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Respectable Opening Overnights for ‘Shots Fired’ on Fox

'Survivor' on CBS Features an Unusual Tribal Council

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 4.5/ 8, CBS: 4.3/ 7, NBC: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +73, NBC: -10, CBS: -27, ABC: -29, CW: -36

Ratings Breakdown:

Fox moved into the Wednesday overnight winner’s circle thanks to the return of “Empire,” which topped the evening with a 5.5 rating/7 share in households from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 57 percent above the series-premiere of drama “Shots Fired,” which finished second in the 8 p.m. hour with a 3.5/ 6. Comparably, “Shots Fired” opened 30 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood” (2.7/ 5 on 3/23/16), and it was just eight percent below the season-finale of “Lethal Weapon” one week earlier (3.8/ 6). But since most new series do normally drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider this only a respectable opening for “Shots Fired.”

Tops at 8 p.m. was CBS’ “Survivor: Game Changers,” which scored a 5.1/ 9 in the household overnights and featured one of the most unusual tribal councils in the history of this addictive reality/competition.For a look, click here http://programminginsider.com/instant-replays/survivor-game-changers-ridiculous-tribal-council-history-tribal-councils/

Also in 8 p.m. hour was NBC’s “Blindspot” (#3: 2.9/ 5), which was equal to its most recent household rating despite taking a four week break, repeats of ABC sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.0/ 5) and “Speechless” (##: 2.8/ 5), and “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.1/ 2).

At 9 p.m., and following aforementioned “Empire,” was veteran “Criminal Minds” at a second-place 4.6/ 8 at 9 p.m. Next was another granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 3.4/ 6), which at this point could surpass parent “Law & Order” in longevity, followed by repeats of ABC’s “Modern Family” (#4: 2.7/ 4) and “black-ish” (#4: 2.2/ 4), and already renewed “The 100” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1).

NBC moved into first place at 10 p.m. care of “Chicago PD” at a 4.3/ 8, which built from lead-in “Law & Order” by 23 percent. Second was ABC’s “Designated Survivor” (3.8/ 7), which did not benefit from its three month hiatus, followed by sophomore “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” at a 3.1/ 5.

What follows are the household overnight results for March 22 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Shots Fired” (series premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Shots Fired” (series premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire” (return): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
CW – “The 100” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire” (return): 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CW – “The 100” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.6/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.0/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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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  1. Now that the audience numbers are in, I have to disagree. This was a bad premiere and unless there’s a massive improvement in coming weeks, FOX has yet another flop on its hands.