Tidy Ratings Start For ABC’s ‘Bless This Mess’
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Apr. 17, 2019
Good start for ABC’s Bless This Mess (0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 4.69 million total viewers), which built on its Black-ish lead-in (0.8, 3.52M) Tuesday – something slot predecessor Splitting Up Together had not managed this season or last.
Bless This Mess’ demo rating climbed 50% compared to the prior eight originals of Splitting Up Together, which had equaled that show’s series low. In total viewers, Mess built 32% on its Black-ish lead-in, delivering ABC’s biggest time-slot crowd of the season.
At 10 PM, ABC’s The Rookie season finale (0.7, 3.99M) improved by a tenth in the demo off last week’s season low to rank No. 1 its hour with the demo, tying CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans (0.7, 6.63M), but third in its hour in total viewers. Even so, it spiked by 400,000 viewers compared to the previous week, drawing its largest crowd in three weeks.
Leading off ABC’s night, American Housewife (0.8, 3.90M) improved over the prior week in both metrics, after which The Kids Are Alright (0.7, 3.12M) did same.
NBC’s The Voice (1.0, 7.09M) marked a new series demo low at 8 PM, ceding first-place slot status to CBS’ NCIS (1.1, 11.68M). After which The VIllage (0.6, 3.88M) and New Amsterdam (0.6, 4.45M) clocked demo season lows.
NCIS topped Tuesday in both metrics, besting closest competitor The Voice by 4.6 million viewers.
CBS’ 9 PM return of F.B.I. (0.9, 8.73M) finished first in its hour in both metrics with a 4.7M lead over its closest slot competition.
Week 5 of Fox’s Mental Samurai (0.5, 1.71M) matched last week’s lowest-yet in the demo and slipped to a new total-viewer low, following MasterChef Junior (0.7, 2.51M).
CW’s The Flash (0.6, 2.51M) topped its last two originals, after which Roswell, New Mexico (0.3, 1.07M) also improved by a tenth over the prior two weeks.
CBS (0.9, 9.01M) was No. 1 for night in both metrics, followed by ABC (0.8, 3.86M) in the demo and NBC (0.7, 5.14M) in total viewers. Fox (0.6, 2.11M) and CW (0.4, 1.45M) followed.