ABC’s The Crossing won the 10 PM hour in its Monday launch, but it was no The Good Doctor.
Against TBS’ NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game, NBC’s The Voice (1.9 demo rating, 9.91 million viewers) was the night’s No. 1 entertainment program in both metrics, retaining 95% week-to-week in the demo and 94% in total viewers.
ABC’s American Idol reboot (1.4, 7.08M) was No. 2 in the two metrics. But its demo rating, down from previous week’s 1.7, matched the singing competition’s record low for a regular telecast.
The Voice (1.9, 9.91M) extended its Idol lead to 36% in demo and 2.8M viewers.
After Idol, 10 PM’s The Crossing opener (1.0, 5.45M) edged out NBC’s Good Girls (0.9, 4.27M) by 1.1M and a tenth in the demo to rank No. 1 in the hour in both metrics. That said, Good Girls clung to 100% of its previous-week demo tally and grew slightly in overall crowd.
The Crossing outperformed same night last year for ABC by double digits but fell short of previous week’s The Good Doctor wrapper and its season average, though that still left it ABC’s second-most-watched Monday 10 PM debut, behind Doctor, in nearly three years.
CBS’ Living Biblically (0.8, 4.24M) fluttered upward following repeats of The Big Bang Theory (1.4, 7.08M), Young Sheldon (1.2, 6.56M) and a second Big Bang (1.1, 6.01M). After Biblically, CBS returned to repeats at 10 PM with NCIS (0.6, 4.57M).
Fox conceded the night, with a Lucifer repeat (0.4, 1.70M) tying CW’s just-renewed Legends of Tomorrow (0.4, 1.25M) in the demo at 8 PM, while The Resident rerun (0.3, 1.78M) doing same with CW’s Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day (0.3, 920K) at 9 PM.
The NCAA title game, on multiple Turner cable channels, was down in the metered markets compared to last year’s CBS telecast and to Turner’s coverage two years back. The Villanova Wildcats routed the Michgan Wolverines for the school’s second championship in three years.
NBC (1.5, 8.03M) was Monday’s top entertainment network in overall audience and in the key 18-49 age bracket. ABC (1.3, 6.54M) finished second in both metrics. CBS (0.9, 5.49M), Fox (0.4, 1.74M) and CW (0.4, 1.09M) followed.
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