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Fox Tops Wednesday, but ‘Empire’ Slips

All Five Broadcast Nets on the Downside Year-to-Year

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, November 9:

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 5.2/ 8, CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 3.7/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 2, CBS: – 8, Fox: -10, NBC: -15, CW: -33

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

-Slipping:
“Designated Survivor” (ABC)

-Marginal:
“Blindspot” (NBC), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Frequency” (CW), “Code Black” (CBS)
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-Ratings Breakdown:
“Empire” led Fox to midweek overnight victory, but the novelty has clearly worn off. “Empire” scored a 5.6 rating/9 share in the metered market households, topping the night and building from respectable lead-in “Lethal Weapon” (#2: 4.8/ 8 at 8 p.m.) by 17 percent. Comparably, however, this was a considerable 27 percent below the 7.7/12 on the year-ago evening.

“Survivor” on CBS (#1: 5.4/ 9) remains a bona fide hit, ranking first in the 8 p.m. hour and coming in on par from the year-ago evening. But veteran lead-out “Criminal Minds” slipped by 12 percent year-to-year with a 4.6/ 8 at 9 p.m. And that led into a 3.8/ 7 (#2t) for sophomore medical drama “Code Black” at 10 p.m., which one year earlier was healthier at a 4.4/ 8. Anticipate another distant third place time period finish for “Code Black” in adults 18-49.
Over at ABC, freshman drama “Designated Survivor” still dominated at 10 p.m., but it sunk to a series-low 4.2/ 7. Comparably, however, it was still noticeably stronger than the 3.3/ 6 for year-ago time period occupant “Nashville,” and it bested the competition – “Chicago PD” on NBC and aforementioned “Code Black” on CBS, each with a 3.8/ 7 — by 11 percent. Results demographically for “Designated Survivor” should show a larger advantage in the key young adult categories.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the sitcom combination of “The Goldbergs” (#3: 4.4/ 7), “Speechless” (#3: 3.8/ 6), “Modern Family” (#2: 5.0/ 8) and “black-ish” (#4: 3.6/ 6) from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, NBC remains a marginal presence on Wednesday a la dramas “Blindspot” (#4: 3.6/ 6), granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 3.8/ 6) and aforementioned “Chicago PD” (#2t: 3.8/ 7). And recent drama entry “Frequency” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m.) slipped by 50 percent from lead-in “Arrow” (#5: 1.4/ 2 at 8 p.m.), which is too severe a decline.

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

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.4/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.7/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”:3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.3/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.8/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”:5.6/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”:3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.9/6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”:5.6/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.7/ 7 (#2t)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.7/ 7 (#2t)

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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