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Wednesday Overnights: CBS’ Veteran ‘Survivor’ Tops Night

ABC's 'Speechless' Concludes for the Season - or Series -- on a Typically Modest Note

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS and NBC: 4.2/ 7 each, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +20, ABC: +10, CBS: – 2, Fox and CW: -22 each

Ratings Breakdown:
Veteran “Survivor” on CBS topped this third Wednesday in March, with a 5.3 rating/9 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was a slight improvement — four percent — over the 5.1/ 9 on the year-ago evening. In other words, this addictive reality/competition keeps on ticking.

‘Survivor” led into freshman “SEAL Team” (#3: 4.0/ 7 at 9 p.m.), which trailed competing scripted dramas “9-1-1” on Fox and “Law & Order: SVU” (each with a 4.6/ 8) by 13 percent. And it led into “Criminal Minds” at a second-place 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 24 percent below NBC’s competing “Chicago Med” (4.6/ 8). Third at 10 p.m. was ABC’s sophomore “Designated Survivor” (2.8/ 5), which never fully rebounded from that first three-month hiatus last season.

In season (or series) finale news, ABC sophomore sitcom “Speechless” finished a typical third at 8:30 p.m. with a 2.9/ 5 in households, which was 22 percent below lead-in “The Goldbergs” (#2: 3.7/ 6 at 8 p.m.). A third season renewal for “Speechless” could be dependent on how upcoming sitcoms “Alex, Inc.” and “Splitting Up Together” fare on ABC Wednesday. Both debut next week – “Alex, Inc.” at 8:30 p.m. and “Splitting Up Together” at 9:30 p.m.

In the 9 p.m. hour on the alphabet network last night was “Modern Family” at a fourth-place 3.8/ 6, followed by sophomore “American Housewife” at a 2.9/ 5 (#4). “Modern Family,” of course, will rank higher in the time period once the demographics are released.

Elsewhere, “The X-Files” on Fox lagged in the 8 p.m. hour, with 2.4/ 4 (#4) in the household overnights. The CW had nothing unusual to report with its pairing of “Riverdale” (#5: 0.9/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and recent failing entry “Life Sentence” (#5: 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m.). And NBC populated the 8 p.m. hour with an encore telecast of “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 3.3/ 6). With year-to-year growth of 31 percent for “SVU” at 9 p.m. ET last night, a 20th season renewal seems obvious.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 21 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (season or series finale): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 3.8/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Life Sentence”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.7/ 8 (#1t)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.7/ 8 (#1t)
CW – “Life Sentence”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 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 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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