Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Have not seen the final episode of "24: Legacy," but if I were still at FOX I would not recommend returning the series that quickly. It got the big Super Bowl push and quickly settled under a 1 rating in live plus same-day, so there was little urgency in viewing it.
I will solve the problems with the 10 p.m. time period tomorrow, but I received this tweet from one of my favorite Masketeers that seemed more immediate:
@maskedscheduler Could you address the possible writers' strike, including such a strike's effects on viewers?
I have learned the hard way that, as insignificant as I am, public statements come back to bite me in the butt. I did say that I would not be surprised if there is some settlement to avoid a strike and I was taken to task for that statement.
I will say that, given my limited understanding, this issue has exposed the myth of Peak TV in that there may be more shows, but the actual number of episodes has not grown proportionately so working on a show means less fees and more uncertainty about future work.
What this would mean to the viewer is more reality and news magazines as well as more repeats. Also, depending on the length of a strike, it would possibly mean a delay in the start of the fall season. In addition some of the product that the networks were citing as original summer fare, but that was actually burn off, could be pushed to the fall.
I was at FOX for the last WGA strike, and we were told by our leadership to be prepared for a lengthy strike. My partner MJ LaVaccare and I took those orders seriously, and we survived and prospered. It helped to have "American Idol" at its peak.
The "fun" part of the strike was dealing with the aftermath, i.e. planning how to bring the network back. That meant meetings with the producers of "House" (who were fantastic) and having to sit in a room with Jack Bauer and tell him his show was being delayed for a year because we would not split "24" over two seasons. That didn't go as well. Also had to give Steve Levitan some news he didn’t want to hear which, to this day, I believe cost us a shot at "Modern Family."
I hope that this is resolved in a way beneficial to all, but I'm a realist.
Dodger game last night so a night off from TV, but I did take in the first four episodes of "Chewing Gum" Season 2 on Netflix, which continues to be wildly entertaining.
Twitter @maskedscheduler, or use the email

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, April 17, 2017

The numbers for Monday include a Disney bump for “Dancing With the Stars”:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/7 9.45
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.7/6 11.01
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 1.0/4 5.88
24: Legacy (FOX) – F 0.8/3 3.33
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.95
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 1.0/4 5.42
9 p.m. Superior Donuts (CBS) 1.0/4 5.14
APB (FOX) 0.6/2 2.76
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.83
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – F 1.0/4 4.58
10 p.m. Scorpion (CBS) 1.1/4 6.54
Taken (NBC) 0.9/3 4.67
Quantico (ABC) 0.6/2 3.08


“Dancing With the Stars” got a ratings bump Monday with a night of Disney-themed performances. The show scored a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, up 0.2 from last week’s early numbers (it adjusted up in the finals).

CBS’ “Scorpion” (1.1) and NBC’s “Taken” (0.9) also improved, each rising a tenth of a point vs. last week. Most of the rest of night was fairly steady.

“The Voice” led the 18-49 race for the evening with a 2.0, matching last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals). The finale of “24: Legacy” (0.8) and “APB” (0.6) also held steady, as did CBS’ “Man with a Plan,” “Superior Donuts” and “2 Broke Girls” (all 1.0) and ABC’s “Quantico” (0.6).

“Kevin Can Wait” slipped for CBS, falling from a preliminary 1.1 last week (1.2 in the finals) to 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.85 8.36 5.68 3.05 0.89


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.4/3, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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