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‘Empire’ on Fox Tops Wednesday, but CBS Still Leads in Household Overnights

'Criminal Minds' on CBS Concludes for the Season


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.0 rating/8 share, Fox: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 4.0/ 7, NBC: 3.5/ 6, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: – 9, ABC: -11, CBS: -12, CW: -13, NBC: -20


Ratings Breakdown:

CBS inched past Fox by one-tenth of a household rating point for Wednesday overnight dominance. But the home of “Empire,” which topped the night with a 6.5 rating/11 share in the household overnights at 9 p.m., is still the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). Comparably, “Empire” increased from lead-in “Rosewood” (#3: 3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by 97 percent.

Tops on CBS was ageless “Survivor” at a dominant 5.7/ 9 in the 8 p.m. hour, which should translate into about a 2-rating in adults 18-49. Next was the season-finale of veteran “Criminal Minds” (#3: 5.3/ 8 at 9 p.m.), which is still waiting word on an official 12th season renewal. And that led into a 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m. (#2) for recently introduced spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which trailed competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (#1: 4.3/ 7) by one-tenth of a rating point. Third in the 10 p.m. hour was ABC’s “Nashville” at a 3.0/ 5, which was 19 percent below lead-in “black-ish” (#4: 3.7/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.) and is also waiting word in its fate. My prediction is a 13-episode order for one final season of “Nashville.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC were typical overnights for sitcoms “The Middle” (#2: 4.9/ 8), “The Goldbergs” (#2: 4.4/ 7) and “Modern Family” (#2t: 5.2/ 8) from 8-9:30 p.m.

On NBC, modest recent drama entry “Heartbeat” sunk to a series-low 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m., which will certainly not bode well for a second season renewal. One year earlier, former time period occupant “The Mysteries of Laura” scored a 4.3/ 7 (and is expected to be renewed for a third season). Veteran “Law & Order: SVU” followed with a below-average 3.7/ 6 (#4) from 9-10 p.m.

The CW’s combination of “Arrow” (#5: 1.5/ 3) and “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2) were at typical overnight levels.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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      • Yeah, that’s true. I would think that SVU, though, would have a built-in audience who would find it no matter what. But apparently not.

        • I attribute some of that being the rough competition it faces on every network in that hour but good for them Criminal Minds is done for the rest of the season. Also take into account SVU and PD have been off for a month now so I expect the next couple of weeks to be higher. PD had a positive though growing out of SVU.

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