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Wednesday Overnights: ‘9-1-1’ on Fox Earns its Renewal Stripes

NBC Inches Past CBS for Victory

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.3/ 7, CBS: 4.2/ 7, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +60, ABC: +10, NBC: + 2, Fox: no change, CBS: – 7

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC inched past CBS for Wednesday overnight dominance with its combination of the 100th episode of “The Blacklist” (#2: 4.2 rating/7 share), “Law & Order: SVU” (#2t: 4.2/ 7) and “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.4/ 8).

Only one-tenth of a rating point separated the three scripted crime solvers in the 9 p.m. hour, with freshman “SEAL Team” on CBS first with a 4.3/ 7, followed by episode three of Fox’s just renewed “9-1-1” and NBC’s aforementioned “Law & Order: SVU” each at a 4.2/ 7. But what makes “9-1-1” the standout was overnight growth out of lead-in “The X-Files” (#4: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.) of 56 percent and growth from year-ago time period occupant “Star” (2.9/ 5 on 1/18/17) of 45 percent.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was rejuvenated “The Amazing Race” at a dominant 4.5/ 7 at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m. on the Eye net was veteran “Criminal Minds” at a second-place 3.7/ 7, which is likely in its final season.

Elsewhere, ABC had nothing unusual to report with its midweek line-up of 8-10 p.m. comedies “The Goldbergs” (#2t: 4.3/ 7), “Speechless” (#3: 3.2/ 5), “Modern Family” (#2t: 4.2/ 7) and “American Housewife” (#4: 3.1/ 5), followed by “The Match Game” at a distant third-place 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m. And The CW featured “Riverdale” (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Dynasty” (#5: 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which is being shipped to the Friday 9 p.m. hour to likely finish its one season run on March 9.
What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, January 17 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 4.3/ 7 (#2t)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (100th episode): 4.3/ 7 (#2t)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.8/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 4.2/ 7 (#2t)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.2/ 7 (#2t)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.2/ 7 (#2t)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.2/ 7 (#2t)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.2/ 7 (#2t)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.7/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. What I really noticed in the “9:00 hour” was the even distribution between the 4 networks. They truly provided something for everyone at that time and enjoyed a decent rating for their effort! Maybe everyone was driven inside by winter weather in addition to great storytelling. Modern Family last night was so much better than their recent “milestone” show.