UPDATE 1:45 PM: As expected, the CW ratings were adjusted down in the finals after an NFL preemption had inflated the fast nationals. Supergirl (0.8 in Live+Same Day) slipped a tenth week to week, while Jane the Virgin (0.4) was even with its season premiere last week. Also adjusted down was NBC’s freshman drama Timeless (1.3), down -0.2 from last week to a new Live+same day low. CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (1.7) ticked up a tenth, so it’s now down -19% from last week’s telecast behind The Big Bang Theory and CBS’ top program of the night, eclipsing the Man with a Plan premiere, which stayed at 1.6.
PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: CBS last night introduced its Monday lineup for the 2016-2017 season, following the temporary relocation of The Big Bang Theory to the night. After several weeks in the lofty post-Big Bang slot, freshman Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James moved to the anchor 8 PM slot to serve as a launching pad for another new comedy, Man With A Plan starring Matt LeBlanc.
Neither was particularly impressive given their star power but neither flopped. Kevin Can Wait (1.6 in adults 18-49) dropped 24% from last week when it followed Big Bang. That is an OK showing for 8 PM, above the Live+Same Day delivery of the NBC Thursday comedy anchor Superstore; on par with ABC’s new Tuesday 8 PM lead-off, The Middle; and below ABC’s Wednesday 8 PM bookend, The Goldbergs; as well as what Big Bang delivers for CBS on Thursday and Monday.
At 8:30 PM, the debut of Man With A Plan (1.6) held onto its lead-in. Given the marketing campaign for the comedy, including promos during CBS’ highly rated NFL football coverage, network executives probably were hoping for a bigger number. But a hold is a hold.
2 Broke Girls (1.4) was off by a tenth from last week, while Scorpion (1.2) continues to struggle in its new 10 PM time slot, slipping a tenth to a fresh L+SD series low after setting the previous low mark the past two weeks (1.3).
Elsewhere, NBC’s The Voice (2.7) was up a tenth from last week’s fast nationals (even with its finals). Newbie Timeless, which needs to hear on a back order soon, posted a 1.4, down a tenth from last week’s encouraging uptick.
ABC’s Conviction (0.8), which also is awaiting word on its fate, was even with its fast national last week when it was adjusted down to a 0.7 in the finals.
Fox’s Gotham (1.1) and Lucifer (1.0) were on par and off by a tenth, respectively, from last week.
The CW’s fast nationals were inflated by an NFL preemption. They have Supergirl (0.9) on par with last week and Jane The Virgin up 0.2 from the season premiere, so we can expect a second week-to-week decline for Supergirl and a relatively steady Week 2 performance for Jane.
NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.