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Wednesday Overnights: Clean Sweep for NBC; ‘All American’ Left at the Starting Gate on The CW

The Chicago-Set Triple Play Remains the Success of the Season

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.2/ 9, CBS: 3.8/ 7, Fox: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +30, ABC: – 6, Fox: -12, CBS: -17, CW: -31

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s Chicago-set Wednesday drama line-up remains the success story of this new television season with a clean overnight household sweep care of “Chicago Med” (#1 for the night: 5.5 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Chicago Fire” (5.4/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (4.7/ 9 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, this was 30 percent, on average, above the year-ago evening.

In series premiere news, CW drama “All American” was left at the overnight starting gate, with a mere 0.5/ 1 in households in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, this was 58 percent below the season premiere of lead-in “Riverdale” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and 44 percent below the series premiere of the reboot of “Dynasty” on the year-ago evening (0.9/ 2 on 10/11/17). Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, “All American” certainly does not live up to its title.

“Riverdale,” meanwhile, opened 25 percent below the 1.6/ 3 on the year-ago evening.

On CBS, veteran “Survivor” remained consistent at a 4.7/ 8 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. But sophomore “SEAL Team” at 9 p.m. (#3: 3.5/ 6) has sprung a leak, slipping by 29 percent from the year-ago evening (4.9/ 8 on 10/11/17). And that did not help lead-out “Criminal Minds” (#2: 3.3/ 6 at 10 p.m.), which really does need to end this year.

In week three news, ABC sitcom “Single Parents” dropped to an unacceptable 2.7/ 4 at 9:30 p.m., which was 13 percent below the 3.1/ 5 one week earlier and 16 percent below the 3.2/ 5 for year-ago time period occupant “American Housewife.” Overnight retention for “Single Parents” out of “Modern Family” (#2: 3.9/ 7 at 9 p.m.) was also lacking at 69 percent.

Airing out of “Single Parents” on ABC was week three of relationship drama “A Million Little Things” at a third-place 2.9/ 5 at 10 p.m. Comparably, however, that was a slight improvement from the 2.8/ 5 one week earlier. Year-ago time period occupant “Designated Survivor” scored a 3.2/ 6.

Fox capped off the evening with its pairing of dramas “Empire” (#3: 4.1/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and “Star” (#4: 3.1/ 5 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 10 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale” (season premiere): 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale” (season premiere): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CW – “All American” (series premiere): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Single Parents”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CW – “All American” (series premiere): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.6/ 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. Gotta agree with Marc the Chicago triplets are the success of the season who would’ve had this trio leading the night and being this consistent through three weeks. NBC took one of the biggest gambles in history and its paid off big time for them.

    Sad All American didn’t do better way better quality than overrated Riverdale.

    • I thought All American would have done better hoping it does well in the international market & on Netflix once the season is done glad The CW added more EP’s to All American before the season started.

      • Yeah it’s a shame it didn’t do better but hopefully, it does well in the international markets and people discover it on Netflix. I’m glad too that CW gave it more EPs as well.

  2. NBC made the right move putting all the Chicago’s on Wednesday

    Back in the day Criminal Minds was an underrated show on CBS. Now it has terrible ratings and can’t be getting any c heaper. I think it is time to retire the show.

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