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NBC Tops Wednesday Overnights; ‘Survivor’ Return on CBS Solid

Only NBC on the Plus Side Year to Year

WEDNESDAY 2/17/16

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 4.9 rating/8 share, CBS and Fox: 4.4/ 7 each, ABC: 3.9/ 6, CW: 1.5/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:

NBC: +17, CW: + 7, ABC: -13, CBS: -23, Fox: -46

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Ratings Breakdown:

Improved NBC led the Wednesday household overnights, besting No. 2 CBS and Fox by 0.5 rating points. Sophomore “The Mysteries of Laura,” which could be an option for the 50+ crowd on Friday next season, opened with a fourth-place 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m., followed by dominant overnights for veteran “Law & Order: SVU” (5.4/ 9), which at this point could end up running longer than 20-season parent “Law & Order,” and sophomore “Chicago PD” (5.0/ 9) from 9-11 p.m.

In season-premiere news, the 32nd edition of “Survivor” on CBS was on the map with a second-place 5.1/ 8 in the household overnights from 8-9:30 p.m., which was nine percent below the year-ago midseason opener (5.6/ 9 on 2/25/15). Comparably, that 5.6 rating in the overnights translated into 10.04 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

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Next on CBS was an encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.), followed by freshman medical drama “Code Black,” which tried to theme itself “The Walking Dead” last night, at a second-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m.

Fox featured “American Idol” at a time period winning 6.0/ 9 from 8-9 p.m., followed by “Hell’s Kitchen” at a 2.9/ 4 at 9 p.m., which slipped by 52 percent.

Elsewhere, ABC has nothing unusual to report with its Wednesday line-up of sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 4.8/ 8), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4.2/ 7), “Modern Family” (#1: 5.4/ 8) and “black-ish” (#2: 4.0/ 6), and sophomore drama “American Crime” (#3: 2.5/ 4). And The CW featured “Arrow” (#5: 1.8/ 7) into veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 1.3/ 2), which declined by 28 percent.

Since “American Crime” was a favorite of now ousted ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, a third season is now suddenly a question mark.

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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    • Let’s see (in order of day):

      Surpergirl, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom, The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary

      Question marks:
      COde Black, 2 Broke Girls, Elementary, CSI: Cyber

      • I wonder if they will keep Life in Pieces in its cushioned spot or move it. And, if they do move it, I wonder if it will go the way of The Millers and tank completely.

        I hope Elementary comes back although I fully recognize that the ratings probably don’t justify it.

        I don’t think that there is any chance CSI Cyber returns.

        • I agree on CSI: Cyber. And if CBS moves Life in Pieces away from BBT (and they should), it will be kaput. As for Elementary, that show survives via the DVR usage, which is good. But it is time to let it go. Too many of the CBS dramas are getting tired.

  1. Hi, Marc. I’m glad to see Hawaii Five-O on your list because I really enjoy that program, and every year it seems to be in danger of cancellation. On the other hand, I think it’s time to say goodbye to the 2 Broke Girls. I have never liked that show because it’s so unbelievably vulgar, and the fact that it has lasted this long is a mystery to me.

    • I tried over and over to like 2 Broke Girls, but it has never progressed. These characters are the same as they were in the pilot and the show is a complete waste. I am done with her.

      • Yeah.. that’s kind of surprising because typically, Chuck Lorre shows find ways to change things up more with the characters. Tired as the show is, I give more leniency to multi-camera “filmed live” sitcoms because I love the forum so much and sad it’s falling by the wayside despite the success of Big Bang Theory.

        • I absolutely agree. I much prefer multi-cams over single-cams. Modern Family has been the only single that I have truly enjoyed. The Office to a lesser extent.

            • It is truly a one-joke show. And I cannot stand the acting style of the brunette on there. She does that “make a joke and smirk until she gets a laugh” kind of acting.

            • Two Broke Girls has Chuck Lorre listed as Executive Producer… and every article I read about it refers to it as one of his shows, although it was created by the 2 mentioned above.

      • Good news, thanks. I think they have done a good job of character development, and now that McGarrett’s ex-girlfriend is off the show, there’s not one character that I don’t like.

  2. I’m worried about American Crime. This season is even better than last season’s yet the ratings do not seem good. Any lift from DVR usage, 18-49 year olds, etc., that could keep it around another year?

    • I would not worry Tim. Given the critical accolades, I don’t think ABC will cancel American Crime. But I do think it is time for Nashville to call it quits. Four seasons is enough.

  3. I loved Survivor last night….the worm in the ear was ugly and I was yelling at the tv saying “how dumb are you, call the medic”

    Hated tribal…you got rid of the wrong person…you kept someone who isn’t as trustworthy and alienated an ally all at once….nice job dopes

    • Definitely not one of the better groups/concepts. They’ve done it before, and I don’t see anything terribly exciting about this cast. Prediction – it will not go down in history as one of the better seasons.

  4. Didn’t know where to put this but since you’re talking about certain shows, I see that the original X-Files will be back on MyNetwork this fall and you said that the current series would be expected to be picked up, have you heard anything about whether Gillian Anderson is going do extend her contract?

    • No yet Howard, but I am certain she will. The question is, though, how many episodes they will do next season.

      • I’m not so sure. While Gillian’s career in North America isn’t as “hot” as it might be, she’s quite active in Britain. Her series there “The Fall” is into its third season, she did “War & Peace” for the BBC, is working on a couple of movie projects, and incidentally is playing Blanche in a revival of “Streetcar Named Desire” in Brooklyn. So I suspect that if she does a second season of “X-Files” is largely dependent on them making it another short run production (and how big the truck bringing the money is).