Mike Schur’s comedy The Good Place wrapped its 13-episode first season with an hourlong finale last night, which drew a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers in Live+same day. That was on pa with last weekr in the demo despite facing stiffer competition from an original The Big Bang Theory last night vs. a repeat last Thursday, and up 6% in total viewers for the show’s largest Live+same day audience since October 27.
A modest Live+SD performer, The Good Place is a high-concept serialized comedy that has drawn solid reviews and drives a significant portion of its ratings from time-shifted viewing, with its 18-49 tally rising an average of 50% from Live+SD to Live +3.
“We love The Good Place and are excited about it,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told Deadline earlier this week at TCA.
Schur and a small writers room had been breaking stories for a potential second season, and he is expected to pitch the ideas to NBC brass soon, before they make a renewal decision. NBC Thursday dramas Chicago Med (1.2) and The Blacklist (1.0) also held steady.
It was a big night for CBS’ 9-10 PM Thursday comedies, boosted by a guest appearance of Mom star Anna Farris’ husband, actor Chris Pratt, on the mother-daughter comedy. Veteran The Big Bang Theory (3.3) kicked off the night, off by -0.3 from its last original two weeks ago. But Big Bang returning to originals boosted lead-out The Great Indoors (1.7), which jumped +0.3 from last week when it followed a Big Bang rerun. At 9 PM, Mom (1.7, +0.4) matched a season high in the demo and drew its largest audience of the season (8.5 million). Life In Pieces at 9:30 PM (1.5, +0.3) also matched a season high. But the ratings momentum did not carry over to the 10 PM hour where struggling freshman drama Pure Genius (0.8) slipped a tenth to match a series L+SD low. Still, CBS won Thursday night in 18-49 (1.7) and total viewers (8.2 million) by a wide margin.
Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.3) was up a tenth, while My Kitchen Rules (0.9) matched its premiere last week.
ABC’s last minute decision to push the return of its TGIT lineup by a week to air an inauguration special last night did not pay off. The special drew a tepid 0.9 demo rating and 4.9 million viewers at 10 PM, following drama reruns.