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Sunday, April 10, 2016


8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Catch
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 13.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
8:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

8:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0

On Thursday night, FOX bid farewell to American Idol as it ended its long run with 13.3 million viewers and a 3.0 demo. It was up big from recent season finales and delivered its best total viewer count since February 2014. But it only tied the demo from its season premiere and came nowhere near its all-time heights of over 30 million viewers and over 15 in the demo, though I don't think anyone expected it to come anywhere close to that. An announced final season helped this show be stronger than last spring, but it is clearly time to go. It was once a game-changer but the buzz eventually died down and the downward trend was irreversible. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, but it had another great week. At 9pm, Scandal was down half a million viewers and even in the demo. The Catch actually managed to rise a tenth in the demo though it dropped two tenths in the demo. I'm doubt that's enough to alter its chances. Finally on NBC, The Blacklist was new for the first time since February 25. It was up four tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, tying a series low.

CBS took a hit against the competition with four of five shows hitting or tying a series low in the demo. The only one that didn't was The Big Bang Theory, but the veteran comedy posted its worst showing since May 19, 2008, its first season. It could very well dip back into the 2s for the first time since that first season. It fell seven tenths in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, The Odd Couple returned for its second season by tying a series low and posting less than 50% retention out of Big Bang. Though Bang was down big, this seems weaker than Life in Pieces. It will air 13 episodes across Mondays and Thursdays over the next month and a half, but that might be it. At 9pm, Mom was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while 2 Broke Girls was up two tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, week two of Rush Hour was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. If its fate wasn't sealed with its premiere, it certainly is now.


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