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Wednesday Overnights: CBS Leads; ABC Has Sprung a Leak with ‘Speechless’

Fox Remains the Network to Beat in Adults 18-49 Thanks to 'Empire'

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 7, NBC and Fox: 3.9/ 6 each, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.9/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to the first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton airing on Oct. 19, 2016.

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was Wednesday business as usual, with CBS tops in the household overnights and the home of “Empire,” Fox, the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key demographics). “Empire” dipped by six percent week-to-week, with a 4.4/ 7 (#2) at 8 p.m. ET. And that led into a 3.3/ 5 for sophomore “Star” at 9 p.m., which held 75 percent of “Empire’s” overnight rating and remains on the upside from its performance last season.

CBS’ veteran “Survivor” was top-rated for the evening, with a 5.0 rating/8 share in the 8 p.m. hour just four percent below the 5.2 overnight rating on the year-ago evening. At this point, the shelf life for always addictive “Survivor” thankfully remains well in the future. Week four of just full season-renewed lead-out drama “SEAL Team” lost a bit of overnight steam, with a 4.6/ 7 in the 9 p.m. hour. But this was still the dominant program in the time period, and it bested competing “Law & Order: SVU” (#2: 3.9/ 6) by 18 percent.

CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and NBC’s “Chicago PD” shared leadership in the 10 p.m. hour, each with a 3.9/ 7 in the household overnights. Third was ABC’s sophomore “Designated Survivor” (3.1/ 7), which maintained relocated lead-in “American Housewife” (#4: 3.1/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) but remains on the double-digit percent decline from its overnight performance last fall. Taking a three month hiatus last season was not beneficial, no doubt.

Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net, sophomore sitcom “Speechless” at 8:30 p.m. (#4: 2.7/ 4) is now a weak link with overnight retention out of “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.8/ 6 at 8 p.m.) of only 72 percent. With diluted lead-in support, veteran “Modern Family” remained on the downside at a 4.2/ 7 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour.

At 8 p.m. on NBC was relocated “The Blacklist” at a third-place 3.9/ 7, which was a slight improvement over the 3.6/ 6 for year-ago time period occupant “Blindspot.” The third season of “Blindspot,” now airing in the Friday 8 p.m. hour, begins on Oct. 27.

In week two news, The CW’s reboot of “Dynasty” dipped to a 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m., which was 22 percent below the already anemic 0.9/ 1 debut one week earlier. Comparably, “Dynasty” slipped by 42 percent from the 1.2/ 2 for lead-in “Riverdale” (which remains a hot ticket in the world of social media).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, October 18 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.0/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 3.3/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.7/ 1/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.2/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.8/ 7 (#1t)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 3.8/ 7 (#1t)

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. Once again Kudos for telling it like it is about Speechless. I’m sure ABC is still trying to sell the idea its Wednesday is hit-filled…