Comedy block brings slight bump to ABC

With two of the top three shows in the 18-49 demo, CBS won the Wednesday night ratings race as the Eye saw increases across the board.

Survivor: Nicaragua” (3.7 rating/11 share in the 18-49 demo with 14.4 million total viewers) and “Criminal Minds” (3.8/10, 14.4m) rose 6% and 12%, respectively, in the demo. “The Defenders (2.3/7, 9.9m) saw a 10% bump.

Last Wednesday was the opening night of the World Series and, clearly, part of that Fox aud came over to CBS now that the baseball season is done.

ABC ran it’s two-hour comedy block with only a slight decrease for always strong “Modern Family” (4.8/13, 12.2m) and resilient “Cougar Town (3.0/8, 7.5m). In the 8 o’clock hour, both “The Middle” (2.9/9, 9.4m) and “Better With You” (2.5/7, 7.9m) were relatively even from a week ago, with both series matching their demo highs. The rookie comedy hit a series high in total viewers.

Alphabet pulled struggling 10 p.m. drama “The Whole Truth” and replaced it with “In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts” (1.9/5, 6.1m). Special, which produced season highs in the demo and the highest total audience in the timeslot since December 2009, tied NBC’s freshman skein “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (1.9/6, 7.7m).

NBC continues to lose traction with 8 o’clock drama “Undercovers” (1.3/4, 5.8m), down 7% and now at its lowest demo mark of the season. “Law & Order” SVU” (2.1/6, 7.9m), one of the few bright spots in the Peacock lineup, had an off night and was down 21% from last week, marking its lowest demos of the season as well.

Fox, without baseball, was a nonplayer by offering two “Hell’s Kitchen” reruns (1.3/4, 3.2m and 1.4/4, 3.1m, respectively) that saw little traction.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model (1.3/4, 2.9m) was up 12% in total viewers from a week ago and saw a slight jump in the women’s 18-34 and 18-49 demos. “Hellcats” (0.9/2, 1.9m) was flat versus last week’s performance.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.3/9; ABC, 2.8/8; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.3/4; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.1 million; ABC, 8.2 million; NBC, 7.1 million; Univision, 4.2 million; Fox, 3.2 million; CW, 2.4 million.

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