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What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Wednesday, February 24 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 8.10 million, NBC: 6.73, Fox: 6.63, ABC: 5.82, CW: 2.29

-Adults 18-49:
ABC, CBS and Fox: 1.7 rating/6 share each, NBC: 1.4/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 3

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 7.28 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2t)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2t)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.67 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.81 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.72 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.40 million (#4), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.69 million (#2), A18-49: 12.1/ 7 (#1t)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.02 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1t)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.63 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 8.01 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.76 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.50 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 4.71 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.98 million (#5), A18-49: 10.7/ 2 (#5))

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 6.20 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.86 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.61 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.98 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.83 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5))

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black (season or series finale)
Viewers: 7.12 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.92 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.33 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black (season or series finale)
Viewers: 6.70 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.00 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

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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  1. FROM ABC

    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.8 million and 1.7/6 in AD18-49): ABC ranked #1 on Wednesday for the 3rd week running in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6 – tied w/CBS and Fox). In fact the Net finished #1 on the first 3 Wednesdays of the February sweep for the first time in 20 years – since Feb 1996. ABC’s Wednesday lineup gained 6% week to week with young adults.

    · ABC’s Modern Family (2.5/8) once again outdelivered Fox’s American Idol (+19% – 2.1/7) and CBS’ Survivor (+25% – 2.0/7) on the night to stand as Wednesday’s #1 TV show for its 4th consecutive original in Adults 18-49.

    The Middle/The Goldbergs (8-9pm – 6.8 million and 1.9/6 in AD18-49): Steady week to week from 8-9pm, ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs (1.9/6) ran neck-and-neck in the hour with CBS’ Survivor (2.0/7) and Fox’s American Idol (2.1/7), while outdelivering its scripted competition by 90% on NBC (1.0/4 for The Mysteries of Laura).

    Modern Family/black-ish (9-10pm – 7.1 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): ABC took first place in the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, leading by 22% over its closest competition (2.2/7 vs. 1.8/6 – CBS’ Criminal Minds). In addition, ABC’s comedies towered over Fox’s Idol-fueled Hell’s Kitchen in the hour (+69% – 2.2/7 vs. 1.3/4).

    · At 9pm, Modern Family was up week to week in Total Viewers (+7%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%), drawing its largest overall audience in 5 weeks – since 1/13/16. In the 9:30pm half-hour, black-ish grew week to week in Total Viewers (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%), posting its best results since mid-January – since 1/6/16 and 1/13/16, respectively.

    American Crime (10-11pm – 3.5 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s American Crime rose week to week in Live + Same Day Total Viewers (+9% – 3.5 million vs. 3.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3) to its biggest overall audience in 3 weeks – since 2/3/16. Increasing TV Playback: In the most recent round of L+7 data (w/o 2/1/16), ABC’s American Crime nearly doubled (+88%) its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating (0.8 to 1.5 in L+7) to deliver an all-time playback high.

  2. FROM CBS

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “SURVIVOR” IMPROVES ON LAST WEEK’S PREMIERE IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

    THE SEASON FINALE OF “CODE BLACK” JUMPS +20% IN A18-49

    AND ALSO GROWS IN VIEWERS AND A25-54

    “CRIMINAL MINDS” IS THE NIGHT’S TOP SCRIPTED PROGRAM IN VIEWERS

    CBS TOPS WEDNESDAY IN VIEWERS, A18-49 (TIE) AND A25-54 (TIE)

    At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR averaged 8.60m (up +4% from 8.30m for last week’s 90-minute premiere), 2.0 in A18-49 (up +5% from 1.9) and 2.8 in A25-54 (up +4% from 2.7).

    At 9:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (8.81m) and averaged 1.8 in A18-49 (nc from its last first-run episode on 2/10) and 2.5 in A25-54. CRIMINAL MINDS was Wednesday’s number one scripted program in viewers.

    At 10:00 PM, the season finale of CODE BLACK averaged 6.91m (up +14% from 6.04m), 1.2 in A18-49 (up +20% from 1.0) and 1.7 in A25-54 (up +13% from 1.5).

    For the night, CBS was first in viewers (8.11m), A18-49 (1.7, tie) and A25-54 (2.3, tie).

  3. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO P.D.” CAPTURES THE 10 P.M. HOUR AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY, INCRDEASES VS. THE YEAR-AGO NIGHT

    “CHICAGO P.D.” HAS NOW FINISHED #1 OR TIED FOR #1 IN 18-49 VERSUS THE SLOT’S REGULAR ABC-CBS COMPETITION WITH ITS LAST 31 REGULAR-SLOT ORIGINALS

    “SVU” IS PROJECTED TO GROW TO A 3.0 AFTER SEVEN DAYS OF TIME-SHIFTING AND ALTERNATE-PLATFORM VIEWS, “P.D.” TO A 2.9

    “LAURA” MAINTAINS 100% WEEK TO WEEK IN 18-49, IS CLOSE TO ROUNDING UP TO A 1.1

    Wednesday Primetime Results (some local college-basketball preemptions for NBC and CBS):

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “The Mysteries of Laura,” 1.6 rating in 18-49, 8.67 million viewers overall.

    · “Law & Order: SVU,” 3.0 in 18-49, 10.26 million.

    · “Chicago P.D.,” 2.9 in 18-49, 10.97 million.

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures.

    · Ranks #1 by a +33% margin among those nets in the slot in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.2 for CBS’s #2 “Code Black”).

    · Has now finished #1 or tied for #1 in 18-49 versus the time period’s regular ABC and CBS drama competition with 31 regular-slot originals, dating back to November 2014.

    · Maintains 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.6).

    · Grows +7% versus the same night last year in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.5 on Feb. 25, 2015).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — last week’s “P.D.” increased by +52% in 18-49 (1.61 to 2.44) and 2.8 million viewers (7.5 million to 10.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 94% of last week’s 1.6 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings in 18-49 and 88% of last week’s 1.7 in official nationals.

    · Is up versus last week in adults 18-34 (1.1 vs. 1.0 in official nationals) and men 18-34 (0.8 vs. 0.7).

    · Builds on its lead-in by +50% in 18-49.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last week’s “SVU” grew by +58% in 18-49 (1.66 to 2.62) and 2.4 million viewers (7.7 million to 10.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Is close to rounding up to a 1.1 (currently reporting a 1.047 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s 18-49 rating (1.0 vs. 1.0) and grows +6% in total viewers (6.680 million vs. 6.329 million).

    · Grows from half-hour to half-hour by +10% in 18-49 (1.0 to 1.1).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — last week’s “Laura” increased by +29% in 18-49 (1.02 to 1.32) and more than 1.4 million viewers (6.3 million to 7.8 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night (with 51 of 56 markets currently reporting):

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.7/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.9/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/5; “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 1.2/4 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, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

  4. I haven’t seen the last 2 episodes of Code Black yet but I really enjoyed the show a whole lot more than I expected to going in. I’m not convinced the new Criminal Minds show will bring in much better ratings when it premieres next month.

    • Your comment is a great example of the “accepting failure” mood that is pervading TV executive offices, and thus the media, today…

      Remember a mere ten years ago when CBS routinely produced new hits? Real ones like Criminal Minds?

  5. Code Black should be done it’s doing terribly and unlike Stalker last year hasn’t been very competitive in the timeslot. I can see CBS cancelling both Limitless and Code Black but I can also see them keeping one of them as well but maybe it depends on CM: BB, CSI: Cyber which airs here next week, and Rush Hour. I know for sure Beyond Borders is going to fail once PD comes back after it debuts. It’s a toss up right now as CBS could either go forward with one or two of these shows or just clean house.

    Chicago PD is having a really good season right now after a slow start. Chicago PD has been on top of NBC’s ratings all month or tied with Chicago Fire or SVU at the top as NBC’s top-rated shows until The Voice and Blindspot both return on Monday. It was able to top the lineup as most cases you usually see it tying SVU or behind just a little bit. Out of the procedurals that have debut inside of this decade it’s up there with shows like Blue Bloods or NCIS: NO that have been the most successful and most valuable. I still need to catch last night’s PD but I heard it was one of the better episodes in the entire series so far as it dealt with real-life Chicago problems between gangs and the police and race type stuff that touches home.

    • Chicago PD has essentially the same ratings a Code Black in the same timeslot.

      How is one doing better than the other?!

  6. I voted Yes on renewing Code Black. It is an above average medical show. It’s performing about what Stalker did except with more total viewership

    Doesn’t CSI Cyber or something take this slot next?

    • Doing better than Stalker (viewership is the only metric that counts) isn’t doing all that good is it?

      How quickly CBS is falling thanks to the many flop renewals of Nina Tassler…

  7. If Les Moonves thinks that, like NBC or ABC, it can’t ever produce another hit show, then acting happy with the failure of Code by renewing it is the “right” move.

    It’s a move that leads to oblivion, however, as shown by CW and FOX.