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ABC, NBC and Fox Lead Wednesday in Adults 18-49; NBC Tops in Total Viewers

'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Chicago PD' Continue to Pick Up Speed

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Wednesday, February 10 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 7.67 million, CBS: 7.51, Fox: 6.78, ABC: 5.56, CW: 2.15

-Adults 18-49:

ABC, NBC and Fox: 1.7 rating/6 share each, CBS: 1.6/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 3

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 6.73 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.41 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#3)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 7.11 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.98 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.47 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.15 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Mike & Molly
Viewers: 6.64 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.99 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.22 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.42 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 7.71 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.84 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.66 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 4.88 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.93 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 6.03 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1t)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.94 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.72 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1t)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 4.03 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.77 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.54 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 7.30 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 8.44 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.11 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 6.92 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 8.10 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM ABC

    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.6 million and 1.7/6 in AD18-49): With its Wednesday lineup returning to regular all-originals for the first time in 1 month (since 01/13/16), ABC ranked #1 in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6 – tied w/Fox and NBC). The Net also ranked #1 on the evening in Adults 18-34 (tie) and won the broadcast race with Men 18-34.

    · ABC’s Modern Family outdelivered Fox’s American Idol on the night by 24% to rank as Wednesday’s #1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (2.6/8 vs. 2.1/7).

    The Middle/The Goldbergs (8-9pm – 6.5 million and 1.9/7 in AD18-49): From 8-9pm against Idol, The Middle and The Goldbergs ranked as the #1 scripted shows in their respective slots in Adults 18-49 and beat CBS’ comedies in the hour by 19% (1.9/7 vs. 1.6/5 for 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly). In Adults 18-49, The Middle (1.8/7) and The Goldbergs (2.0/7) held even with their most recent originals (on 1/20/16).

    Modern Family/black-ish (9-10pm – 6.9 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): ABC moved up to win the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, holding a 16% advantage over its nearest competition (2.2/7 vs. 1.9/6 –NBC’s L&O: SVU). Also in the hour, ABC’s comedies dominated Fox’s Idol-driven Hell’s Kitchen (+69% – 2.2/7 vs. 1.3/4). In Adults 18-49, Modern Family held steady with its most recent original (2.6/8 vs. 2.7/8 on 1/13/16) and black-ish jumped 12% over its last original (1.9/6 vs. 1.7/6 on 1/20/16).

    American Crime (10-11pm – 3.3 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s American Crime was up 13% week to week in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3). Most Recent TV Playback: Based on the most recent release of TV Playback data issued earlier this week, ABC’s American Crime scored its 2nd-best-ever increases in both L+3 (+63% – over last week’s L+SD rating) and L+7 (+70% – over its 1/20/16 L+SD rating) among Adults 18-49.

  2. It’s staggering how good the actors (and script) are in American Crime. It’s a shame more folks aren’t watching this.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. I still think the 1st season was a bit stronger. However, the individual performances are so strong that it overshadows the weaker story.

      • Part of the reason may be the lackluster ad campaign (gotta love the title white on black… must have cost a fortune to design that poster!)

        Another part of the reason is the title makes it sound like a clone of the HBO show.

  3. Interesting night.

    Even with AI down in the ratings, it’s still #1. Can FOX really go without it next season?

    The SVU/CPD crossover did really well. NBC was smart to lock up Dick Wolfe long term! MOL is an interesting case. Yes, its demos are low, but in this day and age, its hard to ignore the viewer levels it gets on a weekly basis. It’s definitely one of NBC’s more highly viewed shows. I think it’ll squeak out at least another half season.

    ABC’s comédies bounced back, but Blackish still lags a bit. People thought it took a hit last season because it was up against Empire, but now I’m not so sure it’s as strong as once thought.

    Wednesday is definitely a strong night for the CW.

    • I agree on MoL. Depending on how expensive it is and which studio it is, I can see it getting at least a 1/2 season next year. And if I were NBC, I would leave it alone. Several people have thought it could be moved to Friday but why mess with it?

      • I agree with you guys on Queen Laura as well as it needs to stay put their Wednesday lineup is perfect and will get stronger once CBS either ends or moves Criminal Minds away from the night. There’s no reason to stick it on Fridays at this point. Once they found out that Shades of Blue wasn’t a special hit for them they now have space on the schedule but I would consider rotating it with Laura next season to avoid repeat weeks. Have SoB run 13 and have Laura run 18-22 because Laura is actually going to be a good repeater in syndication as it attracts that Castle type audience for a network like TNT.

          • The only wrinkle is that NBC owns SOB, while MOL is owned by, I believe, Warner Brothers. If ratings stay where they currently are, NBC would probably give preference to SOB.

            Although with HTGAWM back tonight, my guess is the SOB will drop a bit so maybe in the end, MOL is the stronger bet.

        • None of those shows are doing “well”. That’s why they need to move/cancel them.

          But don’t worry, Mr. Greenblatt thinks of mediocre ratings as his lifeboat to another year of a huge paycheck and bonuses…

    • I think FOX should really reconsider ending Idol permanently. I would let it take a break next season and relaunch it for the 2017-18 season with changes made to it where it can separate itself from The Voice a little bit. I would bring back X Factor but I think Simon being with AGT now that’s not going to happen.

    • I’m assuming Blackish’ overnights posted were incorrect:

      9:00 p.m.

      ABC – Modern Family: 5.2/ 8 (#3)

      9:30 p.m.

      ABC – black-ish: 5.2/ 8 (#2)

    • You’re coming to see Black-ish’s purported strength the way I did back then… 😉

      Sad to read that a major network with 2 million viewers is having a “strong night”…

  4. Is there anybody literally printing more money than Dick Wolf right now? Dude is a monster and deserves his contract extension.

    Voight from Chicago PD is doing his best Chris Harris, Jr. of the Denver Donkeys impersonation when he talks about the AFC West being his team’s division and screams out, “THIS IS OUR DIVISION, THIS IS OUR DIVISION!” Well Voight is screaming to CBS and ABC that, “THIS IS OUR TIMESLOT! THIS IS OUR TIMESLOT!”

    Chicago PD has had a real stranglehold on this timeslot since CSI departed in 2014 which is probably still one of CBS’ biggest mistakes. I don’t see CM: BB doing much here either as it looks like the next CSI: Cyber. American Crime is making Nashville look pretty good to squeeze out a fifth season. From last night’s crossover it was odd to see the big jump at 10pm but I think that had more to do with SVU having competition from Criminal Minds at 9pm. Either way good night for NBC and another great night from Queen Laura leading off this show will no doubt get a third season as it’s improved its ratings from last season where it got only 5.8 million viewers and a 1.0 on the same week last year losing to Arrow.

  5. Mysteries of Laura is a fun show. I love it. I know it skews a bit older. I have proposed NBC put it on Friday next season. Especially if Grimm either concludes (I doubt) or gets a final season with a reduced order (more likely).

    One of the rare times I have seen SVU beat Criminal Minds. Well done. Chicago PD hit a season high with this crossover.

    I think Hell’s Kitchen would do better over the summer (it had better ratings than this the summer seasons) but what else does Fox have left to throw all over the schedule honestly.

  6. In saner times, American Crime would have been long benched…

    At CBS 2 Broke Girls is hurting the whole night.

    Overall, what a terrible night for all involved.