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Respectable Overnight Results for ‘Dirty Dancing’ on ABC

'Survivor' on CBS, 'Law & Order: SVU' on NBC, 'Empire' on Fox, and The CW's 'Arrow' and 'The 100' End Their Seasons

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, May 24, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.5/ 8, Fox: 3.9/ 7, NBC: 3.7/ 7, CW: 0.4/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +56, ABC: +55, CBS: +24, NBC: -10, CW: -40

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was no blockbuster by any means, but ABC’s three-hour made-for television movie revival of “Dirty Dancing” scored a respectable 4.5 rating/8 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. Comparably, the household rating for “Dirty Dancing” fluctuated by only three-tenths of a rating point in the six half-hours, meaning the audience was engaged with the content, no doubt. And this was an improvement of 29 percent, on average, over the week-ago combination of “The Goldbergs,” “Speechless,” “Modern Family,” Downward Dog” and “Designated Survivor.”

On CBS, the successful “Game Changers” season concluded with a solid 5.0/ 9 in the household overnights from approximately 8-10:14 p.m., leading into a 3.5/ 6 for the live reunion show in the 10 p.m. hour. While I will not reveal the winner for anyone who may have not seen the episode yet, the right person did indeed walk about with the $1 million.

NBC featured the two-hour season-finale of granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU,” which averaged a 4.2/ 7 from 9-11 p.m. Next season will mark season 19 for “SVU,” which at this point could easily surpass “Gunsmoke” and parent “Law & Order: SVU” as the longest running scripted drama in the history of television.

A repeat installment of “Law & Order: VU” opened the night for NBC with a 2.7/ 5 (#3) in the 8 p.m. hour.

In series-finale news, Fox limited drama “Shots Fired” concluded with a modest 2.6/ 5 at 8 p.m. And that led into a 5.0/ 8 for the third season-finale of “Empire” at 9 p.m., which built by 92 percent. “Arrow” on The CW, meanwhile, scored a 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m. into a 0.6/ 1 for “The 100” at 9 p.m., which is slated to return in 2017-18 in midseason. Both were season-enders.

What follows are the household overnight results for May 24 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers” (season finale): 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (repeat): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Shots Fired” (series finale): 2.5/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (season finale): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.4/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers” (season finale): 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (repeat): 2.8/ 5 (#3T)
Fox – “Shots Fired” (series finale): 2.8/ 5 (#3T)
CW – “Arrow” (season finale): 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.5/ 8 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers” (season finale): 5.0/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#4)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 4.9/ 8 (#2)
CW – “The 100” (season finale): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.4/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers” (season finale): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season finale): 4.1/ 7 (#4)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 5.2/ 9 (#1)
CW – “The 100” (season finale): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.3/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers” (season finale): 4.7/ 8 (#1) / “Survivor” Reunion: 3.9/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season finale): 4.5/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie – “Dirty Dancing”: 4.6/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Survivor” Reunion: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season finale): 4.4/ 8 (#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 (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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