The James Brolin-Crystal Bernard telepic “To Love, Honor and Betray” teamed with the final episode of “The Nanny” to deliver CBS’ first Wednesday households victory with anything besides a music awards show since Jan. 13.
It was also CBS’ fifth consecutive nightlong victory, the net’s longest winning streak without Olympic help since May 10-14, 1997. This string of wins has boosted CBS to within a 0.9 ratings-point margin of May sweeps leader NBC in households at the halfway mark of the four-week sweeps. One week earlier, CBS was trailing the Peacock by 2.1 ratings points.
The hourlong “Nanny” finale garnered an 8.1 rating, 14 share in homes and a 3.9/12 in adults 18-49, repping the Fran Drescher sitcom’s best 18-49 result this season. Compared with last year’s season-ending 11.9/21 in homes, though, Wednesday’s “Nanny” slipped by 32%.
CBS followed those “Nanny” numbers with “To Love, Honor and Betray” (10.2/16 in homes, 3.8/10 in adults 18-49), which attracted the Eye’s best homes result in that Wednesday 9-11 p.m. slot with anything besides a music awards show since May 29, 1998 (“CBS: The First 50 Years”).
The only stronger performers for CBS in that slot over the past year have been the Grammys, the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.
CBS still finished fourth Wednesday in the adults 18-49 demographic, with ABC edging Fox and NBC in that race. ABC had to contend with a season-low firstrun homes rating from “Dharma & Greg” (8.0/14 in homes, 5.2/17 in adults 18-49), while NBC was weighed down by the lowest homes score for a Wednesday “Dateline” (7.5/13 in homes, 3.3/10 in adults 18-49) since Christmas Eve 1997.
Two-week averages in May’s 18-49 race are NBC, 6.0/18 (down 17% in rating vs. results for the same period last year); Fox, 4.4/13 (down 15%); ABC, 4.3/13 (down 4%); CBS, 3.7/11 (even); WB, 1.7/5 (even); UPN, 1.1/3 (down 27%).
Homes standings are NBC, 9.8/17 (down 11%); CBS, 8.9/15 (up 1%); ABC, 7.3/12 (down 8%); Fox, 6.2/11 (down 14%); WB, 3.2/5 (even); UPN, 2.1/4 (down 19%).