TV Ratings: ‘Star’ Finale Ticks Up, ‘Designated Survivor’ Steady

Star Finale Ratings
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The last batch of Nielsen’s delayed fast national ratings are in for Wednesday evening. Not a single series cracked a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic that night.

ABC won the night in the demo, though, with some mostly down comedies and “Designated Survivor.” “The Goldbergs” led off with a 1.5 in the demo and 5.48 million viewers. “Speechless” ticked down to a 1.3 and 4.61 million viewers. “Modern Family” came in at a 1.9 and 6.11 million viewers. “Black-ish” ticked up to a 1.5 and 4.9 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” held roughly steady with last week, notching a 1.3 and 5.69 million viewers.

CBS’ undesignated “Survivor” brought in a 1.7 in the demo and 7.76 million viewers. Original Flavor “Criminal Minds” drew a 1.3 and 7.32 million viewers overall. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” pulled in 5.37 million viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo.

NBC had an encore recap edition of “The Voice,” which brought in a 1.6 in the demo and 7.56 million viewers, followed by a repeat “Chicago P.D.”

Fox’s “Star” ticked up slightly for its first season finale, with a 1.3 demo rating and 4.07 million viewers, matching its “Lethal Weapon” lead-in in the demo. “Lethal Weapon” brought in 5.84 million viewers on the whole.

On The CW, “Arrow” notched a 0.5 in the demo and 1.58 million. “The 100” had its usual haul of a 0.4 in the demo and 1.08 million.

As a reminder, daily ratings fluctuations tend to amount to mere quantum foam, and 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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  1. TV Viewer says:

    Would the TV Academy please give the Emmy to “Designated Survivor” ! Like, NOW?

  2. SUPERDecision! says:

    ABC’s Wednesday comedy lineup has turned into the struggle night people feared it would turn into without having THE MIDDLE to lead things off. The obnoxious loudmouth mess of a show that’s called THE GOLDBERGS is for the most part not funny. Faintly humorous on occasion, it more like 30 minutes of visiting with your overbearing cousins- because mom said so. You just knew ABC’S decision to lead off Wednesday night with such a weak show, that really rode the coattails of THE MIDDLE to renewal on Wednesdays after almost being canceled trying to survive against NCIS with the other weak Tuesday comedies, TROPHY WIFE and FRESH OFF THE BOAT, would come back to bite them in the ass. That said, ABC basically had no choice but to keep failures and try to nurture them into something salvagable after the influx of low rated gutter garbage Paul Lee brought in year after year. Congratulations ABC, you salvaged the 8pm hour on Tuesday but you sacrificed Wednesday to do it. It’s just a matter of time before Wednesdays slip to fourth place like all of your nights are doing. They better be glad they still have the hilarious 9pm comedy and super hilarious BLACK-ISH at 9:30 to help out the ratings. Hopefully the new head of programming can find strong comedies to actually insert into the lineups next fall because you’ve been a network too stupid to insert your strongest comedy into Tuesday or Wednesday 9pm/9:30 pm for too long, prefering to waste it getting 7 million viewers and ratings as high as the Tuesday/Wednesday comedies on a Friday. Eyeroll. Silly maggots. Tricks are for kids. Put LAST MAN STANDING in a leadoff spot or 9pm spot Tuesday or Wednesday, or actually give it a decent followup comedy like MALIBU COUNTRY to anchor the 8:30 slot on Friday. It’s asinine to continue to wallow in mediocrity and failure decade after decade when you have the capability to be a great network if you chose to face the truth and make corrective action.

  3. Faye Canoes says:

    This shows sucks & everbody knows it. Just end it & move on. And, having Lee Daniels prance the cast around for press coverage just made matters worse. Keep him behind the curtain like the Mister Wizard that he is to keep Trump’s America accepting of all of his new tv shows much like Ryan Murphy run.

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