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Fox Wins First Wednesday of New Season

'Lethal Weapon' Into 'Empire' is an Immediate Positive; Winning Start for 'Designated Survivor' on ABC

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, September 21 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

Fox: 9.30 million, ABC: 8.09, CBS: 7.83, NBC: 6.85, CW: 1.19

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 3.1 rating/11 share, ABC: 2.2/ 8, CBS: 2.1/ 8, NBC: 1.6/ 6, CW: 0.3/ 1

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-Winners:
Survivor (CBS), Lethal Weapon (Fox), Empire (Fox), Designated Survivor (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
Modern Family (ABC), Big Brother (CBS)

-Sluggish:
Blindspot (NBC)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.80 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.71 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ (#1)

NBC – Blindspot (time period premiere)
Viewers: 6.23 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon (series premiere)
Viewers: 7.24 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#3)

CW – Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)
Viewers: 1.17 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless (series premiere)
Viewers: 7.28 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#3)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.00 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Blindspot (time period premiere)
Viewers: 5.27 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.35 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

CW – Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)
Viewers: 1.21 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.16 million (#3), A18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#2)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 9.34 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.22 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#4)

Fox – Empire (season premiere)
Viewers: 10.70 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/14 (#1)

CW – Whose Line is it Anyway? (R)
Viewers: 1.13 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.42 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Big Brother (season finale)
Viewers: 6.77 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.16 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#4)

Fox – Empire (season premiere)
Viewers: 10.87 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/14 (#1)

CW – Whose Line is it Anyway? (R)
Viewers: 1.22 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 10.08 million (#1), A18-49: 12.3/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Big Brother (season finale)
Viewers: 6.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.97 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 9.82 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Big Brother (season finale)
Viewers: 6.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.75 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 6/ (#3)

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. FROM NBC

    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    The regular-slot season-two debut of “Blindspot” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Maintains 100% of last May’s season finale (1.3 vs. 1.3 on May 23, which followed “The Voice”).

    · Matches its final four ratings from last season on Monday nights (when it benefited from a “Voice” lead-in), equaling its top rating, excluding last week’s post-“America’s Got Talent” 10 p.m. episode, since April 25 (1.4).

    · Excluding last week’s post-“ Talent” telecast, delivered its most-watched episode since March 14 (6.2 million).

    · Beats by +18% NBC’s average in the hour last season in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1, L+SD non-sports).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Blindspot” grew by +82% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.84 to a 3.34) and 4.8 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The 18th season premiere of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Grows +13% versus its premiere-week rating in the same hour last year (1.6 with the first hour of a 9-11 p.m. season premiere on Sept. 23, 2015) and matches the 1.8 for last year’s full two-hour duration.

    · Scores the show’s highest rating since Feb. 10 (1.9).

    · Delivers its most-watched episode since Feb. 17 (7.732 million).

    · Builds by +38% on its lead-in in 18-49 and +28% in total viewers.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Law & Order: SVU” grew by +72% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.60 to a 2.75) and 3.0 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 9.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The fourth season debut of “Chicago P.D.” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Increases by +14% versus last season’s finale (1.4 on May 25).
    · Captures the show’s highest rating since Feb. 24 (1.6).
    · Improves on last season’s premiere in total viewers by +3% (6.859 million vs. 6.652 million).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Chicago P.D.” increased by +71% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.54 to a 2.64) and more than 3.5 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 10.4 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.8/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/5; “Late Show,” 0.3/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.1/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied “Late Late Show” (0.2/1).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. FROM CBS

    THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “SURVIVOR” SWEEPS THE
    8:00-9:00 PM HOUR IN VIEWERS , A18-49 AND A25-54

    “Survivor” Soars Over Last Spring’s Premiere By +13% in Viewers and +21% in A18-49

    The Finale of “Big Brother” on Par With Year Ago in Competitive Time Period

    · From 8:00-9:30 PM, the season premiere of SURVIVOR averaged 9.35m, 2.3 in A18-49 and 3.1 in A25-54, winning its 8:00-9:00 PM time period in all these measures. Compared to last spring’s premiere, SURVIVOR was up +13% in viewers, +21% in A18-49 and +15% in A25-54.

    · From 9:30-11:00 PM, the season finale of BIG BROTHER averaged 6.32m, 2.0 in A18-49 and 2.4 in A25-54 on par with last year’s finale opposite competing season and series premieres.

  3. What?!? No talk about a Chicago show coming in dead last?

    FOX: The big news for FOX is that its only hit Empire did not fall from last Spring (though compared to last fall its a disaster). That 4.1 should ensure it at the top of the heap in scripted shows for the nets…good for them. Lethal Weapon debuted okay, the next few weeks will be interesting….will it hold or will it turn into the next Rosewood, time will tell.

    ABC: The Goldbergs held up nicely, not really to surprising, Speechless holding 100% of its numbers is a good sign, MF still leads the pack but the difference between it and the other comedies is becoming marginal. Black-ish also did okay…Designated Survivor did well, beating the BB finale’ on CBS and resident leader on this slot Chicago PD is something to crow about….if it is able to hold even 80% of these numbers in the coming week it will be the new leader on Weds at 10pm….that is big for ABC that has struggled in this timeslot for years.

    CBS: Solid return for Survivor, this old Titan will not die and is holding her own vs. newer shows….bravo! Big Brother finale’ had good numbers as well…next week should be interesting for CBS as Minds and Code Black return…lets see if the former can capitalize on the shows stars shake-up and if the latter will grow or crash and burn….next week will be interesting to say the least

    NBC: Blindspot debuted poorly as predicted….this show is the new Mysteries of Laura, weakman on the NBC Wednesday squad. SVU did better than I expected but they usually do on premier night, the show while old is still holding its own, impressive! Chicago PD was pretty much on par with last season but the competition was stiffer which is a good sign, will it comeback to win this slot or have to settle for 2nd is the question for this show…again, time will tell.

    • It’s going to be interesting to see how that 10pm race goes down on Wednesdays because Designated Survivor didn’t start out high enough to the point where Chicago PD will never be able to catch it. Once the dust really settles on the season like around November this is where we can see a tight race there. Chicago PD usually does a great job of climbing back on the new shows in this hour as they usually trail the new CBS dramas in the hour initially then come back the greatest example of this was Stalker a couple of years ago where it looked like CPD would not be able to catch Stalker then it did so we’ll see how this goes. It will be interesting for sure but I’m a little bit worried about CBS in this hour because they can get real lost in the shuffle. I think DS is only for 13 episodes but ABC might push them for a full 22. Not sure what’s the deal with that just yet.

      • Designated Survivor won its time slot so it’s always a good thing, but that said, it’s not like those are great numbers.

        The proof, as always will be whether it improves, decreases or holds steady.

        Also of note was the relatively poor debut of never-was-really-a-hit Modern Family.

  4. Reviews:

    The Good Place: I’m kind of surprised I liked this show….somewhat unique concept in today’s “anti-religious” shows that Hollywierd delivers so I applaud that, but the concept seems limited on where they can go and what they can do….I’ll keep watching for now, for now.

    I will review Designated Survivor Tomorrow and have to catch-up with This is Us and Speechless as I forgot to record them

  5. This season has started off rather interesting since the new shows have gotten off to decent to great starts but it’s going to be more interesting to see how everything settles in during October and November which will really tell the story. We’ve seen many shows start out high and flame out so fast after a few weeks in and I don’t see that not being the case again this season that’s why I refuse to get caught up in the hype of some of these numbers.

    I believe the two biggest fall premieres This Is Us and Designated Survivor started off lower than what most people expected especially after you see Empire’s numbers especially from season 1 you know these shows have a lot of room to fall and could be in trouble. Both shows won’t last very long when it comes to consistent production in the ratings over the next 3-5 seasons if they make it that far.

    FOX Wednesdays still look like their healthiest night of the week as Lethal Weapon started a lot better than expected but the question with Lethal Weapon is will it become the next Rosewood and do lower numbers and be carried by Empire at 8:30pm every week?

    Survivor is super steady just when you’re ready to count this show out it just proves you wrong over and over again. I don’t expect much to change on CBS Wednesdays this year but there could be even bigger erosion for Criminal Minds this year which will cause problems for Code Black.

    ABC Wednesdays is looking pretty frail out of the gate as it’s already starting to look like the night is going to miss The Middle a lot as The Goldbergs should’ve been in the mid 2s at least and I don’t think Speechless is going to hold up at all. It seems like it could be the next Neighbors in that slot. Modern Family is going to be under the 2s on a regular basis later in the season and that’s when the whole lineup will start to collapse around it.

    NBC Women Crush Wednesday lineup looks like it will also perform the same as last year. I don’t see a huge difference between Laura and Blindspot which is why I’m puzzled at why Laura got cancelled. Honestly NBC should’ve just let the show get to syndication before they pulled the plug on it. We’ll see if Blindspot settles in better when shows like Lethal Weapon and the ABC comedies start dropping around it. SVU started very well in a super tough timeslot but it usually does for the season premieres but this show like Marc said earlier will reach 20 seasons easily.

    The most intriguing race of the week to me is 10pm on Wednesdays because Chicago PD is a steady player that has killed a lot of shows since it’s premiered 3 years ago. I predicted way back in May when ABC first decided to put Designated Survivor in that slot it may be a mistake long-term because there were much better slots available for this promising show. I think DS’ main problem with long-term survival is the fact that the Chicago PD audience doesn’t budge in this slot because it’s a great draw in the female demographic that DS will be chasing. Like Stalker a couple of years ago looked like it could keep CPD in 2nd place for a while but after a couple of months it lost to it. I think DS needed to start out way higher than it did maybe getting How to Get Away with Murder’s premiere numbers from two years ago. If DS has a big amount of viewers who aren’t into keeping up with it by November then this race is going to get interesting. Maggie Q knows how it feels to lose to a Chicago show which are hard to defeat and this will be another challenge for her. My prediction is that if DS starts to slip below the 2s by mid-October, CPD could catch it by November. I expect the MLB Playoffs to bring the numbers down for these shows in October so I’m looking more forward to November at this point for this race. Code Black will be interesting too to see how it fits into this race although it will be in last place easily.

    • You mane a good point, the great comments on Bull remind me of how high Intelligence started before flopping completely.

      Similarly the Lethal Weapon numbers reminds me of how “great” Rosewood started (not that great in the first place but then it got much worse).

      I just can get all excited about shows that barely breach the 10 million viewers line in their well-advertised premieres.

      Of course, it’s better than those instaflops ala Scream Queens.

    • I haven’t seen Designated Survivor yet. I am shocked many showed up because I am sure most are tired of the presidential election already and here we go with a political show Lol

      • LOL! I’m sure people are tired of political shows but there are people in the election mood too. I’m actually more shocked it didn’t do better considering the hype it had I was expecting How to Get Away with Murder premiere numbers from 2014 so this isn’t too good once we get to the following weeks in a tough timeslot.

        • You’re right that it takes a few weeks to see if a show is going to develop, maintain or fall (except when it’s insta-dead – those usually don’t come back).

      • Great point. Watching the trailer, it looked to me like it was going to be more of a thriller. If they get the expectations wrong, it may come back to bite them hard…

        To be fair, this was one of the very few trailers that made the show look like it may be entertaining.

  6. ABC has to be happy Designated Survivor did very well compared to how terrible Nashville has done in that slot for years now coming up dead last. I have it on my list to watch. American Horror Story (which is epic this season by the way) occupies my 10PM hour

    Blindspot is going to do what I thought. It will be the next Revolution. I wish they would have kept Mysteries of Laura.

    • Revolution is a very apt comparison. A well hyped show that did poorly but was defended by ignoring the drop in viewership in the first season.