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Wednesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC’s ‘Chicago PD’ Tops the Scripted Dramas

'Empire' on the Downside on Fox

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, December 6, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.4/ 7, NBC: 3.9/ 7, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 6, CBS: – 8, CW: -20, Fox: -24, NBC: -34

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS got over the Wednesday “hump” in winning overnight fashion thanks to warhorse “Survivor,” which led the evening with a 5.4 rating/9 share in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, this was on par with the year-ago evening and it led into full season renewed drama “SEAL Team” at a first-place 4.3/ 7 at 9 p.m. Veteran “Criminal Minds” continues to lag at 10 p.m., however, with a second-place 3.6/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 14 percent below year-ago occupant “Code Black.”

”Code Black” will be returning for a third season on an unconfirmed day and time.

On Fox, drama “Empire” will certainly lead the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups), but a 4.2/ 7 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. was 14 percent below the 4.9/ 8 one year earlier at 9 p.m.

”Empire” led into sophomore “Star,” which dipped by 31 percent with a fourth-place 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.3/ 7 at 10 p.m.), was the top-rated scripted drama of the evening, besting competing “Criminal Minds” on CBS (#2: 3.6/ 7) and “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#3: 2.8/ 5) by 19 percent and 54 percent, respectively. Just one-tenth of a rating point behind “Chicago PD” was lead-in “Law & Order: SVU” at a 4.2/ 7 (#2) at 9 p.m.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was an encore telecast of holiday special “A Very Pentatonix Christmas” at a fourth-place 3.1/ 5 at 8 p.m.

On ABC, the 8-10 p.m. sitcom block – “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.7/ 6), “Speechless” (#4: 2.9/ 5), “Modern Family” (#3: 4.1/ 7) and “American Housewife” (#3: 3.0/ 5) – was close to recent overnight levels. And The CW featured social media magnet “Riverdale” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into modest “Dynasty” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which was renewed for the full season despite the lagging ratings.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, December 6 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “A Very Pentatonix Christmas” (R): 3.2/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “A Very Pentatonix Christmas” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Star”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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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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