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Updated Wednesday Ratings: CBS and NBC Share Dominance


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, October 11, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.24 million, NBC: 5.77, Fox: 5.22, ABC: 5.06, CW: 1.82

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.7 rating/6 share, ABC and CBS: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.60 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 7.73 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.86 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 5.64 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#1)

CW – Riverdale (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.33 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 4.34 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.10 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 6.08 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#1)

CW – Riverdale (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.28 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 6.21 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

Viewers: 7.96 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.49 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.68 million (#4), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#2)

CW – Dynasty (series premiere)
Viewers: 1.42 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – American Housewife
Viewers: 5.03 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1t)

Viewers: 7.81 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.95 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.49 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1t)

CW – Dynasty (series premiere)
Viewers: 1.24 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 4.84 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 6.18 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.03 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 4.35 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 5.68 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 5.91 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Wins the 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 and total viewers among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas.
    · Also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in adults, men and women 25-54; men and women 18-49; and adults and men 18-34.
    · Maintains 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2) and 96% in total viewers (5.972 million vs. 6.192 million).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +79% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.30 to a 2.33) and more than +4.0 million viewers overall (6.1 million to 10.2 million).

    “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Ranks #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in total viewers, and finishes within 0.4 of a rating point of the slot lead in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.6 for ABC’s comedies).
    · Builds by +33% on its lead-in in 18-49.
    · On a night of high-rated baseball competition, finishes within 0.1 of last week’s rating in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.3) and retains 98% in total viewers (5.720 million vs. 5.818 million).
    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “SVU” has grown by +70% this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.42 to a 2.41) and +3.2 million viewers overall (5.6 million to 8.8 million).

    “The Blacklist” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Is up +13% in 18-49 versus where the show was running at the end of last season on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. during the May sweep (0.9 vs. 0.8) and +16% in total viewers (5.630 million vs. 4.860 million).
    · On a night of Yankees-Indians baseball competition, finishes within 0.1 of a rating point of last week’s result in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 1.0) and retains 96% in total viewers (5.630 million vs. 5.871 million).
    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD – “Blacklist” is growing by +69% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (1.13 to a 1.91) and +3.3 million viewers overall (6.4 million to 9.7 million).
    · Upscale: “Blacklist” delivers a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 125 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.8/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.5/7; 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,” 0.5/3; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

    · 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,” 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “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 with an encore 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 are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.


    As a multi-platform network, a big part of The CW’s audience watches us on delayed viewing and digital platforms – this was especially true of Riverdale last season. So these numbers will change significantly when complete viewing across all platforms is counted.

    That being said… in preliminary fast affiliate numbers, Riverdale had a huge return last night in its new time period – compared to its first season premiere in January, it was up +67% in total viewers (2.3M), +100% in A18-34 (0.8/4), and +60% in A18-49 (0.8/3). Among women and teens that growth was even higher – +140% in W18-34 (1.2/6), +120% in W18-49 (1.1/4), and +467% in Teens 12-17 (1.7/2).

    Riverdale was The CW’s highest rated telecast among teens in five years (Vampire Diaries on 10/11/12).

    Compared to last season’s finale, Riverdale jumped +139% in total viewers, +167% in A18-34, and +100% in A18-49.

    Versus the time period average last season, Riverdale was up +31% in total viewers, +60% in A18-34, and +33% in A18-49.

    Riverdale was #1 in its time period in teens and female teens (2.8/19), and #2 (tie) in W18-34.

    Dynasty had a solid debut, comparable to Riverdale’s premiere last year, especially among women – it was up +150% in W18-34 (0.5/2) and +25% in W18-49 (0.5/2) compared to the time period last year, and even in total viewers (1.34M) and A18-34 (0.3/2) and A18-49 (0.4/1).

    Last season Riverdale averaged a +113% lift in 7-day delayed and digital viewing in A18-49 over its L+SD ratings, so these numbers will rise when multi-platform viewing is counted.


    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.1 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49): Holding exactly even week to week, ABC ranked #2 on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5-tie w/CBS) to Fox with Empire, beating NBC by 18% (1.1/4). ABC’s Modern Family nearly tied Fox’s Empire as Wednesday’s #1 TV series with Adults 18-49 (1.8/7 vs. 1.9/7). Last week after the two shows tied for the first time in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49, Modern Family moved 4% ahead of Empire in the Live + 3 Day ratings.

    · At 9pm, ABC’s Modern Family won its half-hour for the 3rd week running in Adults 18-49 (1.8/7), beating out Fox’s Empire-driven Star by 20% (1.5/6), CBS’ SEAL Team by 50% (1.2/4) and NBC’s L&O: SVU by 64% (1.1/4).

    · Delivering best-yet lead-in retention out of Modern Family in the 9:30pm half-hour (78%), ABC’s American Housewife ranked #1 in its slot for the 2nd week in a row with Adults 18-49 (1.4/5-tied w/Star), beating the second half-hours of NBC’s L&O: SVU by 8% (1.3/5) and CBS’ SEAL Team by 17% (1.2/4).

    · In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s Designated Survivor held even week to week with Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 (0.9/4) and, prior to the inclusion of L3 and L7 TV Playback, is just 3-tenths behind the drama leader in the hour. Designated Survivor Is Premiere Week’s #1 Gainer in Live + 7 Day Adults 18-49: One of only 2 shows to more than double its L+SD ratings during season premiere week, ABC Designated Survivor shot up by +127% in L+7 to lead the week, joining ABC’s HTGAWM (+109%) as the only other broadcast series to accomplish the feat.

  4. I like this CW Wednesday soap block actually checked out Riverdale for the first time ever and I liked what I seen but I was mad confused because it picked up from a cliffhanger so I guess I got to binge last season. Not sure I will have time to keep up with it every week but it’s a good show and I’m glad there’s a soap out there for teens or young people because the networks don’t really focus on the age group anymore. I’m glad CW returned to this genre last year with Riverdale.

    Now the show that I do plan on keeping up with is Dynasty I loved the original series so of course I was going to watch the reboot not surprised at the turnout but the show was awesome. Dynasty never needs to be a high-quality show just campy fun which is what it delivered. I’ve been missing the void of a primetime soap to get into since Dallas was off the air. I got into Empire for a little while until I gave up on it but Dynasty is one I can stick with. I love those CW style rich white girl soaps I’ve hated it that the superhero genre taken over most of the schedule which is why I haven’t watched the network the last 3-4 years outside of The Originals. Like I said Dynasty was so much fun and Liz Gillies was the standout star I loved her character so much she was a beast on here. I’m definitely watching this all season and keeping up with it.

    Ratings don’t matter for Dynasty especially after I heard Son of the Bronx’s podcast on the site and a couple of other trade reports about its heavy worldwide distribution and Netflix deal guaranteeing it a second season. I’m hopeful honestly in the future that Dynasty can catch on itself in the future and get sampled on Netflix so Dynasty is a fun show no doubt.

    • At this point everything on CW is guaranteed multiple seasons. They have made renewing flops a specialty.

      I also don’t buy the huge foreign sales for a second. Why would any foreign network pay a fortune for a reboot of an 80s soap when none of the previous ones did well? It just does not compute.

      But I’m glad you’re happy, Larry. 🙂

  5. Mark CBS needs to lower the median age of their lineup They have a lot of shows in double digit years and now have two more in the next two years with the Hawaii Five-0 remake and bluebloods going into season 10 in 2019 CBS needs to be bringing more new shows online and I need to be doing lot to support them

    • I’ve been saying that for years. 🙂

      So do all the other networks.

      They also need to stop hiring producers that make bad shows that flop…

  6. Navy Seal is not doing well, but looks great compared to this train wreck of a night.

    On CW, double flop of Riverdale and Dynasty (I told them for free not to do it…)

    • CBS’ problem this season will be Monday. Once The Big Bang Theory moves back to Thursday the night will collapse. 9JKL and Me, Myself & I are really bad, and Kevin Can Wait is just no good with Leah Remini. I used to like it, now I have lost interest.

      • Their problem (and all of the networks’ problem) is that it’s one more season without a hit (I’m assuming Young Sheldon will go down quickly but we’ll have to see).

        Without hits the system can’t run that long and that’s bad news for scripted TV… ;(