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Wednesday Overnights: Modest Returns for ABC Sitcom Season-Enders

Another Household Overnight Sweep for the NBC 'Chicago' Trio

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.0/ 9, CBS: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 2.5/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Change Versus the Year Ago Evening:
NBC: +25, Fox: – 9, ABC: -11, CW: -14, CBS: -15

Ratings Breakdown:
It was another household overnight sweep for NBC with its “Chicago”-set drama trio: “Med” (#1 for the night: 5.3 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Fire” (5.2/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “PD” (4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m.). NBC would certainly be wise to leave these three dramas intact on Wednesday night next season.

There were six season finales: ABC’s 8-10 p.m. sitcom block – “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m.), “Schooled” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.), “Modern Family” (#2: 3.3/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and “Single Parents” (#4: 2.0/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.); and Fox dramas “Empire” (#3: 3.6/ 6 at 8 p.m.) and “Star” (#4: 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.). ABC would be wise to canceled both “Schooled” and “Single Parents.” And Fox should bring back “Star” for midseason if it does decide to pair “Empire” with new companion series “Filthy Rich.”

Elsewhere, CBS’ veteran “Survivor” was consistent at a 4.7/ 8 (#2) in the 8 p.m. Go Devins! And that led into a typical 3.0/ 5, which is a current addiction thanks to the combination of teams from “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race.” Personally, I could not have been happier about the results last night.

At 10 p.m., CBS’ sophomore “SEAL Team,” which is not necessarily worthy of a third season, bested competing “Whiskey Calavier” on ABC by 40 percent in the household overnights (2.8/ 5 vs. 2.0/ 4).

The CW, meanwhile, was at typical Wednesday overnight levels as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (season finale): 3.3/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Schooled” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Riverdale”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (season finale): 3.3/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star” (season finale): 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Single Parents” (season finale): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Star” (season finale): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Whiskey Cavalier”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Whiskey Cavalier”: 1.9/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. ABC’s numbers are truly awful even “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family” are circling the drain ratings’ wise. I bet stockholders and local news are none too pleased about it.

  2. From NBC
    NBC’S “CHICAGO” LINEUP DOMINATES WEDNESDAY IN TOTAL VIEWERS, “MED” & “FIRE” ARE THE #1-2 SHOWS OF THE NIGHT

    “P.D.” WINS AT 10 AMONG THE ABC-CBS-NBC DRAMAS BY +50% IN 18-49, +2.2 MILLION PERSONS IN TOTAL VIEWERS, BEATS THOSE DRAMAS IN EVERY KEY RATINGS MEASURE

    DESPITE LAST WEEK’S PREEMPTION, “CHICAGO MED” RETAINS 100% IN 18-49, TAKES THE 8 P.M. HOUR IN VIEWERS OVER “SURVIVOR” & “EMPIRE”

    “CHICAGO FIRE” WINS THE 9 P.M. TIMESLOT IN VIEWERS BY +3.2 MILLION PERSONS OR +71%

    Wednesday Primetime Ratings:

    NBC wins the night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers, with “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” scoring as the #1-2 shows of the night on those nets.

    NBC’s Wednesday schedule of “Chicago” dramas has ranked as the #1 regular lineup in total viewers on 19 of the 20 Wednesdays it’s aired so far this season.

    Last night’s total-viewer margin of victory was +2.0 million persons or +38% (7.3 million vs. 5.3 million for #2 CBS).

    “Chicago Med” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Is the #1 most-watched show of the night on the Big 4 networks.

    · Wins the hour in total viewers, topping such timeslot competition as “Survivor” and “Empire.”

    · Despite last week’s preemption, retains 100% versus its prior telecast in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0 on April 24) and 98% in total viewers (7.746 million vs. 7.889 million).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Med” is growing by +119% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.22 to a 2.67).

    “Chicago Fire” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Is the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med.”

    · Ties for the timeslot victory among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and takes the hour outright among those nets in adults, men and women 25-54 and total viewers.

    · Despite last week’s preemption, wins the hour among the Big 4 in total viewers by +3.2 million persons or +71% (7.713 million persons vs. 4.504 million for CBS’ second-place “Amazing Race).

    · Will grow substantially via time-shifting and VOD – “Fire” is increasing by +137% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.23 to a 2.91).

    “Chicago P.D.” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins the timeslot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key category.

    · Wins the hour by a +50% margin among the those dramas in adults 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.6 for CBS’ second-place “SEAL Team”) and by +2.2 million persons or +54% inn total viewers (6.336 million vs. 4.118 million for “SEAL Team”).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “P.D.” has grown by +164% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.12 to a 2.96).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.8/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.3/2; “Late Show,” 0.4/3 and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.3/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.2/2 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.1/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  3. FROM CBS
    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Ratings Highlights

    “SURVIVOR: EDGE OF EXTINCTION” TOPS WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN KEY DEMOS

    At 8:00 pm, SURVIVOR: EDGE OF EXTINCTION (7.23m) was the night’s top program in key demos with a 2.0 in A25-54 and a 1.4 in A18-49.

    At 9:00 pm, THE AMAZING RACE finished second in viewers (4.50m).

    SEAL TEAM was #2 at 10:00 pm in viewers (4.12m), A25-54 (0.9) and A18-49 (0.6).