A day after its launch behind the NFC Championship game, Fox’s The Resident made its regular time slot debut in the Monday 9 PM hour with a soft 1.0 adults 18-49 and stronger total viewers average, 4.7 million.
That was down 62% in the demo and 46% in viewers from The Resident‘s Sunday preview vs. the 48% and 40% drops, respectively, for Fox’s X-Files revival in 2016, which followed the same pattern of launching behind the NFC Championship game before moving into its regular Monday slot the following night.
Of course, The X-Files benefitted from far stronger awareness and name recognition. On the positive side, The Resident built onto its Lucifer lead-in (0.9, 3.8 million), with the devilish drama returning from a brief hiatus up +0.2 in the demo, logging its largest audience since the season premiere. The Resident‘s Live+same day delivery was below the series premiere of The Gifted in the time slot this past fall (1.5, 4.9 million) but marked Fox’s largest L+SD audience on Monday since The Gifted debut in October.
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The Resident‘s arrival made for a crowded medical drama field with two freshman medical shows airing back-to-back, The Resident at 9 PM and ABC’s breakout The Good Doctor at 10 PM. The new competition had no impact on the incumbent, with The Good Doctor (1.7, 9.5 million and lead-in The Bachelor (1.8, 6.3 million), holding steady in the demo and The Good Doctor inching up in viewers. The ABC programs finished No.1 and No.2 for the night in 18-49, with The Good Doctor drawing Monday’s largest audience on broadcast TV.
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Elsewhere, NBC’s The Wall (1.2, 5.7 million) was steady, while Better Late Than Never (0.9, 4.8 million) and The Brave (0.6, 3.4 million) both dipped a tenth. The military drama is getting sizable DVR bumps (+69% in 18-49 Live+3 for last week’s episode). Still, a 0.6 L+SD rating is hard to sustain for long on a Big 4 network.
CBS’s Kevin Can Wait (1.3, 7.3 million) and Man With a Plan (1.2, 6.6 million) were on par, Superior Donuts (1.0, 5.7 million) and Scorpion (0.8, 5.2 million) each slipped a tenth, while 9JKL (0.8, 4.7 million) was off by two tenths.
The CW’s Supergirl (0.5, 2.03 million) dipped a tenth to match a season-low demo, while Valor (0.2, 1.05 million) was flat.
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