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Wednesday Overnights: Soft Returns for ‘SEAL Team’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS

Clean Household Overnight Sweep for NBC's Chicago-Set Trio

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.6/10, CBS and Fox: 3.6/ 6 each, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +44, ABC: – 9, Fox: -12, CBS: -25, CW: -33

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC scored a Wednesday household overnight sweep with its Chicago-set combination of “Chicago Fire” (5.6 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Chicago Med” (#1 for the night: 5.9/10 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (5.3/10 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, the network increased by 44 percent in the overnight households from the year-ago evening. And the advantage for “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” over the season premiere episodes of CBS’ “SEAL Team” (#3: 3.3/ 5 at 9 p.m.) and veteran “Criminal Minds” (#2: 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m.) was 79 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Note to Dick Wolf: congratulations.

Comparably, “SEAL Team” returned 42 percent below its series-opener on the year-ago evening (5.7/10 on 10/04/17). “Criminal Minds,” meanwhile, dropped by 27 percent from its season premiere one year earlier (4.4/ 8).

Earlier in the evening on CBS was “Survivor” at a below average (but still respectable) 4.6/ 7 in the 8 p.m. hour.

In week two news, ABC sitcom “Single Parents” decreased by 14 percent, with a 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, this was equal to “American Housewife” on the year-ago evening. Drama “A Million Little Things” suffered more serious erosion, with a 2.8/ 5 (#3) at 10 p.m. down by 28 percent from its 3.9/ 7 week-ago opening. One year earlier drama “Designated Survivor” scored a 3.4/ 6 in the 10 p.m. hour. Unfortunately, “A Million Little Things” is no “This Is Us.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the sitcom combination of “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.4/ 6), “American Housewife” (#4: 3.1/ 5) and “Modern Family” (#2: 3.8/ 6) from 8-9:30 p.m.

In series finale news was CW drama “The Burden of Truth” at a typically modest 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m. That led into a repeat of “Supergirl” at a 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m. “Supergirl” opens in its new Sunday 8 p.m. time period on Oct. 14.

Fox capped off the night with its combination of “Empire” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and “Star” (#4: 3.1/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which were both down from their week-ago openers.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 26 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs”: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Burden of Truth”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.1/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “Empire”: 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CW – “Burden of Truth”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “SEAL Team” (season premiere): 3.3/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.9/10 (#1)
Fox – “Star”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Single Parents”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.9/10 (#1)
Fox – “Star” (season premiere): 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.3/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season premiere): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 5.5/10 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (season premiere): 3.1/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 5.0/10 (#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. Really great decision by NBC to put the Chicago shows together that +44 year-to-year is pretty sick! Med had a higher overnight than New Amsterdam this week.

  2. Wow, the ratings are abysmal when the Chicago trio are considered hits in a country of well over 300 million people! It seems very few are interested in watching live, commercial television. And is this the end for “Survivor?” It lost momentum it looks like it actually suffered erosion in its second half hour.

  3. Wow, the ratings are abysmal when the Chicago trio are considered hits in a country of well over 300 million people. It seems very few are interested in watching live, commercial television. And is this the end for “Survivor?” It lost momentum it looks like it actually suffered erosion in its second half hour.

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