CBS TAKES FIVE NIGHTS IN VIEWERS
NETWORK HAS MOST-WATCHED BROADCAST COMEDY AND DRAMA
“SURVIVOR” PREMIERE GROWS +7% IN VIEWERS FROM LAST SPRING
With all broadcasters returning to regularly scheduled programming (other than Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast); CBS was once again the most-watched network on five nights last week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings. Additionally, the Network had the most-watched scripted program/comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY) and drama (NCIS) on any network.
On Tuesday, CBS was first in viewers (10.47m) as NCIS kicked off the night with an audience of 12.45m. BULL followed at 9:00 PM with 10.70m and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS closed primetime with 8.26m. All three dramas were the most-watched in their respective hours, and NCIS was the most watched program of the night.
Wednesday, CBS also took the viewer crown (7.13m) as the two-hour premiere of SURVIVOR brought in an audience of 8.19m. Compared to last spring’s premiere (March 8, 2017), SURVIVOR added +530,000 viewers (from 7.66m, +7%) and was the night’s #1 show in viewers and key demos.
Thursday’s comedy block once again demonstrated considerable power as THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (13.75m), adults 25-54 (3.8/13) and adults 18-49 (2.5/11). THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night's #1 program in both viewers and key demos. YOUNG SHELDON was also first in viewers (12.42m), adults 25-54 (3.3/11) and adults 18-49 (2.1/09). MOM was first in viewers (8.95m), adults 25-54 (2.4/08) and adults 18-49 (1.5/06), while LIFE IN PIECES was also tops in viewers (6.49m) and adults 25-54 (1.7/06).
Friday’s three-hour drama block was also first in viewers (8.00m) and key demos (adults 25-54, 1.4/5 and adults 18-49, 0.9/4, tie). At 8:00 PM, MACGYVER was first in viewers (6.93m) and adults 25-54 (1.2/05, tie). HAWAII FIVE-0 followed and was first in viewers (8.00m), adults 25-54 (1.4/05), and adults 18-49 (0.9/04, tie). BLUE BLOODS rounded out Friday as the night’s number one show in viewers (9.06m), adults 25-54 (1.4/05, tie) and adults 18-49 (0.9/04, tie).
On Saturday at 8:00 PM, an encore of NCIS: LOS ANGELES was first in viewers (3.42m), while two individual hours of 48 HOURS were first in viewers at 9:00 PM (3.57m) and 10:00 PM (4.24m). Compared to its last regularly scheduled episode (Saturday, Feb. 10), 48 HOURS added +1.27m viewers (from 2.97m, +43%) and was the night's #1 program in viewers.
NOTES FOR NERDS
For the season-to-date with regularly scheduled programming, CBS is averaging over 10 million viewers on four nights (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday), while its closest competitor (NBC) averages over 10 million on only two nights (Tuesday, Sunday).
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