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Wednesday Ratings Scorecard: Fox Inches Past ABC and NBC

Part One of 'Madoff' on ABC Opens on a Respectable Note


Fox: 4.7 rating/8 share, ABC and NBC: 4.6/ 8 each, CBS: 4.0/ 7, CW: 1.5/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are not available at press time.

Ratings Breakdown:
Fox led this first Wednesday in February in the household overnights, inching past second-place ABC and NBC by one-tenth of a rating. “American Idol” topped the night at a 6.3 rating/10 share from 8-9 p.m., and it led into a 3.2/ 5 for “Hell’s Kitchen” at 9 p.m. Comparably, retention for “Hell’s Kitchen” out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” was lacking at just 50 percent.

On ABC, part one of miniseries “Madoff,” starring Richard Dreyfuss, was on the overnight map with a 5.5/8 in households from 8-10 p.m. While the audience skew is expected to be older, what was impressive about these household overnights was only a 0.4 rating point fluctuation from the first half-hour (5.7/ 9 at 8 p.m.) to the last half-hour (5.3/ 8 at 9:30 p.m.). “Madoff” concludes this evening.

ABC’s sophomore “American Crime” finished in the distant No. 3 spot in the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.1/ 5, which trailed competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (4.7/ 8) and “Code Black” on CBS (4.5/ 8) by 34 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Overnight retention for “American Crime” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Madoff” was lacking at 58 percent.

Over at CBS, sitcoms “2 Broke Girls” (#4: 4.0/ 6) and soon-to-conclude “Mike & Molly” (#4: 4.2/ 7) from 8-9 p.m. led into a 3.5/ 5 for an encore telecast of “Criminal Minds” from 9-10 p.m. What was impressive about aforementioned “Code Black” at 10 p.m. (4.5/ 8) was growth out of the “Criminal Minds” second-run of 41 percent. My crystal ball tells me there will be a third season of “Code Black.”

NBC, meanwhile, opened the evening with older-skewing sophomore drama “The Mysteries of Laura” (#3: 4.5/ 7 at 8 p.m.) into a second-place 4.8/ 8 (#2) for just renewed “Law & Order: SVU.” An option for a third season of “The Mysteries of Laura” could be a Friday night time period. And “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) led into a 1.3/ 2 (#5) at 9 p.m. for the show that will just not end, “Supernatural.”

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 ( 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. Only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and half of “American Idol”‘s audience reaching for the remotes no matter what the lead-out.

  2. At the end of the day this “cast” of supposed chefs is I no better or worse than any other I guess, but wow, what a group of misfits. The guys are all mostly nerds and the women all hate each other…again, no different than any other season. I guess there is one chef in each group who can actually cook and lead a team, but I gotta believe most of this show is one big act of drama for TV. Especially the Gordon! Act or not, it appears the previous maître D and sous-chefs don’t want to be part of it any longer.