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Wednesday Overnights: ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Left at the Starting Gate on CBS

Sluggish Return for 'Jane the Virgin' on The CW

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.3/10, CBS: 3.3/ 6, Fox: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 2.1/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +47, CW: +17, CBS: -23, Fox: -26, ABC: -30

Ratings Breakdown:
New reality/competition “Million Dollar Mile” was left at the Wednesday starting gate on CBS, with a modest 2.6 rating/5 share in households in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was 45 percent below lead-in “Survivor” (#2: 4.7/ 8 at 8 p.m.), and it was 33 percent below year-ago time period occupant “SEAL Team” (3.9/ 7 on 3/28/18). Since most new series decline 10 to 20 percent in week two, I would not get too used to “Million Dollar Mile.”

Also on CBS was relocated sophomore “SEAL Team,” which finished a distant second in the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.7/ 5. Comparably, that trailed “Chicago PD” on NBC (#1: 4.9/ 9) by 45 percent. Third in the hour was ABC’s recently introduced “Whiskey Cavalier” at a series low 2.3/ 4.

In season premiere news, the fifth (and final) season of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” opened with a mere 0.7/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. (which led out of a 0.8/ 1 for “Riverdale”). As always, the durability of “Jane the Virgin” is a result of the critical acclaim (and not the audience size).

Elsewhere, “Chicago Med” on NBC topped the night with a 5.6/10 in households at 8 p.m. That led into an almost duplicate (and also dominant) 5.5/10 for “Chicago Fire” at 10 p.m. NBC, in fact, won all six half-hours last night.

Fox’s pairing of “Empire” (3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m.) and “Star” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 9 p.m.) was at typical Wednesday overnight levels. And ABC’s 8-10 p.m. sitcom block was all repeats.

What follows are the household overnight results by half-hour for Wednesday, March 20:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.5/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.8/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Schooled” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.6/10 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Million Dollar Mile” (series premiere): 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin” (season premiere): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Single Parents” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Million Dollar Mile” (series premiere): 2.5/ 4 (#2t)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin” (season premiere): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Whiskey Cavalier”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.9/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Whiskey Cavalier”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.8/ 9 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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