CBS’ ‘Survivor’ Tops Wednesday Overnights in Arguably the Most Painful Tribal Council Historically

Fox Poised for Nightly Victory in Adults 18-49 Thanks to 'Empire'

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, April 12, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, NBC: 2.7/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

CW: no change, CBS and NBC: -23 each, Fox: -27, ABC: -30

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS ranked first on this second Wednesday in April in the household overnights, but the home of “Empire,” Fox, should have no trouble dominating in the key young adult demo groups.

Veteran “Survivor” on CBS topped the night with a 5.1 rating/9 share at households at 8 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago evening. As the ultimate fan of this always addictive reality/competition, last night’s Tribal Council was the most painful to exhibit in the show’s 17-year history. Needless to say, I truly admire Zeke for his courage, and well as the members of his tribe who stood up for him. And I am embarrassed beyond belief that Jeff Varner would go that far to try to stay in the game.

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was limited Fox series “Shots Fired,” which at a third-place 2.7/ 5 in the household overnight was 21 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood” (3.4/ 6 on 4/13/16). The remaining networks were in all repeats care of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (#2: 2.8/ 5), ABC sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#4: 2.5/ 5) and “Speechless” (#4: 2.1/ 4), and “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1).

Tops at 9 p.m. was Fox’s aforementioned “Empire” at a 4.7/ 8, which year-to-year slipped by an extensive 31 percent (versus a 6.8/11 on 4/13/16). CBS’ just renewed “Criminal Minds,” which heads into season 13, was second at a 3.7/ 6. Once again, the remaining three networks were in all encores care of the regularly scheduled edition of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#3: 2.7/ 4), ABC comedies “Modern Family” (#4: 2.6/ 4) and “black-ish” (#4: 2.3/ 4), and two episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” on The CW (#5: avg. 0.5/ 1).

First at 10 p.m. was ABC’s “Designated Survivor” (3.7/ 7), which built from the repeat of lead-in “black-ish” by 61 percent and is a shoo-in for a second season renewal. Next was on-the-fence “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” on CBS (3.2/ 6), which is unlikey to be picked-up for a third season, followed by an encore telecast of “Chicago PD” on NBC (2.6/ 5).

What follows are the household overnight results for April 12 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.5/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.6/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.7/ 1

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor: Game Changers”: 5.1/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “Shots Fired”: 2.9/ 5 (#2t)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.6/ 1

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
CW – “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.8/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor”: 3.5/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. From NBC

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings:

    Note: The NBC station in Portland carried NBA basketball.

    An 8 p.m. ET encore telecast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently up +14% versus the show’s most recent encore in this timeslot in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7 on March 8), pending updates.
    · Is currently running within 0.1 of Fox’s original “Shots fired” in adults 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.9 from 8-9 p.m.).

    A rebroadcast “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently running within 0.1 of CBS’ firstrun “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” in adults 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.9 from 9-10 p.m.), pending updates.
    · Is currently tied with the 9 p.m. original “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” in adults, men and women 18-34.

    An encore telecast of “Chicago P.D.” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently tied with CBS’ firstrun “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” in adults 18-49 (0.8 each from 10-11 p.m.) and running within 0.3 of ABC’s slot-winning “Designated Survivor” (1.1), pending updates.
    · Is also currently tied with the original “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” in adults, men and women 25-54; adults and women 18-34; and men 18-49.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.7/5 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.5/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.3/2 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 0.8/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/1 with an encore.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. FROm CBS

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “SURVIVOR” REMAINS WEDNESDAY’S
    MOST WATCHED PROGRAM

    “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” Posts Growth
    In Viewers and A18-49 at 10:00 PM

    CBS Wins the Night in Viewers

    · At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (8.21m), A18-49 (1.7, nc) and A25-54 (2.5, nc). SURVIVOR was Wednesday’s #1 program in viewers.

    · At 9:00 PM, a special CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS averaged 5.85m, 0.9 in A18-49 and 1.3 in A25-54.

    · At 10:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS averaged 4.99m, (up +8% from 4.61m), 0.8 in A18-49 (up +14% from 0.7) and 1.1 in A25-54 (nc).

  3. FROM ABC

    Coming out of ABC’s repeat Wednesday comedies from 8-10pm, Designated Survivor built on its lead-in and won the 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49. In fact despite coming out of the repeat comedy block, the freshman ABC drama grew week to week in Total Viewers (+2% – 5.3 million vs. 5.2 million) and held exactly even in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4) to mark its most watched telecast in 1 month – since 3/15/17.

    · Season to date, Designated Survivor has improved Wednesday’s 10pm hour for ABC by 95% in Total Viewers (12.5 million vs. 6.4 million) and by 67% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/11 vs. 1.8/6), qualifying as ABC’s most watched series in the time slot in 10 years – since Lost in the 2006-07 season.

    · Designated Survivor is the 2016-17 season’s #1 biggest gainer in TV playback with Adults 18-49 on the major networks, spiking by +86% in L+3 and by +136% in L+7. In addition, the ABC freshman drama is also the biggest beneficiary of Live + 7 Day TV Playback in Total Viewers, more than doubling its overall audience (+103%) and drawing an additional +6.6 million viewers on top of its L+SD number.

  4. The next time someone tells you that ABC needs Agents of Shield or OUAT, remind them that the comedy block on Wednesday in repeats ALL outdid those shows in viewers and the demo this week. Time for the house of mouse to clean house on the fantasy comic book stuff and try something new next fall.

    • I think ABC will give Once Upon a Time and SHIELD a final season. The first one I am confident of. The second they may not if they like Marvel’s Inhumans.

        • Well said again.

          They should have dumped those shows a LONG time ago. It was entirely predictable (and predicted here!) that they would be embarrassments this year.