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Fox Leads Wednesday Despite Ongoing ‘Empire’ Slippage

Warhorse 'Survivor' Remains the Top Draw on CBS

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, November 16:

Note:
The following results do not include Seattle.

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 3.8/ 6, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 5, CBS: – 6, NBC and Fox: -14 each, CW: -21

-Winners:
“Survivor” (CBS), “Empire” (Fox), “Modern Family” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Lethal Weapon” (Fox)

-Slipping:
“Designated Survivor” (ABC)

-Marginal:

“Blindspot” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):

“Frequency” (CW), “Code Black” (CBS)

Ratings Breakdown:
There was nothing unusual to report on this second Wednesday in November. Fox won the evening on the strength of “Empire,” which topped the night at a 5.6 rating/9 share in the metered market households. Comparably, however, that was a loss of a noticeable 29 percent from the 7.9/12 in the overnights on the year-ago evening. And the lead-in support last night, “Lethal Weapon” (#2: 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m.), remains a stronger option than year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood.”

On CBS, warhorse “Survivor” keeps on ticking with a dominant 5.4/ 9 at 8 p.m. into a second-place 4.8/ 8 for veteran “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m. Both hours were on par with year-ago overnight levels. But sophomore medical drama “Code Black” slipped to third at 10 p.m. with a 3.6/ 6, which was 14 percent below the 4.2/ 7 on the year-ago evening.

Top-rated on ABC on Wednesday, as always, was sitcom “Modern Family” at a 5.2/ 8 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which increased from lead-in “Speechless” (#3: 3.8/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.) by 37 percent. Next was ‘black-ish” at a typical 3.7/ 6, which dipped to fourth in the 9:30 p.m. time period. And recent drama entry “Designated Survivor” closed the night with a series-low 4.1/ 7 at 10 p.m., which tied competing “Chicago PD” on NBC for first in the hour. While “Designated Survivor” remains a marked improvement over year-ago time period occupant “Nashville,” it has lost noticeable steam from those earlier weeks.

Also on ABC was “The Goldbergs” at a 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m., which demographically remains a respectable draw in the young adult categories.

On NBC, a 9 p.m. installment of “Chicago PD” scored a 3.9/ 6, which was on par with overnight levels for the regularly scheduled “Law & Order: SVU.” “Blindspot” opened the night for NBC with a 3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m., which compared to older-skewing year-ago “The Mysteries of Laura” (4.7/ 8 on 11/18/15) was down by 26 percent.

Over at The CW, “Arrow” opened with a typical 1.5/ 2 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by newbie “Frequency” at a 0.7 at 9 p.m. Both “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” will not be producing any new episodes past the initial 13.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Nov. 9 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.6/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.3/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”:3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.3/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.4/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.8/ 8 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.9/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.7/6 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”: 5.7/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.1/ 8 (#2)

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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