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Wednesday Overnights: ‘Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular’ Leads NBC to Victory

Canceled CBS Medical Drama 'Code Black' Worthy of a Repreive

WEDNESDAY 7/04/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 2.7/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 3, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from Tuesday July 4, 2017:

CW: +25, Fox: +22, ABC: + 8, NBC: + 2, CBS: -16

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC topped the Wednesday overnights, as expected, care of the annual “Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular,” which averaged a 4.8 rating/10 share in households from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was nine percent above the year-ago July 4th telecast (4.4/ 4), and that 4.4 rating in the household overnights translated into 6.36 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same Day data).

Also original last night was “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 2.8/ 6 at 9 p.m.), which opposite NBC’s fireworks special dipped by 18 percent from its week-ago season-opener (3.4/ 6 in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour), and canceled Eye net medical drama “Code Black” (#2: 3.2/ 7). Comparably, “Code Black” increased by 22 percent in the overnight households from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Big Brother” (2.7/ 6). For a July 4th telecast, consider this another reason why CBS, or some other outlet, should keep “Code Black” alive next season.

The remainder of the evening was all encore telecasts.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 4 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 2.2/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”: 3.8/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 1.2/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 2.3/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”: 4.0/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 1.3/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 2.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”: 4.7/10 (#1)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 2.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”: 6.6/14 (#1)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 1.3/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (R): 3.2/ 7 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.3/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (R): 3.0/ 6 (#2)

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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