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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Conviction
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
8:30 Kevin Can Wait
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Timeless
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Monday night, three dramas faced off in the 10pm hour including two series premieres. There may not have been a real winner among them but there was certainly a loser and that was ABC's Conviction. Earlier in the night for ABC, Dancing with the Stars was pretty steady, dropping just a tenth in viewers and the demo. But ABC got absolutely nothing from Conviction, which was DOA with a 0.9 demo debut, the worst of any new fall show so far including duds like Notorious and The Exorcist. For ABC, this is their second straight disastrous drama debut and this was perhaps even more troubling than Notorious because that show is really just a placeholder. Conviction was supposed to be their big new foray into procedurals and it was given a slot that has been held by Castle for far too long. But ABC clearly waited too long or didn't have the right show because this was roundly rejected.

NBC had more of a so-so result for its new drama but first up, The Voice was up a tenth in viewers and down two tenths in the demo. Then at 10pm, Timeless debuted with 7.6 million viewers and a 1.8 demo. While this beat Scorpion and trounced Conviction, it was pretty disappointing as post-Voice debuts go. It didn't come close to the levels of not only big starters like Revolution, The Blacklist, or Blindspot but it couldn't even compare to the 2.3 demo The Good Place started with in a preview episode two weeks ago. This seems closer to a State of Affairs or The Night Shift and it seems unlikely it will last beyond one season but we'll see. Clearly the timeslot is very open though this seems like a show that might experience some severe drops in the early weeks.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Week three of Kevin Can Wait fell a million viewers and half a demo point after it's huge second week. Last week was probably a bit of an abnormality with possible pre-debate tune-in so this seems like a higher drop than it should be, but I think it will even out. This is still a good third week for a new show. At 9pm, Scorpion premiered with two hours before it moves to 10pm. It returned to 8.3 million viewers which is a series low and its 1.5 demo ties a series low. This does not bode well for its 10pm move. Finally on FOX, Gotham had a really rough night, falling three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, hitting its series low in the demo by two tenths. A little while ago, it was very clearly FOX's strongest show outside of Wednesday and the animated stalwarts. But now it's just with the pack. At 9pm, Lucifer returned after a week off and was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The good news is it did build on its lead-in.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

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