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Ratings Roundup for the Week of January 3, 2021

Due to events in Washington DC last Wednesday, schedules for that night across ABC, CBS, and NBC were preempted for news coverage. 


ABC premiered a new season of The Rookie along with a couple of freshman game shows. Season three of Nathan Fillion's cop drama opened down a couple of tenths from where it ended last season. Since it is rare for a third season show not to be renewed, fans have a bit of a free pass this season with regard to ratings. Of the two new game shows, The Chase opened strong, while The Hustler was only so-so. Like reality shows, game shows are cheaper to produce, so chances are unless the numbers completely tank, both will likely be renewed, though possibly moved off to summer schedules once filming returns to normal

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
The Bachelor (premiere)1.35.2 
Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune1.17.8 
The Chase (premiere)0.96.2 
Shark Tank0.84.4 
The Hustler0.73.8 
Movie: The Lion King0.73.7 
America's Funniest Home Videos0.65.1 
ABC News: Storming The Capitol0.63.8 
The Rookie (premiere)0.53.4 
Supermarket Sweep0.52.8 
The Hustler (premiere)0.52.1 
Who Wants to be a Millionaire0.43.0 
ABC News: Georgia Vote0.42.1 
To Tell The Truth (rerun)0.22.0 
Shark Tank (rerun)0.21.4 
The Good Doctor (rerun)0.11.0 

CBS enjoyed an NFL overrun amidst a week of mostly reruns. The Neighborhood was up a couple of tenths. NCIS New Orleans, Blue Bloods, MacGyver, and Magnum PI each gained a tenth. NCIS Los Angeles lost a tenth. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Overrun3.413.5 
60 Minutes1.210.0 
The Neighborhood0.86.2 
Blue Bloods0.66.4 
NCIS (rerun)0.65.7 
Magnum PI0.65.7 
Bob (Hearts) Abishola0.65.6 
Young Sheldon (rerun)0.64.3 
NCIS: Los Angeles0.55.7 
FBI (rerun)0.54.9 
All Rise0.54.7 
NCIS: New Orleans0.54.5 
Young Sheldon (rerun)0.53.6 
NCIS Classics0.45.0 
FBI: Most Wanted (rerun)0.43.4 
B Positive (rerun)0.43.0 
Mom (rerun)0.43.0 
The Neighborhood (rerun)0.42.9 
48 Hours0.42.9 
CBS News: Assault on the Capitol0.42.8 
48 Hours0.32.4 
The Unicorn (rerun)0.32.2 
NCIS Los Angeles (rerun)0.22.2 
Star Trek: Discovery0.21.6Import

NBC premiered Mr Mayor last week to middling numbers. The Peacock hasn't had much luck with freshman comedies the last couple of years, time will tell if this one makes the cut. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist opened its second season up a tenth from where it ended last season. This Is Us ran its first new episode since November, and apparently, fans didn't get the memo, as the episode chalked up its lowest ratings numbers to date. The show is already renewed for next season, so hopefully, it's just a blip. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Wildcard Game4.717.7 
Sunday Night Football4.616.5 
Football Night in America1.56.0 
NBC News Special Report: Attack on the Capitol1.15.8 
This Is Us1.05.2Renewed (through 2022)
Ellen's Game of Games0.73.4 
Mr Mayor (premiere)0.64.9 
Law & Order: SVU0.63.8Renewed (through 2023)
Ellen's Game of Games0.62.9 
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (premiere)0.54.9 
Mr Mayor0.54.3 
The Wall0.52.5 
Mr Mayor (rerun)0.42.9 
Dateline (Friday)0.42.6 
Mr Mayor (rerun)0.32.2 
Dateline (Thursday)0.31.8 

FOX had several premieres last week. Animated comedy, Great North, and live-action comedy Call Me Kat opened well thanks to an NFL overrun. Unfortunately, for Call Me Kat, the show's number dropped significantly once it aired on its normal Thursday night. Name That Tune premiered to okay numbers. Last Man Standing opened low and stayed low when it moved to its normal night. It's going to go out with a whimper it seems as FOX announced in the fall this would be the last season for the Tim Allen comedy. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Overrun3.312.9 
The OT2.69.4 
NFL Postgame/ The Masked Dancer (rerun)2.07.2 
Call Me Kat (premiere)1.45.6 
Name That Tune (premiere)0.73.0 
The Masked Dancer0.72.9 
Hell's Kitchen0.72.7 
The Great North (premiere)0.72.3 
Call Me Kat0.63.2 
The Simpsons0.61.9 
Last Man Standing0.53.2Final Season
Last Man Standing (premiere)0.52.5 
Name That Tune (rerun)0.52.2 
WWE: Friday Night Smackdown0.52.0 
Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip0.51.8 
LA's Finest0.31.5Import
The Masked Dancer (rerun)0.31.2 

The CW ran lots of reruns of Whose Line and Penn & Teller last week before both shows had a rare winter premiere. Both opened with about 800,000 viewers. The Outpost wrapped its third season with 300,000 viewers. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
World's Funniest Animals (rerun)0.10.9 
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (rerun)0.10.8 
World's Funniest Animals (rerun)0.10.8 
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (premiere)0.10.8 
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (rerun)0.10.8 
Penn & Teller Fool Us 0.10.8 
Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (rerun)0.10.7 
Penn & Teller Fool Us (rerun)0.10.5 
Penn & Teller Fool Us (rerun)0.10.5 
Masters Of Illusion (rerun)0.10.5 
Masters Of Illusion (rerun)0.10.4 
iHeartRadio Music Festival (rerun)0.10.4 
The Outpost (finale)0.00.3Renewed
Riverdale (rerun)0.00.2 
Nancy Drew (rerun)0.00.2 

Networks are premiering more programming this month, and The CW will finally join everyone else with new shows in the coming weeks. What new or returning shows are you looking forward to watching?

Written by LadyShelley on Jan 11, 2021


gmpugs posted 10 days ago

I watched Call Me Kat on Sunday, I wasn't impressed. I'm looking forward to CW premiering everything in the upcoming weeks. :)

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