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Easy Wednesday Overnight Victory for Fox

Second-to-Last Episode of 'American Idol' Picks Up Considerable Steam


Household Rating/Share
Fox: 7.4 rating/12 share, CBS: 4.7/ 8, ABC: 4.0/ 7, NBC: 2.7/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CW: +100, Fox: +45, ABC: no change, CBS: -18, NBC: -50


Ratings Breakdown:
Fox stood well above the Wednesday competition care of the second-to-last episode of “American Idol” (#1: 7.3 rating/12 share) and “Empire” (#1 for the night: 7.7/12), which slipped by seven percent from its 8.3/13 return one week earlier. Comparably, that translated into 12.45 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. Fox would be wise next season to move “Empire” to Wednesday at 8 p.m. into the upcoming spinoff tentatively titled “Star.”

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In the distant No. 3 spot was CBS care of warhorse “Survivor” (#2: 5.4/ 9), which is looking at another approximate 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data), and two episodes of recent entry “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (9 p.m.: #2: 4.7/ 7; 10 p.m.: #1, 4.3/ 7). While the overnights for “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” are respectable, the results are more in tune with a typical older-skewing Eye network crime solver.

In its third Wednesday 8 p.m. telecast, NBC medical drama “Heartbeat” sunk to a series-low 2.7/ 5 in the household overnights, which was 18 percent below the 3.3/ 5 last week. This is also a notable decline from former time period occupant “The Mysteries of Laura,” which is still in contention for a third season renewal.

Next on NBC was a repeat granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.7/ 4 at 9 p.m.), which by next season will be the third longest running scripted drama in the history of television (behind “Gunsmoke” and parent “Law & Order”). An encore telecast of “Chicago PD” capped off the night for the Peacock net with a third-place 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC scored a typical Wednesday in the overnights care of sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 4.8/ 8), “The Goldbergs” (#3: 4.2/ 7), “Modern Family” (#2: 5.4/ 8) and “black-ish” (#3: 3.8/ 5), and on-the-fence drama “Nashville” (#2: 3.0/ 5). And The CW populated the night with “Arrow” (#5: 1.7/ 3) and “Supernatural” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which were also at typical overnight levels. Amazingly, “Supernatural” will be heading into season 12 next season.

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 ( 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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