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Wednesday Overnights: ‘9-1-1’ on Fox Tops Night

The CW's 'Riverdale' to Feature a Musical Episode on April 18th Themed to Classic Theatrical 'Carrie'

WEDNESDAY 1/24/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.9/ 7, Fox: 3.7/ 6, NBC: 3.2/ 5, ABC: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 9, CBS: + 8, NBC: + 7, ABC and CW: -22 each

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS inched past Fox for Wednesday overnight dominance, with a 0.2 household rating point advantage. But Fox will win the evening with ease in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups) thanks to recent entry “9-1-1,” which topped the night at 4.6 rating/7 share in households from 9-10 p.m. Comparably (and opposite an encore telecast of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU”: #4, 2.6/ 4), that was a hefty 70 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Star” (2.7/ 4 on 1/25/17). It was 10 percent above the 4.2/ 7 in the overnights one week earlier. And “9-1-1” increased from lead-in “The X-Files” (#4: 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m.) by 77 percent.

Congratulations Fox…”9-1-1” is a bona fide hit.

CBS featured two episodes of “The Amazing Race,” which won the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.4/ 7 and is the perfect Wednesday 8 p.m. time period warmer in between seasons of “Survivor.” Did you hear that, Bertram van Munster? The 9 p.m. telecast of “The Amazing Race” finished second in the hour (behind “9-1-1”), with a 3.7/ 6 in the household overnights.

Capping off the evening for the Eye net was veteran “Criminal Minds” at a dominant 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m., which bested a repeat of NBC’s “Chicago PD” (#2: 3.2/ 6) and an original installment of “The Match Game” on ABC (#3: 2.2/ 4) by 9 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was an encore telecast of an 8 p.m. edition of “Law & Order: SVU” at a fourth-place 2.6/ 4.

Over at ABC, the network featured two episodes of “American Housewife” on its Wednesday 8-10 p.m. comedy block as follows:

8:00 p.m.: “The Goldbergs”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: “American Housewife”: 3.3/ 5 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: “Modern Family” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: “American Housewife”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)

The CW, meanwhile, was at typical Wednesday overnight levels with its pairing of dramas “Riverdale” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and the failing freshman reboot of “Dynasty” (#5: 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m.). Upcoming on “Riverdale” on April 18th will be a musical production of “Carrie,” which will be titled “A Night to Remember.” It will feature 11 songs and will be framed as a documentary about the high school theater production filmed by Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, January 24 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.7/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.3/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.6/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.3/ 6 (#2))

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.2/ 6 (#2))

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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