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‘Empire’ Leads Fox to Midweek Overnight Victory; CBS’ ‘Survivor’ Solid

'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' Inches Closer to Cancellation on CBS


Household Rating/Share
Fox: 5.0 rating/8 share, CBS: 4.3/ 7, ABC: 4.0/ 7, NBC: 3.7/ 6, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 7, CBS: – 9, Fox: -19, NBC: -20, CW: -22


Ratings Breakdown:
“Empire” topped the Wednesday overnights as usual, with a 6.8 rating/11 share in households at 9 p.m. Comparably, that was 106 percent above the 3.3/ 5 (#3) for lead-in “Rosewood” at 8 p.m., which benefits by the pre-tune-in for “Empire.” The two dramas, on average, gave dominant Fox a seven-tenth of a household rating point lead over second-place CBS.

The second-to-last episode of “Survivor,” which concludes next Wednesday with a two-hour installment followed by the live reunion show, led the 8 p.m. hour with a 5.6/10 in the household overnights. Comparably, this was on par with the year-ago evening.

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“Survivor” led into a 9 p.m. installment of on-the-fence “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” at a fourth-place 3.7/ 6. Comparably, that trailed the week-ago season-finale of parent “Criminal Minds” (5.2/ 8 on May 4) by 29 percent and it was 10 percent below competing “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#3: 4.1/ 7). This will certainly not bode well for renewal.

The regularly scheduled Wednesday 10 p.m. edition of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” finished second also with a 3.7/ 6, which was 16 percent below dominant “Chicago PD” on NBC (4.4/ 8). Third in the time period was ABC’s “Nashville” at a 3.0/ 5.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was waiting-to-be canceled medical drama “Heartbeat” at a fourth-place 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC was at typical Wednesday overnight levels care of 8-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Middle” (#2: 4.7/ 8), “The Goldbergs” (#2: 4.4/ 7), “Modern Family” (#2: 5.1/ 8) and “black-ish” (#3: 3.7/ 6) and perennially low-rated drama “Nashville” (#3: 3.0/ 5 at 10 p.m.), which is likely to get 13-finale episodes for next season. The CW, meanwhile, featured “Arrow” (#5: 1./6 3) and “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2), which heads into season 12 next season.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Good bounce back for SVU and PD although PD went up to 1.3 in the finals last week so a better week from SVU and Beyond Borders is toast.

    Not sure how you guys feel about this but if I were CBS struggling this much to launch new procedurals successfully I might actually consider moving Blue Bloods to a weeknight. That show is real strong and you can utilize its Friday slot for something that you believe in but no won’t be competitive during the week like they did with Hawaii Five-0 successfully.

  2. Well I must say that sucks for Joe….but the move actually strengthens Aubry’s game as Tai has fallen for her “persuasions”….my take is below:

    Joe: So close, yet so far….he would not of won but I think he would of finished 2nd, which is better than 5th

    Aubry: She is running the show and IMO the one to beat, her resume is getting bigger from losing an ally and bouncing back to being very low on the pecking order and manipulating (yes manipulating) Tai to switch thus giving her the advantage. Her alliance with Cydney is still strong and with Joe gone that tight two should be even tighter. Getting Tai to trust her again was brilliant and again with Joe gone Tai will feel safer with her than not. This girl IMO will make the final 3 and will win less she blows it at tribal (which I doubt). BTW, she is looking kind of nice lately, when she started out she was quite frumpy but no food and plenty of exorcize has done wonders for her hasn’t it?

    Cydney: She is in a good position and could be a force to reckon with in the finals as she has a good resume too….if she does not make it to the final 3 it is due to her attitude IMO. Her best bet is to get rid of Aubry, she will flat out lose to her, but may get votes vs. Tai as she has Michelle, Joe and Aubry on her side. Jason and Scott may be bitter to Tai so that may also work in her favor. Though I could also see her get no votes due to “attitude issues” at tribal

    Michelle: This dark horse has really come into her own, she is getting a lot of editing time lately which makes me think she will make the finals….Her resume is actually very good, alone from the merge (for the most part) she has made moves when it counted (confronting Tai) and also made sacrifices (Julia). She is also very smart and could surprise at the final 3 tribal….will she win? Doubtful, but if her two opponents fumble the ball she could win by default

    Tai: He has had good edits throughout the game, attached himself with the right people and let them lead the way….I always thought his betrayal of Jason and Scott was premature; His Idol and advantage have given him the edge over the others as well as his social game….what hasn’t worked for him as late is his moves since Scott was voted out. He has been under Aubry control IMO and its telling. His advantage and Idol were wasted and lastly his social game while good may not be respected by some of the other players (Julia/Scott/Jason). If Aubry is gone he should win, if Aubry stays and they are both in the finals then he may just lose.

    I love this game!

    As a last thought last night when Joe was about to leave Tai’s comments made me laugh….”everyone was crying” and only Tai is crying kind of made me laugh.

    When Joe left I started laughing as Tai kept kissing the guy, I joked with friends who were watching on what he was thinking “Joe is old but he’s still a man; The last man is gone, now who can I snuggle up to? Now I am only left with girls (Yuck!), I guess Cydney will do for now as she has muscles, but sadly no peepee”

    I’m so wrong….HAHAHAHAHA!

    • I like every member of this current Final Four of Survivor, in terms of personality and competitiveness. That might be the first time I felt that way since the F4 of Survivor Philippines.

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