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Updated Wednesday Ratings: ‘Doubt’ DOA on CBS

Katherine Heigl Legal Drama Unlikely to Stay Afloat for Very Long

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 5.99 million, NBC: 5.67, Fox: 5.22, ABC: 5.19, CW: 1.37

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.4 rating/5 share, Fox: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 5, CBS: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.46 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Hunted
Viewers: 5.58 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.58 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.23 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 1.74 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 5.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Hunted
Viewers: 5.16 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.04 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.39 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 1.60 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 6.85 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.27 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.78 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.22 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.15 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 5.32 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1t)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.38 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1t)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.06 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 982,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC –The Match Game
Viewers: 3.61 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

CBS – Doubt (series premiere)
Viewers: 5.55 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.62 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC –The Match Game
Viewers: 3.37 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

CBS – Doubt (series premiere)
Viewers: 5.03 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.46 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#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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  • FROM ABC
    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.2 million and 1.4/5 in AD18-49): ABC won its 2nd straight Wednesday over all-original competition (including CBS’ 10pm series debut of Doubt) among Adults 18-49 (1.4/5), beating out Fox by 8% (1.3/5), NBC by 17% (1.2/5) and CBS by 27% (1.1/4). ABC qualified as the #1 net for the 5th time in the 7 Wednesdays of 2017.

    · ABC’s 2-hour comedy block led by 31% from 8-10pm in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6) over runner-up Fox (1.3/5) and produced Wednesday’s top TV shows in the key young adult sales demo: Modern Family (2.0/7) – #1, The Goldbergs (1.8/7) – #2, while Speechless (1.5/6) and black-ish (1.5/5) tied at #3.

    · At 10pm, ABC’s Match Game beat CBS’ series debut of Doubt in the hour among Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3) and held steady week to week.

  • FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO P.D.” IS CURRENTLY SWEEPING THE 10 P.M. HOUR AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN EVERY KEY MEASURE, TOPPING THE DEBUT OF CBS’ “DOUBT”

    “BLINDSPOT” IS CURRENTLY RETAINING 100% OF LAST WEEK’S FAST-AFFIL 0.9 IN 18-49, “SVU” HOLDS 94% OF LAST WEEK’S 400TH EPISODE

    L+7: “BLINDSPOT” IS GROWING BY +72% THIS SEASON, “SVU” BY +75% AND “CHICAGO P.D.” BY +72% GOING FROM L+SD TO L+7

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings:

    The NBC station in Portland carried NBA basketball and the Raleigh station carried college basketball.

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    Is currently winning the 10 p.m. hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in all key demographics plus total viewers versus CBS’ premiere of “Doubt,” pending updates.
    Is currently retaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3) and is up +4% in total viewers (6.542 million vs. 6.265 million).
    Is currently capturing a +44% margin of victory among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period in adults 18-49 (1.3 vs. 0.9 for ABC’s “The Match Game”).
    Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +72% in 18-49 rating so far this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.40 to a 2.41) and +3.6 million viewers overall (6.3 million to 9.9 million).

    “Law & Order: SVU” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    Is currently retaining 94% of last week’s 18-49 rating for the show’s 400th episode (1.5 vs. 1.6), which was its top-rated telecast since Sept. 28.
    · Currently ranks #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 nets in adults 18-49 and total viewers and is tied for #1 in women 18-34, pending updates.
    · Increases half-hour to half-hour in every key measure, including gains of +7% in adults 18-49 (1.4 to 1.5), +11% in adults 25-54 (1.9 to 2.1) and +13% in women 25-54 (2.3 to 2.6).
    Is currently growing to a tie for #1 for its second half-hour from 9:30 to 10 p.m. in adults 18-49.
    Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “SVU” has grown by +75% so far this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.47 to a 2.57) and more than +3.0 million viewers overall (6.1 million to 9.2 million).

    “Blindspot” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    Is currently retaining 100% of last week’s 0.9 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings in 18-49 and 90% of last week’s 1.0 in official nationals, pending updates.
    · In total viewers, is retaining 94% of last week’s 4.597 million in fast affils and 93% of last week’s 4.641 million in official nationals.
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Blindspot” has increased by +72% so far this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.16 to a 2.00) and more than +2.7 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 8.2 million).
    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 120 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.1/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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.

    • Garebelman

      Marc, last night was Arrow not the Flash. I noticed you said the Flash in your ovenright commentary as well.

      • renamoretti1

        Thanks for the correction. 🙂

  • FROM CBS

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “CRIMINAL MINDS” POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK
    GROWTH IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54
    AND IS THE NIGHT’S MOST WATCHED BROADCAST

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Places First in
    The Overnight Markets for the Fourth Straight Night

    “The Late Show” Up +10% in Viewers and +20% in A18-49 From a Year Ago

    · At 8:00 PM, HUNTED averaged 5.37m, 1.2 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.7 in A25-54 (nc).

    · At 9:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (7.32m, up +9% from 6.70m) and averaged 1.3 in A18-49 (+8% from 1.2) and 1.8 in A25-54 (+6% from 1.7). CRIMINAL MINDS was Wednesday’s most watched broadcast.

    · At 10:00 PM, the series premiere of DOUBT averaged 5.29m, 0.8 in A18-49 and 1.1 in A25-54. With 7-day viewing, DOUBT is projected to grow +54% in viewers (to 8.15m) and +67% in A18-49 (to 1.3).

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (6.00m).

  • Percy

    Arrow was on last night, not The Flash.

  • Garebelman

    Criminal Minds use to easily beat SVU. Looks like the tide has changed. Blindspot is a weakness this on night. I still think NBC should be bold and put This is Us in the Wednesday at 8PM slot. It would easily beat the Goldbergs and fix this hour. Perhaps a new show at 9PM and Chicago PD at 10PM. Perhaps move SVU to Thursday at 10PM .

    Blindspot /may/ stick around. NBC may opt it for Friday with Blacklist or something of that nature. While not perfect, NBC is in better shape than FOX and ABC that’s for sure.

    The Heigl curse strikes again Lol. I haven’t liked her in anything since Roswell and that was in the old WB days! I wonder if this will motivate CBS to keep Code Black? I guess we’ll see. I rank Code Black as 50/50 for renewal.

    • renamoretti1

      Totally agree with you on Heigl. She’s terrible and audiences don’t like her acting. Hollywood keeps venerating her like she’s a big star…

      Criminal Minds STILL beat SVU (and Modern Family).

      Overall audience tells the real story.

  • renamoretti1

    How many times will viewers have to reject Katherine Heigl for Hollywood to stop shoving money and lead roles her way?

    She ruined an other wise stellar cast that may have made a good show without her…