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Wednesday Overnights: ‘The Amazing Race’ is Alive and Well on CBS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.3/ 7, CBS: 4.2/ 7, Fox: 3.3/ 5, ABC: 3.1/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +17, NBC: + 5, CBS: no change, Fox: -13, ABC: -16

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC inched past CBS for Wednesday overnight dominance, besting the Eye net by one-tenth of a rating point in households. But the standout for of the evening was veteran “The Amazing Race” on CBS, which at a dominant 4.5 rating/7 share in the overnight households in the 8 p.m. hour is a vast improvement from recent seasons and right on par with regularly scheduled time period occupant “Survivor.”

Second in the 8 p.m. hour was NBC’s “The Blacklist” (4.2/ 7), followed by ABC comedies “The Goldbergs” (4.2/ 7) and “Speechless” (3.0/ 5), and “The X-Files” on Fox (2.7/ 4). A 90-minutes special on The CW, “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-up Gala,” scored a 0.9/ 1 from 8-9:30 p.m., and that led into half-hour comedy special “The Animal Crackers” at a 0.4/ 1 at 9:30 p.m.

At a session yesterday at The Press Tour with the stars and producers of “The X-Files,” Gillian Anderson has confirmed that this current batch of 10-episodes will be her last as Dana Scully.

Tops in the 9 p.m. hour was a tie between “SEAL Team” on CBS and NBC granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU,” each at a 4.1/ 7. Opposite it was week two of Fox procedural “9-1-1” at a 3.9/ 6, which built from lead-in “The X-Files” by 39 percent and it was 22 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Star” (3.2/ 5 on 1/11/17). Last week, “9-1-1” opened with a 4.8/ 8.

On ABC, “Modern Family” reached the 200-episode mark with a typical 4.0/ 6 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. half-hour (#3), leading into a 2.8/ 5 for sophomore “American Housewife” at 9:30 p.m. (2.8/ 5). Comparably, “American Housewife” slipped by 30 percent from “Modern Family.”
Tops at 10 p.m. was NBC’s “Chicago PD” at a 4.5/ 8, which bested competing “Criminal Minds” (3.9/ 7) on CBS and “The Match Game” (2.2/ 4) on ABC by 15 percent and 45 percent, respectively.
What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, January 10 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-up Gala”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – ““The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-up Gala”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 3.9/ 6 (#4)
CW – ““The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-up Gala”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
CW – “The Animal Crackers”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by 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. TAR is a vast improvement over the “dating” seasons (or the social media fiasco)… So happy to see it focusing on real competitors!

  2. The X Files ratings floor me. I guess Gillian Anderson is leaving in the nick of time. I did enjoy episode 2