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‘SEAL Team’ Launch Leads CBS to Opening Wednesday Overnight Victory

The ABC Sitcoms, ABC's 'Designated Survivor' and 'Law & Order: SVU' on NBC All on the Downside

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, September 27, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.2/ 9, Fox: 4.8/ 8, NBC: 4.0/ 7, ABC: 3.9/ 7, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Opening Wednesday (9/21/16):

CBS: + 8, NBC: -13, Fox: -23, ABC: -33, CW: -44

-Ratings Breakdown:
The launch of CBS military drama “SEAL Team” topped this first Wednesday of the 2017-18 TV season, leading the Eye net to overnight household victory. But the home of “Empire,” Fox, is the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).

“SEAL Team” opened with a 6.2 rating/10 share in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m., building from the season premiere of “Survivor” (edition #35: #2: 5.1/ 8 at 8 p.m.) by an impressive 22 percent. Comparably, “SEAL Team” outdelivered the 19th season premiere of NBC’s competing “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 3.8/ 6) by 63 percent, and this is a notable improvement over year-ago time period occupant “Criminal Minds.” Consider this a stellar beginning for “SEAL Team.” Still solid “Survivor,” meanwhile, was 11 percent below the 5.7/ 9 year-ago opener.

“Criminal Minds,” meanwhile, opened its new season, now at 10 p.m. ET, with a dominant 4.5/ 8. Comparably, that bested the season premiere episodes of competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (#2: 4.0/ 7) and “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#3: 3.8/ 7) by 12 percent and 18 percent, respectively. “Designated Survivor” of note, and this is not positive, was 47 percent below the 7.2/12 for its year-ago launch (on 9/21/16).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was the season premiere of relocated “The Blacklist” at a third-place 4.3/ 7, which was equal to opening overnight levels for former time period occupant “Blindspot.”

On Fox, relocated “Empire” topped the 8 p.m. hour with a 5.5/ 9 in the household overnights, which was 24 percent below the 7.2/11 opener in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour last season. But this will certainly dominate the 8 p.m. hour in all key demos, and it gave a boost to the second season premiere of compatible “Star,” which scored a third-place 4.1/ 9 at 9 p.m.

In the ABC sitcom department, erosion was the noticeable observation in the 8 to 10 p.m. block care of season premiere episodes of “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4.0/ 7), “Speechless” (#4: 3.2/ 5), “Modern Family” (#2: 4.8/ 8) and relocated “American Housewife” (#4: 3.6/ 6). Comparably, “American Housewife” slipped by 20 percent from the 4.5/ 7 for season-opening levels for year-ago time period occupant “black-ish” (4.5/ 7 on 9/21/16).

The CW ducked the competition with encore telecasts of “The Flash” (#5: 0.6/ 1) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, September 27 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (season premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor” (season premiere): 5.2/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (season premiere): 4.4/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire” (season premiere): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (season premiere): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor” (season premiere): 5.0/ 8)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (season premiere): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire” (season premiere): 5.6/ 9 (#1)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (season premiere): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “SEAL Team” (series premiere): 6.2/10 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season premiere): 3.8/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Star” (season premiere): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (season premiere): 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team” (series premiere): 6./10 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (season premiere): 3.8/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star” (season premiere): 3.9/ 6 (#2)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor” (season premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#2t)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season premiere): 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (season premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#2t)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor” (season premiere): 3.6/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season premiere): 4.4/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (season premiere): 4.0/ 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 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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