UPDATED: NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and CBS’ “Angel From Hell” dropped off some in their second weeks, with the former showing the steeper falloff but still at a respectable number for the network in the timeslot. Each newcomer had to go up against coverage of a Republican presidential primary debate on cable, which was second to CBS juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory” among the night’s top shows but is expected to stand as the lowest-rated GOP debate of this election cycle.
In cable, meanwhile, USA drama “Colony” — which reunited key “Lost” players Carlton Cuse and Josh Holloway — opened to an uninspiring 0.44 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.36 million viewers overall. The demo rating is in the ballpark of the net’s drama launches “Mr. Robot” (0.46) and “Complications” (0.41) last summer. The show screened at Comic-Con last summer had been available online for a few weeks leading into its television premiere, so it could be that a good-sized chunk of interested viewers had already seen it prior to Thursday.
Looking at the night’s broadcast action, Jennifer Lopez drama “Shades of Blue” averaged a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 6.64 million viewers overall — down 28% (0.5) from its solid premiere of last week. On the positive side, the show beat out its ABC and CBS competition for a second straight week and was 57% above the fall timeslot average of “The Player” (0.83). It also maintained its 18-49 rating from its first half-hour to its second.
Last week’s premiere of “Shades of Blue” grew in “live plus-3” by 58% in adults 18-49 (1.81 to 2.86) and by nearly 4 million total viewers (8.55 million to 12.51 million).
The lead-in for “Shades,” “The Blacklist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.47 million viewers overall) was steady week to week. And kicking off the night for NBC, “Heroes Reborn” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.83 million viewers overall) held steady. The network earlier this week announced that “Heroes” won’t be returning once it wraps this limited-series return run next week.
The “Shades” declines came on the same night its de-facto lead-in, “American Idol” (featuring Lopez as a judge), fell off nearly 20% week to week (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.72 million viewers overall). Still, its demo rating tied with CBS for the 8-10 p.m. lead among the broadcasters and Fox won the night among the Big Four in all key demos and was neck and neck with CBS in total viewers.
At CBS, “Angel From Hell” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.99 million viewers overall) was down 19% (0.3) from its OK premiere of last week. It perhaps separated more from its “Mom” lead-in (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.33 million viewers overall) than CBS would like to see, with “Mom” down a tick week to week.
Also for the Eye on Thursday, “The Big Bang Theory” held steady (3.8/13 in 18-49, 15.75 million viewers overall) while “Life in Pieces” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 9.15 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.98 million viewers overall) dipped a tenth from last week. “Big Bang Theory” was easily the night’s No. 1 program.
ABC was again an afterthought on the night with “Beyond the Tank” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.10 million viewers overall), which held at last week’s low premiere number. And from 9 to 11 p.m., “My Diet is Better Than Yours” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.11 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its anemic debut of last week. Fortunately for ABC the end is in sight, as the weight-loss show only airs two more weeks.
The CW aired “The World Dog Awards” from 8 to 10 p.m., averaging a 0.3/1 in 18-49 (down 0.2 from last year) and 1.21 million viewers overall. The network figures to fare much better next week with the debut of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
Providing some meaningful competition on cable Thursday was the sixth GOP primary debate of the 2016 election cycle, this one on Fox Business Network. The event from South Carolina, which started at 9 p.m. ET, averaged a 1.85 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.09 million viewers overall from 9 to 11:27 p.m. ET. This made it the second most-watched program in the network’s history, behind only the 13.5 million who watched its GOP debate in November. This was also the least-watched Republican presidential primary debate of the season.
In late-night, a visit by Hillary Clinton helped NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” dominate its competition Thursday night; and it may have benefited from the roughly 11:30 p.m. end time of the Republican debate. In Nielsen’s 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Tonight” (1.1 rating) easily beat the combined demo ratings of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (both 0.4).