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‘Second Chance’ on Fox Left at the Starting Gate

Overnight Scorecard: NBC Scores a Rare Wednesday Victory

Metered Market Ratings

NBC: 5.2 rating/9 share, CBS and Fox: 4.8/ 8 each, ABC: 4.2/ 7, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +21, CW: +12, ABC: + 2, CBS: – 6, Fox: -36



“American Idol” (Fox), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “Second Chance” (Fox), “American Crime” ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
NBC, a network with clear momentum at present, led this second Wednesday in January in the household overnights with its older skewing combination of “The Mysteries of Laura” (#2: 4.9 rating/7 share), “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 5.5/ 9) and “Chicago PD” (#1: 5.4/ 9). If NBC really wants to make inroads next season, shifting “The Mysteries of Laura” to Friday would certainly be compatible with “Dateline” and could compete with the CBS dramas.

In series premiere news, Fox drama “Second Chance” was off to a sluggish start with a fourth-place 3.1/ 5 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, this was 58 percent below the 7.3/11 for “Empire” in this time period one year earlier. Overnight retention for “Second Chance” out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” (6.9/11) was only 45 percent. And there was a loss of 12 percent in the second half-hour (3.3/ 5 to 2./9/ 5). Considering most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, you may not want to get too used to “Second Chance.”

Overall, “American Idol” scored a 6.6/11 from 8-9 p.m., which was 15 percent below the 7.8/12 one year earlier.

Elsewhere, CBS finished second overall with its line-up of “2 Broke Girls” (#4: 4.2/ 7), the final season of “Mike & Molly” (#3: 4.5/ 7), “Criminal Minds” (#2: 5.7/ 9) and freshman medical drama “Code Black” (#2: 4.2/ 7), which bested competing “American Crime” on ABC (3.2/ 6) by 31 percent. Comparatively, “American Crime” slipped by six percent from its weak season-opener one week earlier (3.4/ 6), and that translated into only 4.72 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). But ABC loves “American Crime,” and there is every reason to expect a third season.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the 8-10 p.m. sitcom rotation of “The Middle” (#3: 4.8/ 8), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4.0/ 6), which always resonates in adults 18-49, “Modern Family” (#1: 5.8/ 9) and “black-ish” (#3: 4.1/ 6).

The CW capped off the night with encore telecasts of “The Flash” (#5: 0.9/ 1) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.9/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media R

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 ( 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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