Real O'Neals
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In advance of its regular-timeslot premiere next Tuesday, ABC’s new family comedy “The Real O’Neals” generated solid sampling with its two special preview episodes on Wednesday, a night won by CBS as “Survivor” shot up without “American Idol” competition.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC opened the night with a special 8 p.m. episode of “The Goldbergs” (2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and the first of two “Real O’Neal” episodes (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), with the shows combining for the same average of last week when both “The Middle” and “Goldbergs” delivered a 1.9 in their regular timeslots; they placed second to “Survivor” in most categories. “Goldbergs,” featuring a tribute to “Dirty Dancing,” was up 18% (0.2) week to week in 18-34 (1.3 vs. 1.1) and drew its largest overall audience since mid-November.

“Modern Family” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) edged up for its highest rating in three weeks, again standing as the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (3.3/9) and 18-34 (1.8/8), and the second “Real O’Neals” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) was able to match last week’s score for “Black-ish” as the network’s top performance in the 9:30 p.m. timeslot since Jan. 6.

ABC introduced “The Real O’Neals” in the same way it rolled out “Fresh Off the Boat” in February of last year, giving it a pair of Wednesday previews before shuffling it off to a tougher Tuesday timeslot. “O’Neals” isn’t expected to perform as well on Tuesday as it did last night, but its solid sampling suggests that it should be able to perform in line with, and perhaps help lift, “Fresh Off the Boat,” which had been leading off the night of late and been lackluster alongside “The Muppets.”

Closing last night for ABC, the season’s penultimate episode of “American Crime” did a low 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall, down a tenth from last week.

At CBS, “Survivor” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) looked a little healthier after a pair of sluggish performances to start this edition, rising 0.3 from last week and sweeping its hour. It was followed by “Criminal Minds” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), up a tenth from last week, and a special original episode of “CSI: Cyber” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s finale score for “Code Black.” CBS won the night in 18-49 (1.8), 25-54 (2.5) and total viewers (8.3 million).

Fox opened with soft ratings for “Rosewood” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which came in half a ratings point below its lowest regular to score to date, and even 0.2 behind its Thanksgiving eve number (1.1). When it preceded “Empire” in the fall, “Rosewood” was known for its big jumps in the second half-hour, suggesting pre-tune in for the soap. But last night, it actually ticked down in the un-rounded prelims (0.93 at 8 and 0.89 at 8:30). “Hell’s Kitchen” followed for Fox (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), down 0.3 from last week when “American Idol” served as its lead-in.

At NBC, the second-season finale of “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) made its case for renewal by rising 0.2 to match its season high. It was followed by “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and “Chicago PD” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), with the former up a tenth and the latter down the same week to week. “Chicago PD” again led its hour in 18-49 and 25-54 (2.0/6) while also prevailing in total viewers.

CW rested its Wednesday dramas “Arrow” and “Supernatural,” filling the night with new special “Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and a repeat of a “Mad TV” special (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

NBC had an especially dominant showing in late-night, meanwhile, with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (1.0) out-rating the combined preliminary 18-49 averages of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5) and CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” according to Nielsen’s markets with local people meters. Fallon’s guests on Wednesday included Tina Fey and Rachel Maddow.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” followed at 12:35 a.m. with a 0.6, which beat the 11:35 p.m. scores for Kimmel and Colbert and doubled up timeslot rival “Late Late Show with James Corden” (0.3) on CBS. And at 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” (0.4) delivered the same overnight demo rating as CBS’ Colbert two hours earlier.

In households, the top late-night ratings were: “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC), 3.0/8; “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC), 1.9/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS), 1.8/5; “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC), 1.5/5; and “Nightline” (ABC), 1.2/4.

 

 

 

 

 

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