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Wednesday Overnights: CBS and NBC Tie; The Eye Net’s ‘Survivor’ Tops Night

Recent Returnee 'Code Black' Remains on the Fence on CBS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS and NBC: 4.0/ 7 each, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening
NBC: +21, Fox: + 3, CBS: -11, ABC: -18, CW: -22

Ratings Breakdown:
Veteran “Survivor” on CBS topped the Wednesday household overnights, as usual, with a healthy 4.9 rating/9 share. Comparably, that bested competing “Empire” on Fox (#2: 3.9/ 7) by 26 percent, but the variation in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos) will be much closer.

Also in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour NBC’s “The Blacklist” (#3: 3.5/ 6), which is expected back for a sixth season, ABC comedies “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.3/ 6) and waiting-to-be axed “Alex, Inc.” (#4: 2.2/ 4), and CW social media magnet “Riverdale” (#5: 0.8/ 2).

NBC granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU,” which was just greenlit for season 20, topped the 9 p.m. hour with a 4.1/ 7 in the household overnights. Comparably, that was five percent above competing (and also renewed) “SEAL Team” on CBS (#2: 3.9/ 7).

Also in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour was ABC sitcoms “Modern Family” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “American Housewife” (#4: 2.8/ 5), Fox’s sophomore drama “Star” (#4: 3.0/ 5), and the final season of “The Originals” on The CW (#5: 0.6/ 1).

NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle at 10 p.m. care of also just renewed “Chicago PD” at a 4.3/ 8, which beat competing “Code Black” on CBS (#2: 3.3/ 6) and “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#3: 2.4/ 4) by 30 percent and 79 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”: 3.3/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “ The Blacklist”: 3.5/ 6 (#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”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “ The Blacklist”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.9/ 7 (#1t)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.9/ 6 (#1t)
Fox – “Star”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 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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