Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

I want to finish up on my claim that "Prison Break" and "Lost" shared far more in common when compared with the three sci-fi shows that tried to capitalize on the success of "Lost."
It seems that, over the weekend, Screener teased my post about the connection between the two shows making it appear like I offered an answer when I didn't. I received some complaints about it, and for that I apologize.
As I said, "Prison Break" was a very high-testing pilot. There were several factors that contributed to that. Like "Lost," both shows had a depth of high-testing characters. They were diverse, intriguing and, most importantly, there was a mystery to them. Both shows also figured out a device to tell the back stories of the characters so as to better understand their actions and motivations.
The second factor that the testing on "Prison Break" revealed, that also applied to "Lost," was the notion of constraint. Whereas the sci-fi "Lost" wannabes told stories of global proportions, "Prison Break" and "Lost" were limited in their playing fields, i.e. the island and the prison. The environment was another character. Limiting boundaries in telling a story can be a valuable tool. Think about "Big Brother."
Finally, the third commonality that we found in the "Prison Break" testing and that applied to "Lost" as well was the challenge of escape. These characters that we cared about were tasked with the challenge of leaving the constraining environment.
When I was leaving FOX, I was asked what was not on television at the moment, and one of the first things I said were we need more islands -- they always work as a storytelling device.
"Better Call Saul" returns tonight, and with "Fargo" and "The Leftover" on the way I did catch-up over the weekend on "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Outsiders." I still have "Humans" and "Underground" on the DVR.
Last night's sked:
- "Homeland" (Showtime, L+SD) I really enjoyed this season, and great setup for next year. Scary relevant.
- "Billions" (Showtime, L+SD) If you don't watch I highly recommend that you do
- "Girls" (HBO, L+SD)
Wanna tweet me? @maskedscheduler, or email

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, April 9, 2017

Note: CBS’ live coverage of The Masters may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. Masters overrun (CBS) 2.8/12 15.03
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/3 4.58
Little Big Shots (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.13
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.34
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.31
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 1.5/5 11.06
Little Big Shots (NBC) 1.3/5 8.63
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.8/3 1.85
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 0.7/3 2.61
8:30 p.m. Making History (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.33
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.1/4 9.24
Chicago Justice (NBC) 0.9/3 5.45
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.8/3 1.77
Match Game (ABC) 0.7/3 2.97
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.36
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.7/3 6.54
Shades of Blue (NBC) 0.7/3 3.99
American Crime (ABC) 0.4/2 1.73


ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” slipped to a series low Sunday night. Its 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 was down a tenth of a point from the previous week, which had been the low point for the show. Not everything was bad news for the network, however, as “Match Game” (0.7) was up a tenth and “American Crime” was steady at 0.4.

CBS led the night thanks in no small part to The Masters golf tournament running an hour into primetime. That hour drew a 2.8 rating, pending updates. Airing later than usual, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.1) and “Madam Secretary” (0.7) matched their last episodes, pending updates; “Elementary” was pre-empted.

“Little Big Shots,” “Chicago Justice” and “Shades of Blue” all held at their numbers from a week ago. FOX aired a full night of repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 10.47 5.55 2.97 1.49


: 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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