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‘Survivor’ Leads CBS to Wednesday Overnight Victory

'black-ish' on ABC and 'Criminal Minds' on CBS Conclude for the Season

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What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 8, ABC and Fox: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CBS: + 5, NBC: -11, ABC: -15, Fox: -32, CW: -36

-Ratings Breakdown:
Unstoppable “Survivor” topped this second Wednesday in May, leading CBS to overnight victory with a 1.1 household rating point advantage over second place ABC and Fox. “Survivor” scored a 5.3 rating/ 9 share in households at 8 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago evening and led into an above-average 5.1/ 8 for the season-finale of “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m. Spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which is not expected back for a third season, closed the evening with a 3.1/ 6 at 10 p.m.

My prediction for next season is for CBS to shift veteran “Criminal Minds” to Wednesday at 10 p.m. out of a new drama. “Survivor,” of course, should remain intact at 8 p.m. The network unveils its scheduling plans next Wednesday at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On Fox, “Empire” scored a second-place 4.6/ 7 at 9 p.m., which built by 100 percent from lead-in “Shots Fired” (#4: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and will result in another Wednesday victory in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). But “Empire” did slip by a significant 32 percent from the 6.8/11 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening.

Over at ABC, “Modern Family,” which just snagged a two-season renewal, finished third at 9 p.m. with a 4.0/ 7. Comparably, that increased by 38 percent from lead-in “Speechless” (#2: 2.9/ 5 at 8:30 p.m.). But it was also 22 percent below the 5.1/ 8 on the year-ago evening.

In season-finale news on ABC was sitcom “black-ish” at a 3.2/ 5 (#3) at 9:30 p.m., which led into a second-place 3.5/ 6 for “Designated Survivor” at 10 p.m., which is a shoo-in for a second season renewal.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was sitcom “The Goldbergs” at a second-place 3.5/ 6 in the 8 p.m. half-hour.

Elsewhere, NBC had nothing unusual to report with its combination of “Blindspot” (#3: 2.6/ 4), “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 3.2/ 5) and “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.1/ 8). And The CW featured “Arrow” (#5: 1.1/ 2) and “The 100” (#5: 0.6/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight results for May 10 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.4/10 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season finale): 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
CW – “The 100”: 067/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “blackish” (season finale): 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
CW – “The 100”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.0/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.1/ 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. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO P.D.” WINS AT 10 P.M. – IT’S THE 15TH STRAIGHT “P.D.” ORIGINAL TO CAPTURE THE WEDNESDAY 10 P.M. HOUR VS. ITS ABC-CBS COMPETITON

    “SVU” GROWS +10% WEEK TO WEEK

    L+3: LAST WEEK’S “SVU” INCREASED BY +75% AFTER JUST THREE DAYS OF TIME-SHIFTING, “P.D.” BY +70% AND “BLINDSPOT” BY +51%

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings:

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Wins the 10 p.m. hour among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas
    in 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure.

    ·
    It’s the 15th straight “P.D.” original to win the 10 p.m. hour versus its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 (L+SD).

    ·
    Retains 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2) and
    99% in total viewers (6.095 million vs. 6.150 million).

    ·
    Is close to rounding up to a 1.3 (currently reporting a 1.24 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    ·
    Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last week’s “P.D.”
    grew by +70% in 18-49 (1.18 to 2.01) and +3.1 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 9.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    “Law & Order: SVU” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Grows +10% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0).

    ·
    Increases +8% versus last week in adults 25-54
    (1.4 vs. 1.3) and grows +38% in men 25-54 (1.1 vs. 0.8).

    ·
    Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last week’s “SVU”
    increased by +75% in 18-49 (1.01 to 1.77) and +2.2 million viewers overall (5.1 million to 7.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens.

    “Blindspot” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Finishes within 0.1 of last week in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.9, which equaled the show’s high since Feb. 8) and retains 93% in total viewers (3.868 million vs. 4.327 million).

    ·
    Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last week’s “Blindspot”
    grew +51% in 18-49 (0.86 to 1.30) and +1.5 million viewers overall (4.2 million to 5.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens.

    ·
    Upscale: “Blindspot” is delivering a strong upscale audience,
    indexing at a 119 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    ·
    In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.1/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.4/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/5.

    ·
    In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/4; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    ·
    From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    ·
    From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET,
    ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.3/5 in metered-market
    households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local
    People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49;
    “Late Late Show,” 0.2/1.

    ·
    At 1:35 a.m.,
    “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market
    households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local
    people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data
    from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless
    otherwise indicated.

  2. FROM CBS

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    THE SEASON FINALE OF “CRIMINAL MINDS”
    DELIVERS IT LARGEST AUDIENCE SINCE OCT.

    “Survivor” Remains Wednesday’s #1 Program in Viewers

    CBS Wins the Night in Viewers and A25-54

    · At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (8.16m), A18-49 (1.7) and A25-54 (2.4). SURVIVOR was Wednesday’s #1 program in viewers for the 10th consecutive week.

    · At 9:00 PM, the season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (7.98m, up +8%) and averaged 1.5 in A18-49 (nc) and 2.1 in A25-54 (up +5%). CRIMINAL MINDS delivered its largest audience since Oct. 12.

    · At 10:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS averaged 4.87m, 0.8 in A18-49 and 1.2 in A25-54.

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (7.00m), A25-54 (1.9) and second in A18-49 (1.4).

    • Criminal Minds has been a favorite since its beginning, but with the loss of Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson, my love of the show has begun to subside even as much as I really like Joe Montegna and the addition of Adam Rodriguez. Something about Damon Gupton’s voice (actually it’s his cadence) just turns me off. I hope I can get back into it. I don’t want to give up on one of my faves through the years.

  3. This is LOL material on ABC’s end that their comedies were on the low end last night after making the stupid cancellation of Last Man Standing. After that dumb decision I hope this is a sign of things to come for their comedies in the next couple of years as Modern Family and The Middle are on their last legs and won’t be able to save the duds around them any longer.

    Hopefully FOX or another network can snag LMS and shove it in ABC’s face.