With extra distractions from the Easter holiday and the NCAA Tournament regional finals basketball on TBS, all broadcast programs airing between 8-10 PM inched down in the fast national ratings week-to-week.
Not surprisingly, hardest hit was the family-friendly Little Big Shots (1.9 rating in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers) at 8 PM, which was down 23% in the demo (-27% in total viewers). The new NBC reality series still dominated the night with the highest ratings by a mile. The declines carried over to NBC’s 9-10 PM comedy block, with The Carmichael Show (1.0) also down 23%, and Crowded (0.8) off by 20%. Hollywood Game Night (0.7) at 10 PM held steady. NBC (1.0) edged CBS to win the night in 18-49. (CBS was No. 1 in viewers).
New ABC drama The Family continued its ratings slide, shedding another tenth to a 0.6 in 18-49 in its second Sunday airing. That was just a hair above the 0.5 Live+Same Day hit by fellow midseason ABC drama Of Kings And Prophets before it was yanked off the schedule. The Family has not been the stronger 9 PM lead-in new ABC drama Quantico had been hoping for after being paired with the short-lived Blood & Oil in the fall. The FBI thriller (0.9) as well as fairytale ABC drama Once Upon A Time (1.0) both ticked down a tenth to hit new Live+SD series lows. Both shows already have been renewed for next season.
At CBS, Madam Secretary (1.0) and The Good Wife (0.9) were down 0.2 and 0.1, respectively, while Elementary (0.8) was steady. Madam Secretary and Elementary were recently renewed, while The Good Wife is in its final weeks, heading to the May 8 finale. Fox aired a Grease repeat (0.4).