TV Ratings: ABC Wins Wednesday, ‘Lethal Weapon’ Holds Up

With no major interruptions to the broadcast schedule, Wednesday returned to its usual form in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. ABC took the crown in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and CBS won in total viewers, with an average audience of 6.65 million through the night.

ABC’s comedies held pretty much even from last week. “The Goldbergs” came in at a 1.9 and 6.9 million viewers. “Speechless” drew a 1.7 and 5.9 million. “Modern Family” brought in a 2.3 and 7.57 million. “Black-ish” notched a 1.7 and 5.75 million viewers. “Match Game” pulled in a 1.1 and 4.24 million viewers.

Fox has settled into an “Empire”-less groove. “Lethal Weapon” continues to hold up well, with a 1.4 in the demo and 6.42 million viewers. “Star” brought in a 1.4 and 4.3 million viewers.

NBC’s “Blindspot” dipped a tick to a 1.0 and 5.09 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” came in with a 1.4 and 6.1 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” capped off the night with a 1.5 and 6.55 million viewers.

CBS started off with an “Undercover Boss” that brought in a 1.1 in the demo and 6.11 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” built on that to a 1.4 and 7.53 million viewers. “Code Black” dipped to a 0.9 and 6.3 million viewers.

An “Arrow” repeat on The CW once again led into “Frequency,” which stayed low with a 0.2 in the demo and 753,000 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 advertisers.

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