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Updated Wednesday Ratings: ‘Star’ Fits Well Out of ‘Empire’ on Fox


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.00 million, NBC: 5.53, ABC: 4.97, Fox: 4.94, CW: 1.38

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.5 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.3/ 5, ABC: 1.2/ 5, NBC: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC –The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 7.90 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1t)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.43 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 5.35 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1t)

CW – Riverdale
Viewers: 1.87 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC –Speechless
Viewers: 4.33 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.11 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.18 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 5.73 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1t)

CW – Riverdale
Viewers: 1.67 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 6.14 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

Viewers: 7.15 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.32 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.36 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

CW – Dynasty
Viewers: 993,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – American Housewife
Viewers: 5.10 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

Viewers: 6.91 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.84 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.32 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

CW – Dynasty
Viewers: 964,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 4.66 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 6.01 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1t)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 5.80 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1t)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 4.11 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 5.81 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 5.60 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    • It was always very, very close… 😉

      But yes, for all the PR spin CW tried to put on it, the mayonnaise did not take.

  1. Chicago PD probably had their best quality episode of the series so far last night as season 5 is looking like their best I think their numbers once the baseball playoffs are over are gonna go back up as I’m sure the word of mouth will get around about how good to this season has been without Sophia Bush.

    Enjoying Dynasty a lot right now as a guilty pleasure but I might be checking out on Riverdale I did not like last night’s episode at all.

    Was CBS premature on that SEAL Team full season pickup? Criminal Minds should move back to that slot or let SWAT move there.

    • I like the seal team criminal minds I liked when they had other actors I still whatch it but if it gets canceled I do not care

      • Criminal Minds is a show right now that had a great run definitely a true hit crime drama and I used to love it. It can end now and I don’t think many people will miss it. SEAL Team was a real disappointment for me I don’t like it, honestly Valor on CW is surprisingly much better. I wish CBS would’ve kept it for themselves and just put David Boreanaz on that show.

          • I’d definitely take Valor over The Brave and SEAL Team, it’s different than the other two shows but it has much more substance and more well put together. Valor might not be your speed though but it’s not really a CW type drama either though.

        • I watched it until the first episode without Mandy Patinkin.

          Saw a more recent one recently., At least they have given up on the shakycam that appeared immediately after Mandy left (he clearly was preventing them from sabotaging the show). The scripts also took a dive after Mandy left.

          He may have been “difficult” but he made the show into a hit and they’ve been living off of that start.

          I remember fondly the Variety review that said the show didn’t stand a chance with audiences… 🙂

          • I can’t exactly remember when I stopped watching it but it somewhere earlier in this decade like right around the time CSI: NY moved to Fridays I believe maybe a little after that point as I started going over to NBC to watch SVU and Chicago Fire.

            The show definitely got worse and lost a lot of quality after Mandy left but it was still watchable for a few years after that. The casting changes really took a toll after a while too.

            • My personal experience was that the first episode without Mandy was so awful I didn’t even finish watching it. They started shakycam’ing it and I was done with it.

              I love Joe Mantegna, but intentionally bad directing made that moot (and I think it’s obvious Mandy stopped them from doing that).

              • I always hated shakycam in any project so I agree with you there.

                CM to me was always great because of Shemar Moore and the cases for me so until I got tired of watching Shemar Moore that’s when I was out on it. Joe Mategna is great he did well but he could’ve been written better himself.

                Mandy was a smart dude he knew things were falling off and got off the ship before it burst.

                • No to shakycams!! 😀

                  I agree with you. They didn’t write such a great part for Mantegna to play.

                  Mandy has a history of doing that too… He bailed out (but on good terms) of Chicago Hope and came back as an occasional guest and then toplined the last season. It looks from afar that he may be too involved with every aspect and burns himself out. At least that’s what it looked like on CM.

                  He has a hilarious cameo as himself in “Frankie and Johnny Are Married” (by Chicago Hope director Michael Pressman, also playing himself) that is hilarious and appears to have been entirely improvised (at least he has a sense of humor abut himself)… It’s worth fast-forwarding through the rest of the movie (which isn’t very good unfortunately).

      • It’s one of those shows where if it got cancelled nobody probably would care but I love Valor on The CW I think that’s the better military drama.

    • Am I to understand you think Sophia BUsh was an impediment to the show?

      You’ll be happy to know Hollywood just gave her not one, but two shows to develop because of her producing genius and the fact she’s a super-star… 🙁 Once agian, it’s who you are, not if you have any talent…

      CBS was premature of course. Moonves’ team is aping all the bad habits of the failed competition. Renewing shows quickly is something you should never do. It serves no purpose. The show can’t go elsewhere and it makes no difference to the product.

      • That’s very true I couldn’t say it any better. These past few episodes of CPD has showed me how overrated she is. I don’t think she hurt the show when she was on there but she held it back from being better. Like you said she’s living off of her name now. She might be a better producer than actress.

        Man SEAL Team is a perfect example of that he is incorporating bad habits. He is so desperate to make money off the shows he owns that he will keep the low scoring ones like Elementary and now SEAL Team just to keep them on the air. I know you already know the answer to this but I wonder if he gave SEAL Team a full season for PR purposes?

        • I doubt she’ll be any better as a producer, unless you count getting money handed over for no particular reason as being “good”…

          I don’t know what happened to Les when he moved upstairs, but CBS started copying the bad habits of its competitors. Young Les would never have let Elementary on for over 13 episodes…

          The early renewals are business folly as they achieve nothing while locking you into an as-yet-unproven product.

          Showtime started the trend years ago (I recall a Hank Azaria show being renewed before it aired to next-to-no ratings – I quite liked it so that was great for me but a braid-dead business decision) and like all stupid ideas, it was immediately picked up by the rest of cable and now the networks are imitating it.

          It’s supposed to demonstrate to a cynical public that it’s “safe” to start watching the show that it won’t go away quickly.

          The problem is the audience goes away and the shows stay…

  2. That all those supposedly great hit shows fail to bet, or even get close to Survivor tells you everything you need to know about their quality… 🙁

    I do disagree about Star. Empire is no longer even solid and Star does worse. That the night isn’t as mind-bogglingly awful as other FOX nights shouldn’t get them by-default kudos… 🙂

    • Survivor sucks I do not like reality shows just dancing with the stars and if you think you can dance and other shows that involves music

      • That’s kind of my point. If you can’t beat a show like that, what does that tell you about the quality of all the scripted shows that night..?

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