TV Ratings: ‘Doubt’ Premieres Soft, ‘Lethal’ Could Be Fox’s Secret Weapon

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Wednesday night wasn’t an exceptionally good one for most of the shows on the guide. It wasn’t exceptionally bad, either, hovering instead in that grey sort of space best represented by the “shruggie” emoticon.

CBS premiered its newest midseason drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, at 10 p.m. It fared slightly worse than former slot occupant “Code Black,” drawing a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.29 million viewers. Earlier in the evening, “Hunted” stayed steady with a 1.2 in the demo and 5.37 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” brought in a 1.3 and 7.32 million viewers.

ABC won the night with a mixed bag of Wednesday comedies (some ticking up, some ticking down) and a new “Match Game.” “The Goldbergs” led off with a 1.8 in the demo and 6.46 million viewers. “Speechless” drew a 1.5 in the demo and 5.56 million viewers. “Modern Family” sank to a 2.0 in the demo — the top-rated show on the night by that metric, though — and 6.85 million viewers. “Black-ish” weighed in with a 1.5 and 5.33 million viewers. “Match Game” brought in a 0.9 in the demo and 3.61 million viewers.

Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” has turned into a stalwart performer for the network. The cop show drew a 1.4 in the demo and 6.31 million viewers on the whole — just slightly under the total draw for “The Goldbergs.” “Star” ticked down slightly to a 1.2 and 4.14 million viewers.

NBC’s “Blindspot” stayed steady with a 0.9 in the demo and 4.31 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU,” after its 400th episode, dipped back down to a 1.5 in the demo and 6.17 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” had a decent night with a 1.3 in the demo and 6.54 million viewers.

On The CW, “Arrow” stayed steady with a 0.6 in the demo and 1.67 million viewers, as did “The 100,” with a 0.4 and 1.07 million viewers.

As a reminder, many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make to advertisers.

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  1. Katie says:

    Love Katherine Heigl but will not watch the show. What is going on that you have to sit and watch a man dressed as a woman and maybe a love interest. My children will not be subject to this on TV. Could of been a great series, but people won’t watch.

  2. cadavra says:

    ABC must be giggling merrily that their old-skewing “Match Game” beat “Doubt” in the Demo.

  3. Moose says:

    And yet another attempt to force the dreaded PCism on the public crashes and burns.

  4. Fred says:

    Modern Family just tied its record low last night. ABC needs to quickly move Black-ish (their fan base must be loyal by now) to another night (Tuesday should work) and provide another comedy the chance to bask in the Modern Family glow while its still a hit. Next season might be too late.

  5. U.B. Yoo says:

    Sorry but this show sucks. Heigl is unlikable & the story line is weak, while the rest of the cast feels like CBS trying to cover a bunch of diversity hires before they get pulled over by the PC police again.

  6. Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox & Dule’ Hill commanded the screen as attorneys on Doubt. Every success with this one CBS!

  7. CBS has to give Code Black a renewal! I Doubt that Heigl’s show will catch on.

  8. Calmer says:

    Doubt is DOA. CBS should have known better.

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