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Wednesday Overnights: ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS Closes Season 13 on a Modest Note

Clean Sweep for NBC

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CW: +60, NBC: +59, Fox: +44, CBS: – 9, ABC: -23

Ratings Breakdown:
Led by a Wednesday 8-9 p.m. edition of “The Voice,” it was a clean household overnight sweep for NBC. “The Voice” (#1 for the night 5.2 rating/9 share) bested competing “Survivor” on CBS (#2: 4.6/ 8) by 13 percent.

In season (or series finale) news, “Criminal Minds” wrapped up season 13 on CBS with a second-place 3.5/ 7 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, that trailed competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (#1: 4.3/ 8) by 19 percent and it could very well be the final regularly scheduled episode. A total of 17 series, to-date, have been renewed on CBS and “Criminal Minds” is not one of them…yet.

On ABC, recently introduced sitcom “Alex, Inc.” remains stalled at the gate, with a fourth-place 2.0/ 3 at 8 p.m. (out of a 2.5/ 4 for a repeat of “The Goldbergs” at 8 p.m.). At 10 p.m., sophomore ABC drama “Designated Survivor” finished a typically distant No. 3 with a 2.5/ 5. The saving grace, however, for “Designated Survivor” is the positive DVR usage.

In season-premiere news was the final season of CW drama “The Originals” at a modest 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m. (out of a 0.8/ 1 for “Riverdale” at 8 p.m.).

Elsewhere, Fox had nothing unusual to report with its pairing of dramas “Empire” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and “Star” (#3: 3.1/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which should have no trouble earning a third season renewal. And veteran “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC won the 9 p.m. hour with a 4.3/ 7, which was 16 percent above an earlier edition of “Criminal Minds” on CBS (3.7/ 6).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 18 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “ The Voice”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Alex, Inc.”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “ The Voice”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Originals” (season premiere): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Originals” (season premiere): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season finale): 3.6/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 2.5/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season finale): 3.5/ 7 (#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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