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Weekly Ratings: ‘Grease,’ ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Lucifer’ Keep Fox Hot

Over the years, January has been a month for Fox to shine, and that was again the case this year. Surprisingly upbeat numbers for Sunday musical “Grease Live,” combined with winning performances by series like “The X-Files,” “American Idol” and newcomer “Lucifer,” enabled the network to close the month strong by winning in the young-adults demo for the third time in four weeks.

“Grease Live” (4.3 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 12.21 million viewers overall) was the week’s No. 1 program in all demos as it became the top-rated television musical since NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” in December 2013, according to Nielsen. It was especially strong among the youngest of adults, racking up a 3.7 rating in 18-34 — nearly 50% higher than NBC’s “The Wiz Live” last Decemer.

Fox opened the week strong Monday with the timeslot debut of “The X-Files” (3.2/10 in 18-49, 9.66 million viewers overall) and the series premiere of “Lucifer” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.16 million viewers overall). The former was the week’s No. 1 series in 18-49, and the latter tied with “Rosewood” as the network’s top-rated series premiere of the season.

American Idol” kept the midweek portion of the schedule in the network’s corner, winning both Wednesday (2.5/9 in 18-49, 9.63 million viewers overall) and Thursday (2.3/8 in 18-49, 8.77 million viewers overall). And Fox had another good outing on Friday from “MasterChef Junior” as it wrapped its season a winner (1.3/5 in 18-49, 7.26 million viewers overall), but drama “Second Chances” struggled behind it (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.15 million viewers overall) as it moved over from Wednesday after two weak showings there.

It was a good ratings week for another network in the Fox family, Fox News Channel, which claimed the week’s most-watched program overall with Thursday’s Donald Trump-less Republican presidential primary debate from Iowa (12.47 million), and the network ranked No. 1 among cablers for the week with about 3.3 million viewers nightly. While 12.47 million represents the second smallest crowd for seven GOP debates this cycle, it was the most-watched presidential primary debate for either party in 2016 and it’s the second largest audience ever for an FNC program.

Elsewhere, CBS tied with NBC for second place in 18-49 and has pulled a little closer to the Peacock in the season-long demo races in advance of a pair of big events — the Super Bowl and the Grammys — that will put it on top heading into the season’s final three months. Last week, with top programs “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” in repeat, the Eye’s standouts included “Criminal Minds” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.22 million viewers overall), which matched a season high in 18-49, and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 10.06 million viewers overall), which logged its second best score of the season. CBS won the week in total viewers and is on its way to another season win in the category.

NBC was led by Tuesday dramas “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.46 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Med” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.58 million viewers overall), and also got a credible start from Thursday dramedy “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.02 million viewers overall), which out-rated the final five episodes of “Heroes Reborn” to air in the timeslot.

Also Thursday, “The Blacklist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.16 million viewers overall) matched the show’s highest rating since its season premiere, and “Shades of Blue” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.49 million viewers overall) had another solid outing — both despite airing opposite the Republican debate on Fox News Channel. In its first four weeks, “Shades” has delivered NBC’s only four in-season regular-program wins in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 vs. original ABC and CBS competition in nearly six years, as well as the net’s four highest total-viewer results in the slots since in the same time period.

ABC was led by reality shows “The Bachelor” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.73 million viewers overall) and “Shark Tank” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.81 million viewers overall), with the former hitting a season high and the latter matching its best. The net’s low-rated bridge programs “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.08 million viewers overall) and “Galavant” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.15 million viewers overall) ended their runs with slight upticks.

CW closed its week well Thursday with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.90 million viewers overall) and “The 100” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.63 million viewers overall), both down just a tick from their week-earlier premieres. And on Friday, the timeslots debuts of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.23 million viewers overall) and “The Originals” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.95 million viewers overall) were on par with their most recent Thursday airings and helped improve the network’s performance on the night.

WEEK’S TOP PRIMETIME NETWORKS
(Jan. 25-31, 2016; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
Fox ………………….. 2.2/7
CBS …………………. 1.2/4
NBC …………………. 1.2/4
ABC …………………. 1.1/4
ESPN ……………….  0.8/2
CW …………………..  0.7/2
UNI ………………….  0.7/2
USA ………………….  0.6/2
TBS …………………..  0.6/2
ADSM ……………….  0.5/1
DISC …………………  0.5/1
FX …………………….  0.5/1
HGTV ……………….. 0.5/1

Total Viewers (in millions)
CBS ……………………  7.54
Fox …………………….  6.79
NBC ……………………  4.92
ABC ……………………  3.92
FNC ……………………  3.27
ESPN ………………….  2.18
UNI …………………….  1.93
CW ……………………..  1.86
HGTV …………………  1.80
USA ……………………  1.79

WEEK’S TOP PRIMETIME PROGRAMS
(Jan. 25-31, 2016; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
1.  Grease Live (Fox), 4.3/13
2.  The X-Files (Fox), 3.2/10
3.  NFL Pro Bowl (ESPN), 2.8/8
4.  American Idol-Wednesday (Fox), 2.5/9
5.  Lucifer (Fox), 2.4/7
6.  American Idol-Thursday (Fox), 2.3/8
6.  Republican Iowa Debate (FNC), 2.3/8
6.  The Bachelor (ABC), 2.3/7
9.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 2.0/7
9.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 2.0/6
11.  Scorpion (CBS), 1.9/6
12.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 1.8/6
12.  Supergirl (CBS), 1.8/5
14.  The Big Bang Theory, 9 p.m.-r (CBS), 1.7/6
14.  Shark Tank (ABC), 1.7/6
14.  Chicago Med (NBC), 1.7/5
17.  2 Broke Girls (CBS), 1.6/6
17.  Mom (CBS), 1.6/5
17.  The Blacklist (NBC), 1.6/5
17.  Mike & Molly (CBS), 1.6/5

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  Republican Iowa Debate (FNC), 12.47
2.  Grease Live (Fox), 12.21
3.  NCIS-r (CBS), 11.97
4.  Scorpion (CBS), 10.69
5.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 10.20
6.  NCIS: Los Angeles-r (CBS), 10.06
7.  The X-Files (CBS), 9.66
8.  American Idol-Wednesday (Fox), 9.63
9.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 9.62
10.  60 Minutes (CBS), 9.38
11.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 9.22
12.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 9.21
13.  American Idol-Thursday (Fox), 8.77
14.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 8.46
15.  The Good Wife (CBS), 8.03
16.  NFL Pro Bowl (ESPN), 7.99
17.  Supergirl (CBS), 7.90
18.  The Big Bang Theory, 9 p.m.-r (CBS), 7.83
19.  Blue Bloods-r (CBS), 7.79
20.  The Bachelor (ABC), 7.73

Source: Nielsen

 

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