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Wednesday Overnights: Drama Trio Leads NBC to Overnight Victory

CBS' 'The Amazing Race' and Fox's '9-1-1' Remain Standouts

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +40, Fox: +66, CBS: – 5, ABC: – 8, CW: -36

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led the Wednesday household overnights, besting second-place CBS by two-tenths of a rating point (or five percent). Only four-tenths of a household rating point separated the three NBC dramas, with “The Blacklist” at a 4.2 rating/7 share at 8 p.m. (#2), followed by veteran “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 4.0/ 6) and “Chicago PD” (#1: 4.4/ 8) from 9-11 p.m. And the password is consistency.

The Wednesday 9 p.m. hour offered another competitive battle between the three scripted dramas, with Fox’s recently introduced “9-1-1” first at a 4.2/ 7, followed by CBS’ freshman “SEAL Team” (#2: 4.1/ 7), and NBC’s aforementioned “Law & Order: SVU.” Of note for already renewed “9-1-1” was overnight growth out of lead-in “The X-Files” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) of 68 percent, and growth from year-ago time period occupant “Star” (3.0/ 5 on 2/01/17) of 40 percent.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was rejuvenated “The Amazing Race” at a dominant 4.3/ 7 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, that was 26 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Hunted” (3.4/ 5 on 2/01/17). But aging “Criminal Minds” on the Eye net at 10 p.m. (#2: 3.4/ 7) was 21 percent below medical drama “Code Black” on the year-ago evening (4.3/ 8). “Code Black” will return for season three on Wednesday, May 2.

Elsewhere, ABC featured encore telecasts of 8-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.1/ 5), “Speechless” (#4: 2.2/ 4), “Modern Family” (#4: 2.4/ 4) and “American Housewife” (#4: 2.0/ 3), followed by “The Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 10 p.m. (#3: 2.0/ 4). And The CW was at typical Wednesday overnight levels care of “Riverdale” (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and Friday-bound “Dynasty” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, January 31 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “The Blacklist”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The X-Files”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.3/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “9-1-1”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CW – “Dynasty”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Match Game”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Match Game”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds”: 3.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. You don’t have Blacklist at the 8:30PM time (Speechless didn’t air on NBC at 8:30). It had a 4.3 for both half hours so Blacklist should be #1 at 8:30PM.