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CBS Tops the Midweek Overnight Troops

'Heartbeat' on NBC Disappoints as Wednesday 8 p.m. Anchor

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.9 rating/10 share, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 3.9/ 7, Fox: 2.6/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 4, ABC: – 5, NBC: -11, CW: -12, Fox: -58

Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Wednesday overnight victory for CBS, which bested No. 2 ABC by 44 percent in households. “Survivor” opened with a dominant 5.7/10 in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by an above average 6.9/11 (#1 for the night) for veteran “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m. and week two of spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” at a 5.2/ 9 (#1) at 10 p.m. Comparably, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” slipped by 10 percent from its 5.8/10 opener one week earlier, and that translated into 8.88 million viewers and a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. In other words, this erosion was expected and is not a concern…yet.

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On ABC, “Modern Family” dominated the two-hour Wednesday sitcom block, as always, with a 5.4/ 9 (#2) at 9 p.m., but this was 10 percent below the 6.0/10 one year earlier. Needless to say, the pending return of Fox’s competing “Empire” in the time period will not be beneficial. “Modern Family” led into a typical 4.1/ 7 for “black-ish” at 9:30 p.m., followed by on-the-fence “Nashville” at a 3.0/ 5 (#3) at 10 p.m. Comparably, “Nashville” trailed aforementioned “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Chicago PD” on NBC (#2: 4.3/ 7) by 21 percent and 73 percent, respectively.

Earlier in the evening on ABC, were typical overnight performances for sitcoms “The Middle” (#2: 4.9/ 8) and “The Goldbergs” (#2: 4.4/ 7) from 8-9 p.m.

In time period premiere news, NBC medical drama “Heartbeat” disappointed with a third-place 3.4/ 5 from 8-9 p.m., which was 28 percent below “The Mysteries of Laura” on the year-ago evening. The “Heartbeat” preview in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour this week (out of “The Voice”) scored a 4.1/ 7 in the overnights, which translated into 6.30 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. With weaker lead-in support, granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” slipped to a 4.1/ 7 from 9-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox had nothing usual to report care of the pairing of “Rosewood” (#4: 2.8/ 5), which is not worthy of a second season, and “Hell’s Kitchen” (#4: 2.5/ 4). And “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.6/ 2) led into a 1.2/ 2 for 1.2/ 2 for “Supernatural” at 9 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. last night on Criminal Minds, it seemed to suggest the team was losing Morgan (Shemar Moore) is he leaving the show?

    • Unfortunately, yes. Shemar opted not to renew his contract and wants to pursue other things. Maybe he can join Michael Weatherly on that new Dr. Phil court show??! 🙂

  2. Big Fat F…Failure…for this Survivor. Group of misfits. There is no excitement whatsoever; its all about lying, cheating and stabbing in the back. The Amazing Race has always been the superior reality show…and the awards it, and host Phil K. win, are the proof.

      • Perhaps not in the ratings. I based my comment on the # of TV industry awards, and that is fact. The truth be told, I agree with one senior industry executive who said, “both formats are very tired”…and that was five years ago!

        • But with over 9 million people a week still sampling Survivor while “buzzworthy” shows don’t even reach that on a consistent basis, CBS is quite pleased at how its long running series is performing and drawing interest. If Survivor actually were a tired show, wouldn’t there have been much more viewer erosion by now?

        • Lucky for most of us average viewers, awards don’t always mean a thing. Just look at the number 1 TV show in the world for the last few years, “NCIS.” How many awards has it, or star, Mark Harmon, won over the last decade plus, or the little show known as “The Walking Dead?” Personally, I gave up on “TAR” and only watch international versions of the once great race. I can only take so many seasons of the same cowboys, globetrotters, and twins over and over again and constant tweaks to the show to try and make it relevant. And if you don’t like the current season of “Survivor,” watch the latest season of “Survivor South Africa.” The lying, cheating, backstabbing, and even stealing on that season are nearly a match for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in this season’s U.S. political multiple billion dollar buyout…er…process.