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Ratings Roundup for the Week of March 15, 2020


NBC saw the return of The Blacklist last week, up three tenths from its last new episode in December. The Wall premiered its new season last week, about even with where it ended last season. All three Chicago shows, as well as This Is Us, were up two tenths from their last new episodes. Indebted and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist were both up a tenth.  

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
The Voice (Monday)1.810.0 
This Is Us1.47.1Renewed
Chicago Med1.39.2Renewed (through 2023)
Chicago Fire1.39.0Renewed (through 2023)
Ellen's Game of Games1.35.6 
Chicago PD1.27.5Renewed (through 2023)
NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus0.94.3 
The Blacklist0.85.4Renewed
New Amsterdam0.85.2Renewed
Dateline Friday0.74.0 
Will & Grace0.72.7Cancelled
Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.72.3Renewed
Dateline (Saturday)0.63.9 
The Wall (premiere)0.63.2 
Ellen's Game of Games (rerun)0.52.9 
Little Big Shots0.42.7 
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist0.41.9 
Good Girls0.41.9 

ABC saw a nice bounce for most of its programming last week as folks stayed inside. Grey's Anatomy was up three tenths, Station 19 gained two. The Tuesday comedy lineup returned last week with gains as well. The Rookie is certainly enjoying its new lead-in of American Idol; the show has settled two tenths higher than when the lead-in was Shark Tank.

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Grey's Anatomy1.57.0Renewed
American Idol (Sunday)1.37.5 
Station 191.37.4 
The Connors1.26.5 
American Idol (Monday)1.26.3 
ABC News Special: Pandemic What You Need To Know1.16.2 
Shark Tank1.16.0 
The Goldbergs1.14.8 
America's Funniest Home Videos1.06.1Renewed
Modern Family0.94.3Final Season
The Rookie0.85.2 
Bless This Mess0.74.1 
A Million Little Things0.74.1 
American Housewife0.63.2 
For Life0.62.3 
Shark Tank (rerun)0.52.9 
American Idol (rerun)0.52.6 

CBS ran a fair amount of repeats last week. The Neighborhood was up two tenths. Bull and All Rise were up a tenth. Back-to-back episodes of NCIS: New Orleans were up a tenth as well. SEAL Team was steady. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
60 Minutes1.110.4 
The Neighborhood1.17.4 
NCIS (rerun)0.97.5 
Bob (Hearts) Abishola0.96.9 
FBI (rerun)0.87.0 
Young Sheldon (rerun)0.86.5Renewed
FBI: Most Wanted0.86.4 
All Rise0.75.8 
MacGyver (rerun)0.75.4 
SEAL Team0.74.9 
NCIS: New Orleans0.66.3 
God Friended Me0.66.0 
Young Sheldon (rerun)0.65.9 
NCIS: New Orleans0.65.8 
Mom (rerun)0.65.4Renewed
Hawaii Five-0 (rerun)0.65.4Cancelled
Bob (Hearts) Abishola (rerun)0.64.3 
Blue Bloods (rerun)0.55.1 
Tommy (rerun)0.43.8 
48 Hours0.42.6 
Hawaii Five-0 (rerun)0.33.1 
SWAT (rerun)0.32.7 

FOX saw The Masked Singer bounce up three tenths last week. 9-1-1 returned and was even with its last new episode in December. Prodigal Son was even with its last new episode. Deputy was up a tenth. Duncanville has apparently settled low, its chances of renewal are dwindling. (More on that in a moment.)

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
The Masked Singer2.28.0 
LEGO Masters1.23.6 
Last Man Standing0.94.7 
The Resident0.84.8 
WWE Friday Night Smackdown0.82.6 
Prodigal Son0.73.3 
Empire0.72.6Final Season
The Simpsons0.61.7Renewed
Family Guy0.61.7 
Bob's Burgers0.61.4 
The Masked Singer (rerun)0.31.3 
9-1-1 (rerun)0.21.2 
LEGO Masters (rerun)0.21.0 

The CW started the last run of (completed) episodes for Supernatural. A shut down of filming means the last two episodes of the series have yet to be made. It's still up in the air when those two episodes will film or when they will air. And it wouldn't be Supernatural without one last schedule change, moving from Thursday to Monday. The Winchesters managed to hold onto most of their viewing numbers, though the rating was down a tenth from its last new episode. Roswell, New Mexico premiered last week. The show is already renewed for another season, and it opened about where it ended last season. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
The Flash0.41.2Renewed
Supernatural0.21.0Final Season
Penn & Teller Fool Us (rerun)0.21.0 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.20.9 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.20.8 
Roswell, New Mexico (premiere)0.20.7Renewed
Legends of Tomorrow0.20.7Renewed
Penn & Teller Fool Us (rerun)0.10.9 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.10.7 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.10.6 
Katy Keene0.10.5 

The current pandemic situation has created some interesting situations in the television landscape over the past week. Just about every network show saw a ratings bounce last week as more and more people were forced to stay indoors. It will be interesting to see where this trend goes in the coming weeks. 

There is also the question of pilot season and renewals. Most pilots for the fall 2020 season had yet to film when productions were shuttered. So the question is, do the networks delay the fall season in order to give those productions more time, or is this pilot season considered a wash and marginal shows currently airing will be renewed to plug holes? We'll find out at the upfront meetings (now set to be held remotely) in a few weeks. 

Written by LadyShelley on Mar 23, 2020


SilverSurfer posted 11 days ago

Network TV Sees a Ratings Revival Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, but Will It Last?

As the coronavirus forces more and more people in the United States to stay home in self-isolation, it’s hardly a surprise that broadcast viewership has been up almost across the board.

The sheer boost in viewership is a blessing for the networks. After all, the recent broadcast ratings decline in the face of streaming is much publicized, and typically at this time of year, post-daylight savings, numbers take a tumble. But whether the current spike will last beyond the weeks, perhaps months, that the pandemic continues to sweep the nation is a big question, as is whether the networks will have any new content to keep viewers glued to their screens when this is all over.

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