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CBS Leads Quiet Wednesday; Sluggish Return for ‘The 100’ on The CW

New 'Showtime at the Apollo' Special Fails to Resonate on Fox

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, February 1, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 2.7/ 4, ABC: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CBS: + 5, CW: -27, NBC: -35, Fox: -43, ABC: -46

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this relatively quiet first Wednesday in February, with veteran “Criminal Minds” topping the evening at a 4.9 rating/8 share in the household overnights at 9 p.m. CBS also dominated the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET hours care of recently introduced reality/competition “Hunted” (3.4/ 6) and sophomore medical drama “Code Black” (4.3/ 8), respectively. As time period filler until “Survivor” returns, “Hunted” is performing admirably.

In season-premiere news, CW drama “The 100” did not impress at a 0.9/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m., which trailed year-ago time period occupant “Supernatural” (1.2/ 2 on 2/03/16) by 25 percent. Comparably, overnight retention for “The 100” out of “Arrow” (#5: 1.4/ 2 at 8 p.m.) was 64 percent.

Second-place NBC featured another Wednesday of all repeats care of two episodes of granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” (8 p.m.: #1, 3.1/ 5; 9 p.m. #2: 3.0/ 5) and “Chicago PD” (#2: 3.0/ 5).

Elsewhere, Fox continues to feel the absence of “American Idol,” dipping by 43 percent, on average, from the year-ago evening with the pairing of 8 p.m. special “Showtime at the Apollo” (#5: 1.5/ 2) and “Star” (#3: 2.9/ 5). And ABC was in all repeats with its line-up of “The Goldbergs” (#2t: 3.0/ 5), “Speechless” (#2: 3.1/ 5), “Modern Family” (#4: 2.8/ 5), ‘black-ish” (#4: 2.6/ 4) and “The Match Game” (#3: 2.2/ 4). Fasten your seatbelts for Alec Baldwin in his 17th appearance as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.” It should be interesting!

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Jan. 25 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#2t)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.4/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.3/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The 100” (season premiere): 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “Star”: 3.0/ 5 (#2t)
CW – “The 100” (season premiere): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#2)

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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  1. Curious if anyone feels, like I do, Criminal Minds has been “rebooted” with the additional cast and departure of “Hodge”? I think its much better without him. The “new” guy, sorry, don’t know his name, from The Player, is superb. Gibson was stiff, anal, no fun, and clearly had issues.