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Overnight Scorecard: CBS Tops Second Wednesday of the New TV Season

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, October 4, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.8/ 8, Fox: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 3.5/ 6, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Opening Wednesday (9/21/16):
CBS: + 2, NBC: – 2, Fox: -23, ABC: -25, CW: -50

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped the household overnights on this second Wednesday of the new television season, besting No. 2 Fox by seven-tenths of a rating point. But the home of “Empire” is a lock for dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key demographics). While “Empire,” now at 8 p.m. ET, is on the year-to-year downside at a 4.6 rating/8 share in the household overnights (-26 percent to be exact), it has given a boost to compatible lead-out “Star” (#4: 3.5/ 6). Retention for “Star” out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Empire” (4.7/ 8) was very respectable at 74 percent.

In week two news, CBS military drama “SEAL Team” fits like a glove, with a dominant 5.3/ 9 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was 13 percent below its 6.1/10 debut one week earlier (most new shows drop 10 to 20 percent in week two), it was the top-rated series of the night, and it beat competing “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#3: 3.8/ 6) by 39 percent. “SEAL Team” was also 8 percent above year-go time period occupant “Criminal Minds” (4.9/ 8 on 10/05/16). While “SEAL Team,” of course, will skew older, never discount the buying power of a viewer over age 50. This looks very promising, BH!

At 10 p.m. on CBS was relocated “Criminal Minds” at a dominant (but diluted) 4.1/ 7, which outdelivered competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (#2: 3.9/ 7) and “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#3: 3.3/ 6) by 5 and 24 percent, respectively. “Designated Survivor,” in particular, was down by a hefty 38 percent in the year-to-year in the household overnights.

At 8 p.m. on CBS was the amazingly consistent “Survivor,” now in its 35th edition, at a dominant 5.1/ 8 in the 8 p.m. hour. This is a show that can outlive us all! Competing on NBC was relocated “The Blacklist” at a third-place 3.9/ 6, which was a slight improvement over year-ago time period occupant “Blindspot.”

Over at ABC, the 8-10 p.m. sitcom rotation – “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.8/ 7), “Speechless” (#4: 3.0/ 5), “Modern Family” (#2: 4.5/ 7) and relocated “American Housewife” (#4: 3.1/ 5) – was on the noticeable year-to-year downside. But certainly don’t rule out “The Goldbergs” or “Modern Family,” which still resonate in the key demo groups.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, October 4 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.8/ 7 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Masters of Illusion” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 3.5/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Masters of Illusion” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)

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 ( 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. Survivor may definitely outlast us all, I actually think Survivor, DWTS, and The Voice/Idol can outlive us all. In the poll though I voted for Dancing with the Stars because I’m still watching that religiously every week. I stopped watching Survivor some years ago and The Voice I’m on and off with it but I definitely passed on it this year because I knew Idol was coming back later in the year and I always liked Idol better because they focus on the contestants more than The Voice does.

  2. SEAL Team surprisingly holding up nicely here. People only watch FOX on Wednesdays and ABC’s comedy block is looking more like Tuesday’s these days they need Roseanne in a hurry to save the day. The Blacklist is doing better than expected but they still need something stronger which is why I liked a suggestion from another site yesterday about letting Chicago PD get a run behind This Is Us for a few weeks. Criminal Minds is doing poorly in my opinion in its new slot dropping a lot from SEAL Team.

    • The Blacklist puts up huge DVR numbers so that is probably a plus for NBC. Blindspot never put up the numbers it puts in Live plus 7. Will be curious how they look when they start showing them.

      I am enjoying the Blacklist this season.

      • That’s probably more than likely one of the reasons why The Blacklist has lasted all of these years plus syndication as well and your right Blindspot never got the delayed viewing results which was why it was nearly cancelled and just shipped off to Fridays. When the numbers come out it will be interesting for Live +7. So far The Blacklist is doing better than expected though.

  3. Designated Survivor’s future looks bleak for season 3 at this rate. It’s not competitive with PD or CM in the hour. Distant third. There is a number of changes they made this season too.