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‘Survivor’ Leads CBS to Wednesday Overnight Victory

Fox the Network to Beat in Adults 18-49 Despite Ongoing Erosion for 'Empire'

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, April 5, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.2/ 7, Fox: 3.7/ 6, ABC and NBC: 3.6/ 6 each, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +33, ABC and CBS: -10 each, Fox: -50, CW: -66

-Ratings Breakdown:
Veteran “Survivor” topped the Wednesday overnights, with a 5.2 rating/9 share in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was right on par with both the week-ago and year-ago telecasts. In other words, this 17-year old franchise could live on for years!

Next on CBS were two on the fence dramas: “Criminal Minds” (#2: 4.4/ 7) and spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (#3: 3.0/ 5) from 9-11 p.m. Of the two, “Criminal Minds” is more likely to return next season. For a look at other on the fence TV series at present, click here

“Empire” on Fox remains a draw for the network, with a dominant 4.6/ 8 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, however, this was down by a noticeable 39 percent from the 7.6/12 on the year-ago evening. But this was still an improvement of 70 percent out of lead-in “Shots Fired” (#4: 2.7/ 5 at 8 p.m.).

Elsewhere, the top performer on NBC was “Chicago PD” with a 4.4/ 8 at 10 p.m., which bested competing “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#2: 3.7/ 7) and aforementioned “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” on CBS (#3: 3.0/ 5) by 19 and 47 percent, respectively.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Blindspot” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 3.3/ 6) at typical overnight levels from 8-10 p.m. ABC’s competing sitcom block – “The Goldbergs” (#2: 3.8/ 7), “Speechless” (#2: 3.2/ 5), “Modern Family” (#3: 4.3/ 7) and “black-ish” (#4: 3.1/ 5) – was also on par with normal overnight levels.

The CW capped off the evening with encore telecasts of “Arrow” (#5: 0.6/ 1) and “Whose Line is it anyway?” (two episodes – avg. 0.4/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for April 5 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.7/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.6/ 1

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Blindspot”: 2.8/ 5 (#3t)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.8/ 5 (#3t)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.3/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.3/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.5/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 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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