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Updated Wednesday Ratings: ABC and NBC Share Below-Average Leadership

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What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 5.43 million, CBS: 5.42, ABC: 5.12, Fox: 5.05, CW: 1.27

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.5 rating/5 share, Fox: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.1/ 4, CBS: 1.0/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.15 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Hunted
Viewers: 5.24 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.34 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.09 million (#5), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.63 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 5.29 million (#12), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Hunted
Viewers: 4.93 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 3.90 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.25 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.45 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 6.69 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.21 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.49 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.05 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 5.37 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.11 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.82 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 3.80 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 920,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Match Game (winter finale)
Viewers: 3.78 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Doubt
Viewers: 4.26 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.49 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Match Game (winter finale)
Viewers: 3.44 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

CBS – Doubt
Viewers: 3.76 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.52 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

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  1. FROM CBS

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “CRIMINAL MINDS” IS WEDNESDAY’S
    #1 PROGRAM IN VIEWERS

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Places First
    In the Metered Markets, Up +32% From a Year Ago

    · At 8:00 PM, HUNTED averaged 5.09m, 1.2 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.6 in A25-54.

    · At 9:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (7.16m) and second in A18-49 (1.3, tie, nc) and A25-54 (1.8, nc). CRIMINAL MINDS was Wednesday’s most watched broadcast.

    · At 10:00 PM, DOUBT averaged 4.01m, 0.6 in A18-49 and 0.8 in A25-54.

    THE LATE SHOW

    · From 11:35PM-12:35AM, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT was first in the 56 overnight metered markets (2.5), its eighth consecutive first place finish against first-run programming. THE LATE SHOW was up +9% over the same night last week and +32% from the same night last year.

  2. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO P.D.” SWEEPS THE 10 P.M. HOUR AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN EVERY KEY MEASURE

    “P.D.” & “BLINDSPOT” MAINTAIN 100% WEEK TO WEEK IN 18-49

    L+7: “BLINDSPOT” IS GROWING BY +72% THIS SEASON, “SVU” BY +74% AND “CHICAGO P.D.” BY +73% GOING FROM L+SD TO L+7

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings:

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    Wins the 10 p.m. hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in all key demographics plus total viewers.
    Retains 100% week to week in adult 18-49 rating (1.3 vs. 1.3).
    Captures a +44% margin of victory among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period in adults 18-49 (1.3 vs. 0.9 for ABC’s “The Match Game”).
    Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +73% in 18-49 rating so far this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.39 to a 2.40) and +3.6 million viewers overall (6.3 million to 9.9 million).

    “Law & Order: SVU” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Ties for #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 nets in adults, men and women 18-49.
    · Increases its audience half-hour to half-hour in every key measure.
    Retains 93% week to week in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.4), 100% in adults 18-34 (0.9 vs. 0.9) and grows in men 18-34 (0.7 vs. 0.6).
    Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “SVU” has grown by +74% so far this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.49 to a 2.59) and more than +3.0 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 9.3 million).

    “Blindspot” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    Maintain 100% week to week in adult 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.8) and grows in total viewers (4.121 million vs. 4.065 million) and adults 18-34 (0.5 vs. 0.4).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Blindspot” has increased by +72% so far this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.15 to a 1.98) and +2.7 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 8.1 million).
    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 120 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,” 2.3/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.5/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/5 with an encore.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

    · 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,” 0.3/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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.

  3. FROM ABC

    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.1 million and 1.5/5 in AD18-49): With its 8-10pm comedy block and Match Game at 10pm, ABC won its 3rd consecutive Wednesday over all-original competition among Adults 18-49 (1.5/5), leading by double digits over Fox (+15% – 1.3/5), NBC (+36% – 1.1/4) and CBS (+50% – 1.0/4). ABC finished as the #1 network for the 6th time in the 8 Wednesdays of 2017. ABC was the only net up week to week in Adults 18-49 (+7%).

    · Ranking #1 in each half-hour, ABC’s 2-hour comedy block won by 31% from 8-10pm in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6) over runner-up Fox (1.3/5) and produced Wednesday’s Top 4 TV shows in the key young adult sales demo: Modern Family (2.0/7) – #1, The Goldbergs (1.7/7) – #2, black-ish (1.6/6) and Speechless (1.5/6) – #4.

    · The Goldbergs, Speechless and Modern Family were each steady with their week-ago Adult 18-49 deliveries, while black-ish grew 7% in the 9:30pm half-hour to a 6-week high – since 1/11/17.

    · At 10pm, ABC’s Match Game took 2nd in the hour and increased its lead over CBS’ Doubt to 50% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.6/2), up from a 13% advantage the prior week. The ABC game show grew in Total Viewers (3.6 million vs. 3.5 million) to its most watched telecast since mid-January (since 1/11/17) and held even with Adults 18-49.

  4. Very interesting night for NBC as Chicago PD drew almost a million viewers out of SVU but the demo was the same for the both of them. It’s been clear for sometime now that Chicago PD probably doesn’t need SVU anymore so maybe they move SVU next season and put a Chicago partner in front of it. I think next week is a big Wednesday for NBC with the Chicago franchise taking up all 3 hours to premiere Chicago Justice so I think NBC can find out a lot about a Chicago show working in an earlier timeslot on Wednesdays next week.

    • Wednesday This fall for NBC:

      8PM: This is Us (This is a family oriented emotional drama that needs no lead in)
      9PM: Chicago Justice
      10PM: Chicago Med

      SVU is the big daddy of the group I’d move it to Thursday at 10PM or more ballsy Friday at 10PM. Either way, it use to be a thriving Tuesday at 10PM show many seasons ago. NBC will likely keep it around long enough to make some history.

      I have ranked Blindspot as 50/50 but it’s getting harder and harder to justify. I may just go with putting Blacklist on Friday and/or make it a mid season show.

      I saw something I thought was interesting for CBS today:

      Wednesday CBS

      9PM: Scorpion
      10PM Criminal Minds

      I think that would work actually. Scorpion isn’t a 10PM show and Criminal Minds is.

      • I totally see that lineup happening for NBC on Wednesdays like 100% happening as Chicago Fire either stays on Tuesdays where it is or moves next Med on Thursdays so it’s gonna be Justice with PD together.

        I agreed with you before about SVU on Thursdays at 10pm as that’s the best move for me for it as of right now if they do move it next season but I think Fridays at 9pm is a better spot for it than 10pm on Fridays because of Deadline and I don’t like SVU going against Blue Bloods which is a tougher opponent than Criminal Minds is on Wednesdays.

        Yeah Blindspot could still be 50/50 as it might come down to that and The Blacklist on Fridays.

        I actually think CBS is better off moving Criminal Minds to either Mondays at 10pm or Thursdays at 10pm and using 9pm on Wednesdays for a comedy hour or extra reality hour, Criminal Minds would basically die off at 10pm on Wednesdays against Chicago PD. I agree though that Scorpion isn’t a 10pm show and works better at 9pm so I would still be in favor of that as well.

        • I think NBC is in better shape these days than FOX or ABC. The Mick just got renewed only because it is doing better than New Girl. It went below a 1 demo in the last airing. And that’s considered a FOX success. Yikes!

          Criminal Minds is in season 12 and not /as/ strong as it use to be. SVU is old too but as I said I know why NBC will keep it around. CM use to cream SVU and I think the both share the same audience so moving either one away from each other is a benefit.

          CBS is so conservative about doing a lineup so who knows if they will move anything.

          • I agree NBC towers over FOX and ABC, CBS is their only legit competition on most nights. That was pretty pathetic on FOX’s behalf renewing The Mick with fractional numbers that just shows you they have nothing going for them in the comedy area right now. Yikes indeed for FOX their only legit renewals were their Wednesday night shows.

            CM has gotten a long deserved run but SVU has aged better and is much older than CM by about 6 years I believe. Like you said NBC will keep it around whereas CBS may only renew it for syndication purposes but it’s clearly on its last legs. SVU used to couldn’t compete against CM and that wasn’t that long ago but now the two share audiences. I’m hopeful one of these two shows finally move away from each other next season.

            I would be shocked if CBS keeps CM there but like you said they’re conservative so they might keep it there.

            • The truth is that none of those shows should still be on after so many years and wouldn’t except for the networks’ collective inability to make hits (or good shows which is almost the same thing).

              That NBC can be said to be “towering” with those less-than-mediocre results says it all.

  5. Arrow really turned viewers off last season and they have not come back. I wouldn’t miss it really. Can it and bring back live action Constantine! Now that would make me happy.

    • I missed several episodes of Arrow last season due to travel so stopped watching it. What did they do to turn off viewers?

      • Just became very convoluted. I was even disliking the characters for a while. I only half paid attention. I’m barely paying attention now. Probably the weakest of them all. The Flash, SuperGirl, Legends of Tomorrow are all better right now.