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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Carmichael Show’ Grows in Second Week

UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen released Thursday afternoon, NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” declined a smidge with its first episode (1.2 rating, actually a 1.25 in un-rounded numbers), but its 9:30 p.m. episode held at a 1.0. Week to week, the 9 p.m. half-hour finishes up a tick from its premiere and the 9:30 p.m. half-hour is up two ticks, marking the first comedy to rise at least 0.2 in week 2 since CBS’ “New Adventures of Old Christine” in 2006.

In total viewers, the first half-hour finished at 4.77 million, and the second at 3.90 million.  The audience tally for the 9 p.m. episode is the largest for a week 2 comedy since Fox’s “Method and Red” in June 2004, a span covering 19 summer comedies.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.1), ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” finale (0.9) and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” (1.2) all were revised up a tenth, while CBS’ “Extant” gave back a tenth (0.6).

 

In good news for a network seeking a comedy hit, NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” grew in its second week on Wednesday, a night otherwise dominated by warhorse reality shows “Big Brother,” “America’s Got Talent” and “MasterChef.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Carmichael Show” averaged a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall for its first episode at 9 p.m., and a 1.1/4 in the demo and 4.0 million for its second original at 9:30 p.m., with both half-hours rising 0.2 week to week. If its holds, the 1.3 rating for the family comedy starring Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier would top the premiere of the network’s “Mr. Robinson” on Aug. 5 and stand as the top same-night score for any firstrun scripted broadcast series since the premiere of ABC’s “The Whispers” on June 1.

The 1.3 would be the highest for any episode of a summer comedy since the first two “Undateable” telecasts in May 2014 on NBC, and these two Peacock shows tie with ABC’s “The Goode Family” in May 2009 as the highest-rated summer comedy telecast on any network in the last six years. In total viewers, the 4.8 million is the highest score for a week 2 comedy on the Big Four in 11 years (since Fox’s “Method and Red” in June 2004), a span covering 20 summer comedies. “Carmichael,” which like “Mr. Robinson” is getting a three-week tryout, ends its run next Wednesday. 

Elsewhere last night, CBS’ “Big Brother’ (2.0/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was down a smidge (though it’s often revised upward in the nationals) but still ruled its reality-heavy 8 o’clock hour. NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (1.7/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) was up from last week and ran second for the night in demos and first in total viewers, while Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) also edged up. CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) was down slightly from its strong score of last week.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Extant” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was down a tick from the 0.8 it had done in recent weeks and fell back to fourth place among the Big Four in 18-49 in the 9 o’clock hour. Fox’s “Home Free” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) moved ahead of the Eye drama with a nice week-to-week uptick.

In the 10 o’clock hour, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” held steady (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), beating out ABC’s season finale of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and CBS’ repeat of “Criminal Minds” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall).

ABC’s comedy repeats were on the high side: “The Middle” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.3/5; CBS and Fox, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.0/3; ABC, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.8/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 5.9 million; CBS, 5.4 million; Fox, 4.0 million; ABC, 3.4 million; Univision, 2.5 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 0.9 million.

 

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