Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

We are definitely in the spring malaise. Baseball returning and the political events of the day didn't help.
In my job as head of scheduling at two networks, I made it my business to avoid dealing with talent both in front of and behind the camera. I did a much better job of staying away from actors than I did from the showrunners of many of our successful shows. I always felt that I would be better at my job if I could go to functions and most people did not know who I was.
At FOX I did have one role in the cultivation of talent, and that was whenever a professional wrestler came in for a meeting with our talent department. Marcia Shulman, our head of casting at FOX, would come down to my office and ask if I would meet with a wrestler since they had no idea how to start a conversation. As a result I had the opportunity to hang with Triple H, Chyna and Stone Cold Steve Austin, among others.
None of that compares with the time that I was in a room with Don Rickles. I thought about it a lot yesterday. He was one of my favorite comedians and was beloved in the business. Here's my story:
My boss at NBC, Warren Littlefield, came running into my office one day and said "Patty (his long-time assistant) will be calling you in a while, and when she does come down to the casting room." I had never set foot in the casting room, so I was intrigued. Warren did not tell me why.
Patty called, I wandered in, and there on the small stage was Don Rickles. Alongside him was Christina Pickles. They were auditioning for the parts of grandparents on a family comedy pilot.
I tried to act cool, but I knew something was going to happen -- this was Don Rickles.
We were first treated to about five minutes of "Rickles/Pickles" jokes. The guy was a machine. He then glommed on to one of our development executives, Flody Suarez. Flody was somewhat diminutive and a bit roly-poly back then, and Rickles was relentless. We were on the floor, and when we thought it was over he asked Flody what his name was, and we were treated to Flody jokes. Flody was cool with it all, but it was a moment I fondly remembered yesterday on his passing. Rest in peace, Mr. Rickles.
In addition to the Mets game, got in some viewing:
- "Total Divas" (E!, L+1) Got something to say about that?
- "Outsiders" (WGN Americ, L+16)
- "Designated Survivor" (ABC, L+1) This show seems to be at a crossroads. Is it "West Wing" with President Bauer or is it "Homeland" with Maggie Q in the Claire Danes role?
- "Riverdale" (L+SD) Beyond Stupid Entertainment.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 6, 2017

Note: Several networks broke into primetime for special news reports on the U.S. missile strike in Syria, which may result in greater adjustments than usual in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.6/11 12.33
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.7/7 7.20
Masterchef Junior (FOX) 0.9/4 3.22
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/3 3.09
Supernatural (The CW) 0.5/2 1.58
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.4/6 7.14
Powerless (NBC) 0.6/2 2.09
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/6 7.56
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/5 5.53
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.0/4 5.81
Kicking and Screaming (FOX) 0.6/2 2.01
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/1 0.91
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 5.64
10 p.m. The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.9/4 4.30
The Catch (ABC) 0.7/3 3.67
The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) 0.6/2 3.72


A week after a ratings rebound, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” each took a hit Thursday. “Grey’s” fell to a series-low 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates, down from 2.1 a week ago. “Scandal,” meanwhile, was down two tenths of a point to 1.3, pending updates. “The Catch” (0.7) was off a tenth.

CBS led the night with steady ratings from “The Big Bang Theory” (2.6), “The Great Indoors” (1.4) and “The Amazing Race” (0.9), while “Mom” (1.4) and “Life in Pieces” (1.2) were both up week to week. “Chicago Med” (1.0) ticked up for NBC, but “Superstore” (0.8) and “The Blacklist: Redemption” (0.6) hit season lows. “Powerless” was even with last week’s preliminary 0.6 (it adjusted down in the finals).

“Supernatural” and “Riverdale” each dipped a tenth of a point on The CW, as did “Masterchef Junior” on FOX. “Kicking and Screaming” was even at 0.6.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.88 5.47 4.04 2.62 1.25


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (delayed by Masters golf highlights): 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 0.9/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R (delayed): 0.2/2, 0.9/3

: 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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