Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Breakdown: CBS Monday in 2015-16 (Supergirl, Scorpion, NCIS: LA, Mike & Molly)

It's time for a journey through the CBS Monday schedule in 2015-16...


2014-152 Broke GirlsThe MillersScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles116
2015-16SupergirlScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles113 (-2%)
128 (+16%)124 (-11%)87 (-10%)

Supergirl got off the ground as a significant improvement on the year-ago comedy hour, so all was well in the early going. Scorpion had trouble sustaining last year's strong early ratings, but to be fair, it didn't have The Big Bang Theory lead-ins like last year. NCIS: LA got off to a stinker start like its timeslot companion Castle, opening with a new series low 1.2. But its declines were not quite as steep from there.

Prior to Supergirl's premiere was a brief run of The Big Bang Theory (281) and Life in Pieces (141) in the 8:00 hour.


2014-152 Broke GirlsMike and MollyScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles123
2015-16SupergirlScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles115 (-6%)
115 (-13%)130 (-4%)101 (0%)

The winter months brought a nice rebound for this entire night. Even Supergirl spiked relative to its late fall numbers, but it fell well behind the winter version of the comedy lineup. NCIS: LA actually made it all the way back to even in Plus, mostly competing against unscripted underachievers The Biggest Loser and Bachelor Live.


2014-152 Broke GirlsMike and MollyScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles107
2015-16SupergirlScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles96 (-10%)
95 (-14%)108 (-11%)85 (-4%)

But it was a disappointing spring for the tri-dramas, and that may have been what got CBS to risk a big shake-up of the night for next fall. You could actually argue Supergirl held up the best, considering it had to deal with the steepest declines in overall viewing due to DST. Scorpion and LA were probably more about competition, with The Voice and Dancing with the Stars returning at 9/8c while dramas Castle and Blindspot returned at 10:00. But they still fell off a good bit more than last spring.

After Supergirl wrapped, Mike and Molly (102) ran its final seven episodes in the 8:00 hour, while The Odd Couple (79) filled in for Scorpion at 9:30.

The Shows

Mike and Molly*1.31.551.7-21%106solid-8%detail
NCIS: Los Angeles*1.11.311.6-18%90marginal-6%detail

Supergirl: Despite its cancellation on CBS, it was still one of the strongest newbies of the season. Keeps its Monday 8/7c timeslot in a move to the CW.

Mike and Molly: Sorta hard to truly assess the performance of a show that got thrown around like this one. The Wednesday 8:30 run in January should've been favorable, but it did have big comedy competition from The Goldbergs. And over half the order got aired after DST. With the exception of maybe that spike in the second-to-last week, it was never quite as impressive as last year. But it was still a workmanlike performer. Grade: B-.

Scorpion: This was kind of a disappointing sophomore season, even if lead-in Supergirl was weaker than previous occupants. Being down 11% in Plus in the fall was forgivable, since The Voice was so strong and it was being compared against its inflated early results. A return to -11% for the spring portion stings more. Grade: C.

NCIS: Los Angeles: Its Plus declines were more modest than Scorpion's, but they were declines nonetheless. Grade: C+.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Check back tomorrow for this day's new Schedules Plus! Till then, you can refer to the old version.

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