Voice and lacked any relevance to pop culture. I fear the show hasn’t been absent long enough for the public to miss it. The best any Idol can draw these days would be slightly below what it did in its most recent season and I’m probably generous at what those ratings would be for a new season.

      Instead of using Idol as a way to minimize Voice to one cycle, NBC may just look no further than the new Chicago Justice series and other similar fare they can develop like it (not necessarily from Dick Wolf or set in Chicago)

      • Frankly, except for Big Bang Theory and NCIS (and Walking Dead perhaps) ALL of TV lacks relevance to pop culture… 🙁

  5. Yeah the Bravo one sucked as well, I remember watching that one it was no good at all and Bravo is too much of an obscure network. If this one gets heavy promotion during the NBA Finals I can see it working for ABC. To me this is a real first revival attempt since it went off the air in 1988.

    I do worry about that SoB the type of stars they get, at least get the same caliber stars that are on Dancing with the Stars even if they get C-list names. I won’t compare this to the original too much because that was a different television era where it was easier to get the bigger names to do it and there was only 3 networks.

    O.J. Simpson! LOL! How about this one Caitlin Jenner? LOL!!!!

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