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Wednesday Overnights: ‘Survivor’ on CBS Tops Night

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening
NBC: +17, Fox: + 3, CBS: – 5, CW: -11, ABC: -12

Ratings Breakdown:
Veteran “Survivor” on CBS, featuring a double eviction, topped the household overnights on this first Wednesday in May, with a consistent 5.1 rating/9 share in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that bested competing “Empire” on Fox (#2: 4.0/ 7) by 27 percent. “Empire,” however, is still the show to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos).

Also in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour was NBC’s consistent “The Blacklist” (#3: 3.7/ 7), ABC sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.4/ 6) and recently introduced “Alex, Inc.” (#4: 2.2/ 4), and social media favorite “Riverdale” on The CW (#5: 0.9/ 2). Chances of a second season for “Alex, Inc.” are nil.

Tops at 9 p.m. was NBC granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” at a 4.3/ 7, which beat competing “SEAL Team” on CBS (#2: 4.0/ 7) by seven percent and built from lead-in “The Blacklist” by 16 percent. Yes, a 20th season of “SVU” is highly likely.

Also in the 9 p.m. hour were ABC sitcoms “Modern Family” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “American Housewife” (#4: 2.7/ 5), Fox’s sophomore drama “Star” (#3t: 3.1/ 5), and the final season of “The Originals” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1).

NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle at 10 p.m. care of “Chicago PD” at a 4.2/ 8, which beat competing “Code Black” on CBS (#2: 3.5/ 6) and “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#3: 2.7/ 5) by 20 percent and 55 percent, respectively.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 25 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “ The Blacklist”: 3.7/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Alex, Inc.”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.0/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “ The Blacklist”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.7/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.6/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
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. Do you believe NBC will renew the Blacklist? If so, do you think they leave it in this time slot? Mid season? Friday?