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Tuesday night was a relatively down night for TV overall (except for NBC and ABC), with some notable exceptions. NBC's This Is Us and Chicago Fire each rose a tenth, while the Wall stayed flat. ABC's The Middle was able to stay steady with last week, but American Housewife took a small dip. The 9 PM combo each rose a tenth while SHIELD stayed steady. On Fox, New Girl ticked up, but the recently-renewed Mick decided it was time to go fractional. It lead into a lower episode of Bones. The CW's superhero duo returned from a week off to one-tenth-lower numbers. CBS's NCIS dipped a tenth and NCIS: New Orleans dipped one following last week's crossover.

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.


Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PM
NCIS
1.6/614.68
CBS

The Middle
1.5/66.25
ABC

The Wall (F)
1.4/65.90
NBC

The Flash
1.0/42.74
The CW

New Girl
1.0/42.28
Fox
8:30 PM
American Housewife
1.4/55.17
ABC

The Mick
0.9/32.39
Fox
9 PM
This Is Us
2.5/99.37
NBC

Bull
1.3/510.56
CBS

Fresh Off the Boat
1.1/43.78
ABC

Bones
0.7/32.88
Fox

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
0.6/31.67
The CW
9:30 PM
The Real O’Neals
0.9/32.91
ABC
10 PM
Chicago Fire
1.6/67.06
NBC

NCIS: New Orleans
1.1/59.41
CBS

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
0.6/32.05
ABC

Wednesday night was "normal" last night for the final time in a few weeks, and some shows will be taking breaks or ending their seasons in upcoming weeks. ABC's Match Game concluded its season last night, tied with its season low. The Goldbergs and Speechless, also on ABC, were both down a tenth. Black-ish (at least preliminarily) rose. On the CW, Arrow fell to a new low, with The 100 holding its 0.4 once again. On CBS, the first two hours were steady, but Doubt tumbled two tenths to a very ugly 0.6, making it CBS' lowest rated M-F series already. Fox's Lethal Weapon, fresh off renewal, dipped, but Star held. On NBC, Blindspot tied its series low, while SVU dipped again and PD was flat.

Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PM
The Goldbergs
1.7/76.15
ABC

Lethal Weapon
1.3/56.17
Fox

Hunted
1.2/45.08
CBS

Blindspot
0.8/34.12
NBC

Arrow
0.5/21.53
The CW
8:30 PM
Speechless
1.5/65.29
ABC
9 PM
Modern Family
2.0/76.69
ABC

Law & Order: SVU
1.3/55.65
NBC

Criminal Minds
1.3/57.16
CBS

Star
1.2/43.92
Fox

The 100
0.4/11.00
The CW
9:30 PM
Blackish
1.6/65.36
ABC
10 PM
Chicago PD
1.3/56.50
NBC

Match Game (F)
0.9/43.61
ABC

Doubt
0.6/24.01
CBS
This week, the story with Phil's new lot continues, as he aims to fulfill his dream of building Dunphy Towers.


S8E14 "Heavy is the Head"

The episode begins with Phil attempting to break ground on his new lot, when he is given an offer from a neighbor. Jay wants to sell if he comes back with a bigger offer, though Phil is attached to his dream. However, they discover sewage lines, which would cost a lot of time and money. Phil and Jay end up concluding instead of a building, they will build a parking lot.

After disliking the gift Gloria gave her last year, Claire tries to be accepting of Gloria's birthday present. Gloria comes to Claire's office, while Claire also deals with employees upset by budget cuts. The employees discover Claire getting a massage and manicure, so Gloria reminds them of how hard Claire works.

While helping Lily with a science project, Cam ends up getting hit in the head. So, he has to get an MRI, and Mitch struggles to get him into the machine. This really isn't as funny as it attempts to be, and it also is very similar to Cam's concerns in the original Halloween episode. Eventually, Mitch finds a way to comfort Cam as he goes into the machine.

Alex is really well liked by her co-workers, and is really enjoying that. That is very in-character for Alex. She goes to the manager about her co-workers' shifts, and the ideas she presents end up making her assistant manager. Trying to work this out, she ends up becoming the manager. Meanwhile, Manny explains Game of Thrones to Haley, which is entertaining.


Honestly, this was a really bad episode, the worst yet. Alex's story wasn't that bad, but the rest of them were. Phil and Jay's was especially bad, with it pretty much just going problem is introduced then quickly to solution thought of, and Phil's dreams being thrown away way too quickly. Also, Mitch and Cam's disagreement over whether Mitch is good at things was so annoying.

Score: 2.5/10

What did you think of "Heavy is the Head"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

The Blacklist: Redemption, NBC's latest drama series and a spinoff of the veteran series The Blacklist, premieres Thursday night on NBC. The series will air in the 10 PM slot for eight weeks, allowing for its parent series to take a break. So far this season, The Blacklist has averaged a 1.1 in the slot, but it has recently been pulling 0.9s. For its premiere, Redemption will receive a lead-in of the Blacklist, instead of its typical Chicago Med lead-in. Can Redemption improve on the mothership's ratings or will it flounder like other recent NBC series?

With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, this week is an Oscar-themed episode of Speechless.


S1E16 "O-S-OSCAR P-A-PARTY"

At the start of the episode, Maya has lost her keys, and it's funny when Ray demonstrates his special skill of being able to find them. A new mom joins the group for special needs moms, and she turns out to not be a mess, like they were when they all started. When the other moms decide then to look nice for the Oscar party, Maya insists that she undo everything that was done to make the house look nice.

Kenneth and J.J, debate over who knows movies better, and it is funny when Kenneth figures out how to make movie trivia fair. It is very funny as Jimmy observes the behavior of the special needs dads, and how they do whatever their wives tell them. So, he decides to use them to fix things and make the garage look nice, which is hilariously easy for him to get them to do. Ray meets a girl who interests him, though she is very odd.

Things go wrong when the cable goes out, and the moms all bring cups, so the moms all go to the new mom's house. It is funny when one mom tries to like something when it looks like something from Pintrest. Jimmy tries to help the dads figure out what they want, and it is hilarious when one says he doesn't understand the question. Kenneth levels the playing field when all of the kids want to do movie trivia, and one question leads to a fight, which he decides to level the playing field in.

Maya ends up lashing out at the new mom, and when she goes to apologize because she feels bad, it ends up leading to a bigger fight, which is funny. Ray and the girl go to his school, and it is kind of funny when he smashes a window to prove that he is fun. The moms end up deciding on a common enemy, moms without special needs kids.


Maya's story was funny, as was Kenneth and J.J.'s, and Ray's was okay, but the highlight of this week's episode was Jimmy and the dads.

Score: 8/10

What did you think of "O-S-OSCAR P-A-PARTY"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Marvin's ex-wife appears this week on Fresh Off the Boat.


S3E14 "The Gloves Are Off"

Jessica prepares to go to a yard sale, and it is pretty funny when she asks the family what they want. At the yard sale, Jessica sees Marvin's ex-wife Sarah, and is impressed with her negotiating, which is entertaining, Jessica tries to get Honey and Sarah to get along, and it is pretty funny when they both have to stay in the bar because Sarah McLachlan is playing.

Honey vents to Jessica about how Nicole doesn't feel like she has to try because Sarah keeps telling her she will get her a job, so Jessica gets Sarah fired. It is pretty funny when Jessica struggles to understand venting. In the end, Jessica gets Sarah her job back, and Sarah and Honey talk about the problems between them, leading to Sarah being more responsible, instead of just a fun parent.

Grandma Huang wants a motorized wheelchair, and Emery and Evan discover that, if she is old enough, she can get it for free, so they try to figure out how old she is. Once they discover she is old enough, they go to the store, and it is funny when the guy working there makes comments about how she looks definitely old enough. The tag scene is very funny, when Grandma Huang is compared to a shark.


The story with Jessica had some good funny moments, though I thought it wrapped up too neatly. The Grandma Huang story didn't have much that was very interesting about it until near the end.

Score: 7/10

What did you think of "The Gloves Are Off"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

NBC had its final week before the return of the Voice. It went over much better than last week, with the American Ninja Warrior special being a big improvement on the Celebrity Apprentice. Timeless aired its finale behind the special, and was up two tenths from last week. The Bachelor on ABC won the night again and was up a tenth from last week. It led into a higher episode of Quantico. The CW's Supergirl was down, but Jane the Virgin managed to hold steady. Fox's Monday lineup once again dipped, with APB going fractional already. On CBS, the first hour and a half of programming took hits, while the second hour and a half held steady.

Finals Update: Quantico (-0.1) adjusted down.

Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PM
The Bachelor
2.5/87.87
ABC

American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars
1.4/55.18
NBC

Kevin Can Wait
1.4/57.29
CBS

24: Legacy
1.0/44.40
Fox

Supergirl
0.7/32.23
The CW
8:30 PM
Man With a Plan
1.3/56.69
CBS
9 PM
Superior Donuts
1.2/46.67
CBS

APB
0.8/33.79
Fox

Jane the Virgin
0.4/21.09
The CW
9:30 PM
2 Broke Girls
1.2/45.78
CBS
10 PM
Scorpion
1.2/47.13
CBS

Timeless (F)
0.9/33.34
NBC

Quantico
0.6/32.57 
ABC

We have another Fox renewal for the day. Fox has renewed their drama series, Star, for a second season.  The series has done well, typically retaining most of its (recently renewed) Lethal Weapon lead in. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide. The series will join the already renewed Lucifer, Empire, The Simpsons, Lethal Weapon, The Mick, and Bob's Burgers next season.

You can find the ratings so far for Star below:
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for more Star? Let us know in the comments below.
Finishing up the winter shows, we are ending with NBC's spin-off of The Blacklist.


What May Cause The Blacklist Redemption to be a Hit?

Little competition
The competition that The Blacklist Redemption will face is minimal. ABC will be airing The Catch against it (after the first two weeks, when How to Get Away with Murder and When We Rise will be up against it), which ended with a 0.8 last season, and CBS will be airing Training Day against it, which got a 0.7 last week.


What May Cause The Blacklist Redemption to be a Miss for NBC?

The Blacklist not so strong
This fall, The Blacklist was NBC's second-lowest-rated drama, only behind Blindspot. So, how will will a spin off of the show be able to perform? The latest episode of The Blacklist got a 0.9. If The Blacklist Redemption is just a tenth lower than that in its premiere this week, it will most likely be NBC's lowest rated Monday-Thursday drama of the week, maybe tying Blindspot. That's not a good way for a new show to start out.

Thursday at 10:00 timeslot history
NBC has premiered nine new dramas in the Thursday at 10:00 timeslot in-season since fall 2011. Out of those nine, seven failed (Prime Suspect, The Firm, Awake, Do No Harm, Allegiance, The Player, Game of Silence), and only two made it so a second season, Hannibal and Shades of Blue. If The Blacklist Redemption were to make it to a second season, it would definitely be in the minority.

Chicago Med not the best lead-in
While not a failure, Chicago Med isn't as good of a lead-in as The Voice or Law & Order: SVU are, or as This is Us, Chicago Fire, or Chicago PD would be. It isn't a show that should be canceled, but it isn't a show that should be leading into a new one.


What to Expect for The Blacklist Redemption?

I think that the biggest factor here will be the strength of The Blacklist, or the lack thereof. It seems unlikely that this would perform better than The Blacklist, and it doesn't have to perform much worse to be NBC's lowest rated drama Monday-Thursday.


Which factors do you think will be most in play in making The Blacklist Redemption a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!