We certainly had a curiosity about some of Sunday’s ratings going into the night, mostly because this is when NBC and ABC were ready to unleash their new midseason lineups. This meant, for the first time all season, we would see American Idol and Good Girls alongside the Sunday debut of World of Dance.
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So how did some of these shows fare?
It feels fair to christen American Idol the big winner of the night. With over 8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the show did every bit as good (in the demos that matter) as it did with season 16 on average. It’s down versus last year’s premiere, but how could you expect anything else? Last year had a lot of preseason hype that was generated by the show being off the air for more than a year! This is a performance that ABC should be happy with, especially if it can stay reasonably steady throughout the next few months. The complication with American Idol is almost always the price tag, as this is not a cheap show to make because of all the talent salaries.
If you want to read more of what we had to say about some of the American Idol acts, you can do so over at the link here.
Now, let’s get to some of the other shows…
World of Dance – For its first show on Sunday, the NBC competition drew one of its lowest performances to date in a 1.0. We understand the network’s logic here — they’ve struggled for ages trying to find strong programming in this spring timeslot, and they saw World of Dance perform really well in the summer! Maybe if it keeps this up moving forward, it will prove to be a worthwhile gamble; we’re just used to some declines after the premiere for almost any show.
This is just a risky move in general when you think about where World of Dance was for the first two seasons, and how well it was doing.
Good Girls – Meanwhile, the season 2 premiere of NBC’s scripted entity last night drew a 0.7 rating, down a wide margin from where the series premiere was last year. Meanwhile, it is also down from the premiere rating for Timeless season 2 last year in this same timeslot. That’s going to be what Good Girls is compared to for much of this season given that it is effectively replacing Timeless on the air. One thing that it does have going for it is that Good Girls is produced in-house by Universal Television, meaning that it will give NBC a much bigger profit share than Timeless did — they will have a larger incentive to keep it going because of that.
What did you watch on television on Sunday night? Remember to share in the comments! (Photo: ABC.)