Wednesday Ratings: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Black-ish’ Power ABC on Sluggish Night

On a night of generally sluggish ratings across the board, ABC won Wednesday’s primetime ratings in the young-adults demo behind the night’s top two shows — “Modern Family” and “Black-ish” — while CBS prevailed in other categories thanks to “Survivor” and the season finale of “Criminal Minds.”

ABC, which has won the first two Wednesdays of a May sweep for the first time in 15 years, opened on the low side with “The Middle” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which was down 15% from last week, and “The Goldbergs” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which was off 10%; the comedies ranked second for the hour in 18-49. Faring better week to week were “Modern Family” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which was steady, and “Black-ish” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which was up 0.3 for its best rating in four telecasts. At 10 p.m., “Nashville” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) was down a tenth.

At CBS, “Survivor” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week but won the 8 o’clock hour across the board. It was followed by the season finale of “Criminal Minds” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), which was up only slightly from last week’s depressed ratings opposite NBC’s stronger-than-usual performance in the hour with its own crime drama; the CBS vet ranked second for its 9 p.m. hour in key demos and was the night’s most-watched program overall. Closing the night for CBS was rookie “CSI: Cyber” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), which matched its lowest score to date and remains on-the-bubble to return next season.

All three CBS shows easily won their timeslots in total viewers, and the net edged out ABC for the night’s lead in adults 25-54 (2.5 vs. 2.4).

At NBC, “Chicago PD” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) didn’t see any residual benefit from last week’s strong showing as part of a three-show crossover storyline, but it did build on its “SVU” lead-in. Its demo rating was enough to beat out the competing 10 p.m. dramas on both ABC and CBS. Earlier, “The Mysteries of Laura” matched its low (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: SVU” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) hit its low one week after spiking to a 2.1 rating with the conclusion of the crossover storyline with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”

Fox’s “American Idol” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was down a bit after two weeks of minor growth, placing third from 8 to 10. And at CW, both “Arrow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) matched last week’s scores.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.9/6; CBS, 1.7/6; Fox, 1.5/5; NBC, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.0/3; CW, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.8 million; Fox, 6.9 million; ABC, 6.5 million; NBC, 6.4 million; Univision, 2.6 million; CW, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million.

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