ABC’s ‘Final Witness’ starts slowly

NBC rolls on Wednesday as expanded 'Talent' tops night

It’s been a tough summer for new broadcast shows, and ABC’s ”Final Witness” did nothing to change that with its weak bow Wednesday. The night instead was led easily by NBC with a two-hour ”America’s Got Talent.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Final Witness” averaged a mere 1.0 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour, placing fourth among the broadcasters in 18-49 and tying for third in adults 25-54 (1.4/4). A year ago, on the comparable night, the debut of ”Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief” fared a bit better in demos 18-49 (1.2 rating in 18-49 and 1.6 in 25-54). The docudrama features dramatic re-enactments of grisly crimes and features the murder victims telling their stories.

ABC aired repeat comedies earlier on the night, starting with ”The Middle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and ”Suburgatory” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and then ”Modern Family” at both 9 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and 9:30 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall).

NBC won the night, getting more solid numbers from U.S. Olympic swimming trials (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), followed by an expanded, two-hour installment of ”America’s Got Talent” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which was airing for a third straight night. Though it dominated its time period and was the night’s No. 1 show in just about every category, ”Talent” matched its summer low.

At Fox, ”So You Think You Can Dance” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) was down from last week when it faced lesser competition, but matched its year-ago score. It won the 8 o’clock hour in adults 18-49 and finished second to NBC’s ”Talent” for the 9 o’clock hour; ”Dance” also ruled as Wednesday’s No. 1 show in women 18-34 (2.6/9).

CBS’ ”Dogs in the City” continued its struggles in the 8 o’clock hour (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), as the net fared better with encores of veteran dramas ”Criminal Minds” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

Univision ran third for the night in 18-49, led by ”La Que No Podia Amar” at 10 p.m. (1.6/6 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.5/8; Fox, 2.0/7; Univision, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.1/4; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.3 million; Fox, 5.6 million; CBS, 5.5 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.7 million.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading