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ABC, and Donald Trump, Lead Wednesday Ratings, Tying CBS

Respectable Time Period Debut for 'Hunted' on CBS

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, January 25, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.6/ 6 each, Fox: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +24, NBC: – 6, CBS: -29, Fox: -31, CW: -44

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC and CBS shared overnight household leadership on this final Wednesday in January, with “President Trump: The White House Interview” at 10 p.m., anchored by David Muir, the top-rated draw at a 5.3 rating/10 share. Earlier in the evening on ABC were encore telecasts of 8-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.0/ 5), “Speechless” (#4: 2.5/ 4), “Modern Family” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and “black-ish” (#3t: 2.7/ 4).

In time period premiere news was episode two of CBS reality/competition “Hunted” at a respectable 3.6/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour, which trailed time period leader “Lethal Weapon” on Fox (4.1/ 7) by 12 percent. A second episode of “Hunted” scored an almost identical 3.5/ 6 at 9 p.m., which tied a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC for first in the hour. Needless to say, “Lethal Weapon” is a shoo-in for a second season renewal.

CBS capped off the night with on-the-fence medical drama “Code Black” at a second-place 3.9/ 7 t 10 p.m., which bested an encore of competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (2.8/ 5) by 39 percent.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was another repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” at a fourth-place 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.

In series-finale news was freshman CW drama “Frequency,” which earned its walking papers at a mere 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m. At 8 p.m. on The CW was “Arrow” at a 1.3/ 2 (#5) at 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, recently introduced Fox drama “Star,” from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, continues to pale in comparison to “Empire” at a 2.8/ 4 (#3t) at 9 p.m. In its first season in 15 years without “American Idol,” the year-to-year slippage on Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox at present remains noticeable.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, Jan. 25 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Hunted” (time period premiere): 3.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Hunted” (time period premiere): 3.4/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.4/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Star”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.6/ 1 (#5) – series finale

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “Hunted”: 3.4/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.6/ 6 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Frequency”: 0.5/ 1 (#5) – series finale

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “President Trump: The White House Interview”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 3.0/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “President Trump: The White House Interview”: 5.4/10 (#1)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#3)

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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  1. I don’t see Code Black coming back for another season.

    The Flash and Supergirl are better than Arrow. I think even the ratings speak volumes on that.

      • Only reason I said it is because CBS is not nearly as forgiving as other networks on low ratings.

        Marc, do you happen to know who the Masked Scheduler is? He claims to have worked at NBC at the same time as you in the early to mid 90s.