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The Cancellation Clock is Ticking on ‘Doubt’ on CBS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, February 22, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 6, CBS: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: -17, NBC: -20, Fox: -24, CBS: -30, CW: -40

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC moved into the top spot in the household overnights on this particularly lackluster Wednesday where only four-tenths of a rating point separated the Big 4 networks.

In alarming news for CBS, week two of legal drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, dropped by 22 percent from its already modest opening last week with a 2.8 rating/5 share in households (#2) at 10 p.m. One week earlier, the opening household overnight was a 3.6/ 7, and that translated into just 5.31 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/1 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. “Doubt” also dipped by 39 percent in the overnights from its “Criminal Minds” lead-in (#1: 4.6/ 8 from 9-10 p.m.), and is expected to come in at about a 0.6 rating in the key demographic. With that in mind don’t be surprised to see CBS potentially make a quick time period change.

NBC’s “Chicago PD” dominated the 10 p.m. hour, with a 4.3/ 8, while a sluggish 2.4/ 4 (#3) for “The Match Game” on ABC, hosted by Alec Baldwin, proves this game show revival is better suited for the summer.

Earlier in the evening, Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” dominated the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.1/ 7 into a fourth-place 2.8/ 5 for recently introduced “Star” at 9 p.m. Both scripted hours have been greenlit for their second seasons.

ABC slipped by two-tenths of a rating point with 8-9:30 p.m. comedies “The Goldbergs” (#1t: 4.0/ 7), “Speechless” (#2: 3.3/ 5) and “Modern Family” (#2: 4.5/ 7), while “black-ish” at 9:30 p.m. (#3: 3.5/ 6) was on par from one week earlier.

CBS opened the evening with reality/competition time period filler “Hunted” at a 3.1/ 5 (#3) at 8 p.m., and The CW had nothing unusual to report with its pairing of “Arrow” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and “The 100” (#5: 0.7/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Feb. 22 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.0/ 7 (#1t)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.0/ 7 (#1t)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.3/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (winter finale): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Doubt”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (winter finale): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Doubt”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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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