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CBS Tops Midweek Overnights; ‘American Crime’ Remains the Weak Link on ABC

All Results Consistent

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Note: The following ratings exclude the Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis, Greensboro-High Point and Charlotte markets.

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.0 rating/8 share, NBC and Fox: 4.6/ 7 each, ABC: 4.0/ 6, CW: 1.5/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
CBS: + 6, CW: no change, NBC: -12, ABC: -13, Fox: -42

Ratings Breakdown:

CBS topped this fourth Wednesday in February in the household overnights care of its combination of “Survivor” (#2: 5.2 rating/8 share), which was on par with its week-ago season opener, “Criminal Minds” (#2: 5.3/ 9) and the season (or series) finale of freshman drama “Code Black” (#2: 4.5/ 8). Comparably, household retention for “Code Black” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Criminal Minds” (5.4/ 9) was solid at 83 percent and it trailed NBC’s competing “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.6/ 8) by only one-tenth of a rating point. In other words, my personal vote is for a second season renewal for “Code Black.”

As for “Survivor,” and speaking as a die-hard fan, last night’s tribal was one of the best I have ever seen. The clock keeps ticking on this ageless franchise.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was consistent overnight performances for “The Mysteries of Laura” (#3: 4.6/ 7 at 8 p.m.), which I have suggested could be a positive option for Friday next season, and “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 4.6/ 7 at 9 p.m.).

Over at Fox, soon-to-conclude “American Idol” led the 8 p.m. hour with a 6.2/10 in the overnights into a 3.0/ 5 for “Hell’s Kitchen” at 9 p.m., which dipped by an extensive 52 percent. The reason for Fox’s steep year-to-year decline was because of the 9.2/14 for “Empire” on the year-ago evening.

On ABC, sophomore “American Crime” remained the network’s weak Wednesday link at a 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m. The 8-10 p.m. comedy rotation – “The Middle” (#3t: 4.6/ 7), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4./1 6), “Modern Family” (#1: 5.6/ 9) and “black-ish” (#3: 4.2/ 7) – was consistent. As much as I personally enjoy “The Middle,” Axl (Charlie McDermott) and Sue (Eden Sher) constantly returning home from college is just plain idiotic.

The CW capped off the night with dramas “Arrow” (#5: 1.9/ 3) and “Supernatural,” which were also consistent.

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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. As for Survivor, I disagree. We didn’t need another season of Brains & Beauty….and this is one of the worst group casts in Survivor history.

    • I don’t mind the group….but it sure is an unattractive group. The Brawn tribe is fairly ugly and the Brains makes them look darn attractive….woof! The Beauty tribe is alright….

      I think the producers just picked up some very irritating ppl…..that is always a turn-off.