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‘Doubt’ Left at the Starting Gate on CBS

Katherine Heigl Legal Drama Opens Below Former Time Period Occupant 'Code Black'

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.9/ 7, NBC: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 3.5/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: -10, CBS: -11, Fox: -18, NBC: -24, CW: -40

-Ratings Breakdown:
Only four-tenths of an overnight household rating point separated the Big 4 networks, with CBS leading on this third Wednesday in February. But the debut of 10 p.m. legal drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, was left at the starting gate with a second place 3.6 rating/7 share in households. Comparably, this was 10 percent below both the week-ago and year-ago performance for former time period occupant “Code Black,” which translated last week into 6.07 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. “Doubt” trailed NBC’s competing “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.3/ 7) by 16 percent. And the overnight retention out of lead-in “Criminal Minds” (#1: 4.8/ 8 from 9-10 p.m.) was just 75 percent.

Considering most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in the second week overnights, consider this a particularly weak opening for “Doubt.”

Earlier in the evening on CBS was Wednesday 8 p.m. time period filler “Hunted” at a third-place 3.3/ 6 in the hour. Tops in the 8 p.m. hour was freshman “Lethal Weapon” on Fox (4.2/ 7), which is a shoo-in for a second season renewal, followed by ABC comedies “The Goldbergs” (4.2/ 7) and freshman “Speechless” (3.5/ 6).

The remainder of ABC’s evening – “Modern Family” (#2: 4.7/ 8), “black-ish” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “The Match Game” (#3: 2.5/ 4) from 9-11 p.m. – was on par with recent household overnight levels. “The Match Game” is better suited for the summer, no doubt, than in midseason.

Elsewhere, NBC had nothing unusual to report with dramas “Blindside” (#4: 2.8/ 5), “Law & Order: SVU” (#2t: 4.1/ 7) and aforementioned “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.3/ 8). “Star” on Fox (#4: 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m.) cannot compared to the regularly scheduled “Empire,” which returns on March 22. And The CW was below average with its pairing of “The Flash” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and recent return “The 100” (#5: 0.7/ 1), which is not worthy of another season.
What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Feb. 15 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.2/ 7 (#1t)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.2/ 7 (#1t)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Doubt” (series premiere): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Doubt” (series premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

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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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  • mushu_jj

    All I have to say about Doubt is hahahahahahahahaha. Katherine Heigl is a joke.

  • Hello Larry

    Katherine Heigl can’t lead anything who keeps hiring her to lead dramas? It might be seriously time for Katherine Heigl to give Grey’s Anatomy a call and return there. I can make a case for CBS that they minus well just keep Code Black on next season.

    • renamoretti1

      That’s my question.

      In my view it’s another example of the way Hollywood keeps hiring within the same little, generally untalented group of people who keep making flops.

      As long as they keep hiring the Heigls of the world, they’ll keep failing.

  • Shonda Rhimes won.

  • Garebelman

    Seems like Heigl is turning in to the kiss of death for TV shows. I haven’t liked anything she has been in that much since Roswell!