Monday, June 18, 2018

The Breakdown: CBS Tuesday in 2017-18 (NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans)




It's time for a journey through the CBS Tuesday schedule in 2017-18...


fall

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2016-17NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans130
152133103
2017-18NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans111 (-15%)
131 (-14%)109 (-18%)92 (-11%)
VsAvg+3%-4%+2%+1%
Rank9/1711/179/1710/17

NCIS and Bull were declining double digits in Plus in the winter and spring of last year, and that pretty much rolled on into this season, with Bull taking a particularly stark drop vs. the opening weeks of the series last year.

winter

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2016-17NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans115
14311192
2017-18NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans110 (-5%)
132 (-8%)109 (-1%)87 (-5%)
VsAvg+7%-1%+1%+3%
Rank9/1712/1710/1710/17

All three shows slowed into the single digits after the new year, with Bull holding up the best.

spring

Year8:008:309:009:3010:0010:30Avg
2016-17NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans103
1219989
2017-18NCISBullNCIS: New Orleans104 (+1%)
122 (+0%)107 (+8%)82 (-7%)
VsAvg+13%+6%+2%+8%
Rank8/179/179/178/17

And the first two shows did even better in the last section of the season, with Bull on the upside and NCIS riding its Pauley Perrette farewell to a break-even spring despite the sudden arrival of huge competition from Roseanne.

Rating the Ratings

NameLoAvgHiy2yPlusLabelPlusy2yResults
NCIS*1.11.401.6-18%128hit-9%detail
Bull1.01.191.3-16%109solid-7%detail
NCIS: New Orleans0.80.961.1-18%88marginal-8%detail

NCIS: It would've been a double-digit decline if not for the Perrette farewell, but I like that it generally got healthier as the season progressed. The double-digit declines basically lasted for one full year and then ended. Next year: life without Abby. Grade: C+.

Bull: This show started the worst of the three but even accounting for the Roseanne factor at 8/7c, I would say it ended the best. That spring retention is basically as good as what it was doing in the fall of its first season. Grade: B-.

NCIS: New Orleans: I'm being a little harder on this one because it seemed to really lag farther behind the other two in the spring. It's up against two new dramas which will be intriguing ratings-wise (The Rookie and New Amsterdam) next fall; will that help or hurt? 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.

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for CBS Tuesday.

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