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Wednesday Overnights: Chicago Set Franchise Leads NBC to Victory

Modest Opening for ABC Drama 'A Million Little Things'

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.3/ 9, CBS: 4.2/ 7, Fox: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.7/ 6, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +32, CW: no change, ABC: – 5, Fox: -15, CBS: -21

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC topped this first Wednesday of the new TV season care of the season premiere installments its trio of Chicago-themed dramas: “Chicago Med” (5.4 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Chicago Fire” (5.6/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (4.9/ 9 at 10 p.m.). Each drama won its time period in the overnight households and the three, on average, bested the combination of “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Med” one year earlier by 32 percent.

In series premiere news, ABC sitcom “Single Parents” was sampled at a third-place 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, that was equal to “American Housewife” on the year-ago evening, and it held 10 percent of its “Modern Family” lead-in (#3: 4.0/ 7 at 9 p.m.). Comparably, this 10th season premiere of “Modern Family” was 17 percent below its year-ago season-opening overnight tally (4.8/ 8 on 9/27/17).

At 10 p.m. on ABC was the series premiere of drama “A Million Little Things,” which finished second behind “Chicago PD” with a 3.9/ 7 in households. Comparably, this was on par with the season premiere of “Designated Survivor” on the year-ago evening. Since most new network series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider this a modest start for “A Million Little Things.”

Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net from 8-9 p.m. were the season premiere episodes of comedies “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.6/ 6), which slipped by 10 percent from the year-ago opener (4.0/ 7), and “American Housewife” (#4: 3.2/ 5).

Over at CBS, a 90-minute installment of veteran “Survivor,” themed “David vs. Goliath,” scored a respectable 4.8/ 8 from 8-9:30 p.m., which was just six percent below the 5.1/ 9 year-ago season premiere. The clock keeps ticking on “Survivor”!

“Survivor” led into the 90-minute season finale of “Big Brother,” which scored a 3.6/ 6 from 9:30-11 p.m. As for “Swaggy C” proposing to Bayleigh, note to producer Allison Grodner: I do believe most “Big Brother” fans would have preferred hearing from Kaitlyn and Rachel instead. I mean, wasn’t Rachel’s exit the most abrupt departure in “Big Brother” history?

Also opening their seasons was Fox’s combination of dramas “Empire” (#3: 4.7/ 8) and “Star” (#4: 3.5/ 6) from 8-10 p.m. Compared to their year-ago season premieres, the slippage was 15 percent from “Empire” and 12 percent for “Star.”

The CW capped off the evening with an original installment of “Burden of Truth” (#5: 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m.) into an encore telecast of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 26 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (season premiere): 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor” (season premiere): 4.9/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (season premiere): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire” (season premiere): 4.6/ 8 (#3)
CW – “Burden of Truth”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (season premiere): 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor” (season premiere): 4.7/ 8 (#2t)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (season premiere): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire” (season premiere): 4.7/ 8 (#2t)
CW – “Burden of Truth”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (season premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor” (season premiere): 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season premiere): 5.6/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star” (season premiere): 3.5/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Single Parents” (series premiere): 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season premiere): 5.6/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things” (series premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 3.6/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season finale): 4.9/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things” (series premiere): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 3.6/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire” (season finale): 4.8/ 9 (#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. Oh, snap the Chicagoans rocked it last night didn’t see that one coming for sure. NBC on a role right now nice little parting present for Greenblatt this week. Nice surprise here and I’m not surprised A Million Little Things flopped right out of the gate, there’s only one TIU all of these duplicates need to stop.