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Wednesday Overnights: CBS Inches Past NBC for Dominance

Fox Still the Network to Beat in Adults 18-49

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 8, NBC: 4.4/ 7, Fox: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +16, CBS: – 2, ABC: -21, Fox: -26, CW: -36

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS inched past second place NBC by one-tenth of a household rating point for Wednesday overnight dominance. But a Wednesday 9 p.m. edition of “The Voice” (#1: 5.0 rating/8 share), featuring night three of the playoffs, gave the Peacock net a boost. Comparably, “The Voice” increased from lead-in “The Blacklist” (#3: 4.0/ 7 at 8 p.m.) by 25 percent and it led into a dominant 4.2/ 7 for “Chicago PD” at 10 p.m.

On CBS, mainstay “Survivor,” yet another addictive edition, won the 8 p.m. hour with a consistent 5.2/ 9 in the household overnights. Comparably, “Survivor” bested competing “Empire” on Fox (#2: 4.4/ 7) by 18 percent. While “Empire” is still the show to beat in the hour in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics), it also remains down by double-digit percentages year-to-year.

“Survivor” led into a 4.6/ 7 for freshman military drama “SEAL Team” at 9 p.m., which was on par with year-ago time period occupant “Criminal Minds.” And aforementioned “Criminal Minds,” now in the Wednesday 10 p.m. hour, scored a second-place 3.7/ 7, which was on track with medical drama “Code Black” one year earlier.

Airing out of “Empire” on Fox was sophomore drama “Star” at a 2.9/ 5 (#4) at 9 p.m., which dipped by 36 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Empire.”

Over at ABC, it was Wednesday overnight business as usual care of “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.8/ 6), “Speechless” (#4: 3.0/ 5), “Modern Family” (#3: 4.3/ 7), “American Housewife” (#3: 3.1/ 5) and sophomore drama “Designated Survivor” (#3: 2.8/ 5). Year-to-year, “Designated Survivor” was down by 30 percent in the household overnights. And The CW featured social media magnet “Riverdale” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and newbie “Dynasty” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which did recieve a full season episode order despite the ongoing failing ratings.
What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, November 15 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.8/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.3/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.6/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.0/ 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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