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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Reaches the 400 Episode Milestone

'Code Black' on CBS Concludes for the Season - Or Series

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, February 8, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.0/ 7, CBS: 3.9/ 6, Fox: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 3.5/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: -10, CBS: -19, NBC: -20, Fox: -25, CW: -33

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s veteran “Law & Order: SVU” reached 400 episodes last night with an overnight victory over CBS’ competing “Criminal Minds.” “SVU” scored a 4.7 rating/7 share in households at 9 p.m., which was seven percent above the 4.4/ 7 for “Criminal Minds” and 57 percent above the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Blindspot” (3.0/ 5).

At 400 episodes, “SVU” is now 56 episodes short of parent “Law & Order,” which aired from 1990 to 2010 and is tied with “Gunsmoke” as the longest running scripted drama in the history of television. Given the consistency this season, there is every reason to believe that “SVU” will surpass “Law & Order.” Congratulations Dick Wolf!

“Law & Order: SVU” led into a dominant 4.3/ 7 for “Chicago PD” at 10 p.m., which bested competing “Code Black” on CBS (#2: 4.0/ 7) and “The Match Game” on ABC (#3: 2.6/ 4) by 7 percent and 65 percent, respectively. “Code Black,” which will be replaced by new drama “Doubt” next week, was either the season or series finale. At this point, the prognosis for “Code Black” to return is really 50/50.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Blindspot” at a 3.2/ 6 in the 8 p.m., which trailed year-ago time period occupant “The Mysteries of Laura” (4.4/ 7 on 2/10/16) by 27 percent.

Also on CBS last night was recently introduced reality/competition “Hunted” at a third-place 3.4/ 5 at 8 p.m.

Over at ABC, “Modern Family” continues to win the 9 p.m. half hour, but a 4.8/ 8 in the household overnights was 13 percent below the 5.5/ 9 one year earlier. Alphabet net sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#2” 4.1/ 7) and “Speechless” (#2: 3.5/ 6) were at typical overnight levels, while “black-ish” at 9:30 p.m. (#3: 3.7/ 7) held 77 percent of its “Modern Family” lead-in.

Elsewhere, solid “Lethal Weapon” on Fox won the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.3/ 7, which was still 34 percent below the 6.5/11 for “American Idol” on the year-ago evening. And it led into a modest 2.9/ 5 for “Star” at 9 p.m., which slipped by 33 percent. “Empire” returns in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour on March 22.

On The CW, recent returnee “The 100” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 9 p.m.) dropped by 38 percent from lead-in “Arrow” (#5: 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Feb. 8 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.4/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 100”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 4.0/ 7 (season or series finale)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.9/ 7 (season or series finale)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by 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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  • Louis

    Bring back Mysteries of Laura! 🙂

    • Hello Larry

      I agree they should’ve kept it as the Wednesday lineup was performing much better when it was leading off. Lesson learned from NBC in the future to not ditch their highly viewed old-skewing dramas.

      • Louis

        I agree completely. I don’t know how expensive Laura was or if it had any international interest…so maybe those two things played a role in the decision.

      • Garebelman

        I advocated that show to be on Friday which of course never happened. Now it may wind up being the Blacklist and Blindspot on Friday now. I believe This is Us should occupy Wednesday at 8PM and push SVU to a 10PM slot (like Thursday)

    • Garebelman

      I loved that show but I think it would be wise for NBC to put “This is Us” Wednesday at 8PM in the Fall. It would beat the competition.

  • Hello Larry

    Congratulations to SVU on hitting 400 episodes I also have no doubt that SVU will surpass L&O as I think that gives the show another 3 seasons at least until it accomplishes that milestone. I can see Chicago PD hitting some milestones like that themselves in the future. Enjoyed last night’s episode a lot over at Brady’s with the problematic teenage girls. LOL!