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Three Networks — ABC, CBS and Fox — Dominate Wednesday

NBC Still the Most-Improved Network

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Wednesday, February 17 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.18 million, NBC: 7.14, Fox: 6.11, ABC: 5.51, CW: 2.23

-Adults 18-49:
ABC, CBS and Fox: 1.6 rating/5 share each, NBC: 1.4/ 5, CW: 0.9/ 3


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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 7.22 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#3)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.69 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1t)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.39 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 7.94 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1t)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.53 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 5 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.30 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.17 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.19 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.42 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.28 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 7.40 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.19 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.19 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 4.28 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.03 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 5.78 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1t)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (R)
Viewers: 5.25 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 8.16 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1t)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.80 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.97 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.73 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 6.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.40 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 3.02 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 6.30 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.52 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    NBC has finished in a near-tie for the nightlong win in total viewers (7.144 million vs. 7.184 million for CBS, which may be boosted by local ACC Basketball preemptions) and ranked within 0.2 of a point of the nightlong lead in adults 18-49.

    “SVU” and “Chicago P.D.” are the #1-2 scripted shows of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers.

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “The Mysteries of Laura,” 1.6 rating in 18-49, 8.37 million viewers overall.

    · “Law & Order: SVU,” 3.2 in 18-49, 11.57 million.

    · “Chicago P.D.,” 2.9 in 18-49, 11.58 million.

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures.

    · Ranks #1 by a +33% margin among those nets in the slot in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.2 for CBS’s #2 “Code Black”).

    · Has now finished #1 or tied for #1 in 18-49 versus the time period’s regular ABC and CBS drama competition with last 30 regular-slot originals, dating back to November 2014.

    · Is the #2 scripted series of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers, behind only “SVU.”

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago P.D.” has increased by +68% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.57 to a 2.63) and 3.4 million viewers overall (6.8 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Is close to rounding up to a 1.7 rating in 18-49 (currently reporting a 1.64 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    · Is the #1 scripted series of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers.

    · Wins the hour in total viewers and is #2 or tied for #2 among the Big 4 in nearly all other key measures.

    · It’s the third straight “SVU” to grow in total viewers, up from 7.6 million viewers last week, 7.3 million viewers on Feb. 3 and 6.9 million on Jan. 20.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Law & Order: SVU” has grown by +68% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.69 to a 2.84) and 3.0 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Is up +7% versus the same night last year in total viewers (6.291 million vs. 5.861 million).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Laura” has increased by +39% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.12 to a 1.56) and 1.8 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 8.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: “Laura” is delivering a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 108 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.1/8; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.1/6; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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 a


    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.5 million and 1.6/5 in AD18-49): ABC ranked #1 on Wednesday for the 2nd week in a row in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5 – tied w/CBS and Fox). In fact the Net was #1 on the first two Wednesdays of the February sweep for the first time in 17 years – since Feb 1999. ABC’s Modern Family (2.4/8) topped Fox’s American Idol (+20% – 2.0/7) and the premiere of Survivor (+26% – 1.9/6) on the night to rank as Wednesday’s #1 TV show for its 3rd straight original in Adults 18-49.

    The Middle/The Goldbergs (8-9pm – 6.8 million and 1.9/7 in AD18-49): On average from 8-9pm The Middle and The Goldbergs (1.9/7) ran neck and neck in the hour with CBS’ season premiere of Survivor (2.0/7) and Fox’s American Idol (2.0/7), while beating its scripted competition on NBC by 90% (1.0/3 for The Mysteries of Laura). The Middle was up 6% week to week in Adults 18-49 (1.9/7 vs. 1.8/7) to a 5-week high – since 1/13/16.

    Modern Family/black-ish (9-10pm – 6.6 million and 2.1/7 in AD18-49): ABC won the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, leading by 31% over its closest competition (2.1/7 vs. 1.6/5 – CBS’ Survivor/Big Bang Theory and NBC’s L&O: SVU tied). Also in the hour, ABC’s comedies paced well ahead of Fox’s Idol-driven Hell’s Kitchen (+62% – 2.1/7 vs. 1.3/4).

    American Crime (10-11pm – 3.2 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49): In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s American Crime held steady week to week in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.9/3). Most Recent TV Playback: In the most-recent round of L+7 playback data (week of 1/25/16), ABC’s American Crime scored its biggest-ever playback increase among Adults 18-49, with a +78% jump over its L+SD rating (growing from a 0.9 to a 1.3 in L+7).


    CBS Live + Same Day Highlights



    · From 8:00-9:30 PM, the 90 minute spring premiere of SURVIVOR averaged 8.35m, 1.9 in A18-49 and 2.7 in A25-54. SURVIVOR was Wednesday’s #1 broadcast in viewers.

    · At 10:00 PM, CODE BLACK averaged 6.40m, 1.2 in A18-49 and 1.7 in A25-54.

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (7.18m), A18-49 (1.6, tie) and A25-54 (2.2, tie).

    Note: From 9:00-11:00 PM, CBS has preemptions in several North Carolina markets for Duke-UNC basketball.

  4. Very interesting milestone could’ve been made this week as Chicago PD had a chance to be NBC’s top rated show two weeks in a row for the first time in history. It’s tied so far with SVU and CF this week. So very good stuff from Chicago PD lately especially a day after the Chicago shows on Tuesday reached season-lows due to Hollywood Game Night going fractional. Like I stated last week with the Chris Harris, Jr. joke about the Broncos owning the AFC West for the last few years. This is definitely Chicago PD’s timeslot.

    Also another great job by SVU!

    Code Black hit a Code Blue as this show looks like it won’t be coming back especially if CM: BB does better so if you’re a Code Black fan you need to hope Beyond Borders fails to even have a chance of returning but what helps is that Limitless is doing just as bad on Tuesdays.

    Ouch for Survivor premiering under a 2.0 and losing to Idol not a good sign going into the future but the show is still very healthy but it’s possible that Survivor is on its way to getting mid 1s regularly.

    For FOX, I know you will be bringing Idol back you can’t live without it.

    Bad night also for ABC as the comedies were down and it’s just been a bad week and a bad season in general for the network after firing Paul Lee. I do like the direction they might be going in to duplicating CBS’ success with procedurals and NBC lately with copying CBS’ strategy over the past 15+ years. Castle was probably their most successful syndication asset in the past 10 years. It’ll be a challenge though for ABC to compete against CBS and NBC crime dramas so we’ll see how that turns out for them.

    • The news for NBC would be awful if its highest-rated show couldn’t pass the 8 million viewer bar…

      But it exemplifies the destruction Bob Greenblatt is leaving behind his management of a once-feared ratings juggernaut.

      • Yeah it looks fun, I like comedies like this with daughters who interrupt their parents lives. I liked Miranda Cosgrove on iCarly as well going to be good to see her back on television.

          • Yeah they’re going air just an hour of comedies with Carmichael’s return and Crowded right after Steve Harvey’s Big Shots. They might be just experimenting with it this season as this move was obviously made as an answer to their troubles earlier this season on Fridays. If it works better for better maybe they’ll try this out again next season after Sunday Night Football ends.

  5. Survivor down from a year ago but still steady.

    Hell’s Kitchen needs to be a summer show only.

    NBC’s crime block is holding steady. I still have a feeling they will renew Mysteries of Laura and you’d think movie it to Friday which skews a bit older

      • I’m shocked they didn’t keep the original L&O on the air at least one season to make a record. I am confident they will let SVU stay on the air as long as Dick Wolf wants it as long as the ratings justify it

          • I think NBC is heading in the right direction. Maybe these Chicago shows won’t win Emmys, put the viewers are indeed responding.

            • I’m curious why you think it is.

              The overall audience is really a function of Football at this point and I’ve seen no real improvement from last year as adding another so-so-rated Chicago show only made up for losses from the likes of The Blacklist.

              I think it’d be really interesting to do a real survey of scripted ratings, but when I started doing it last year, nobody seemed to want to discuss the data and I’m pretty sure what it’ll yield so I won’t spend the time just for myself.

              To me it’s pretty clear that there’s no chance for meaningful improvement in scripted fare as long as Greenblatt picks the shows (not that it’s likely a replacement would do better as Newman and Walden showed at FOX – unless they’re chosen “outside the serail”).