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Wednesday Overnights: Drama Trio Leads NBC to Overnight Victory

CBS' 'The Amazing Race' and Fox's '9-1-1' Remain Standouts

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +40, Fox: +66, CBS: – 5, ABC: – 8, CW: -36

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led the Wednesday household overnights, besting second-place CBS by two-tenths of a rating point (or five percent). Only four-tenths of a household rating point separated the three NBC dramas, with “The Blacklist” at a 4.2 rating/7 share at 8 p.m. (#2), followed by veteran “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 4.0/ 6) and “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.4/ 8) from 9-11 p.m. And the password is consistency.

The Wednesday 9 p.m. hour offered another competitive battle between the three scripted dramas, with Fox’s recently introduced “9-1-1” first at a 4.2/ 7, followed by CBS’ freshman “SEAL Team” (#2: 4.1/ 7), and NBC’s aforementioned “Law & Order: SVU.” Of note for already renewed “9-1-1” was overnight growth out of lead-in “The X-Files” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) of 68 percent, and growth from year-ago time period occupant “Star” (3.0/ 5 on 2/01/17) of 40 percent.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was rejuvenated “The Amazing Race” at a dominant 4.3/ 7 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, that was 26 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Hunted” (3.4/ 5 on 2/01/17). But aging “Criminal Minds” on the Eye net at 10 p.m. (#2: 3.4/ 7) was 21 percent below medical drama “Code Black” on the year-ago evening (4.3/ 8). “Code Black” will return for season three on Wednesday, May 2.

Elsewhere, ABC featured encore telecasts of 8-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.1/ 5), “Speechless” (#4: 2.2/ 4), “Modern Family” (#4: 2.4/ 4) and “American Housewife” (#4: 2.0/ 3), followed by “The Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 10 p.m. (#3: 2.0/ 4). And The CW was at typical Wednesday overnight levels care of “Riverdale” (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and Friday-bound “Dynasty” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, January 31 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Match Game”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Match Game”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.4/ 7 (#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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  1. You don’t have Blacklist at the 8:30PM time (Speechless didn’t air on NBC at 8:30). It had a 4.3 for both half hours so Blacklist should be #1 at 8:30PM.