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Wednesday Ratings: ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ Rises; CW’s ‘Arrow’ Hits the Mark in Return

ABC’s “Black-ish” continues to look good on Wednesdays, rising in its third week and lagging only lead-out “Modern Family” among the night’s top shows in young adults. The night also saw a typical week-two decline for CBS’ “Stalker” and falloffs for a pair of rookies, NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” and Fox’s “Red Band Society,” that had held up well a week earlier.

Also of note, CW’s “Arrow” returned to kick off its third season and was up vs. last year — perhaps getting a halo effect from the previous night’s big bow for “The Flash.”

Overall, according to live plus same-day estimates from Nielsen, ABC edged past CBS to win the night in adults 18-49 while the Eye had it in 25-54 and total viewers.

At ABC, “The Middle” (2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “The Goldbergs” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) were on par with last week, placing second in demos for the 8 o’clock hour. They were followed by “Modern Family” (3.4/11 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), the night’s No. 1 show in young adults despite dipping week to week, and “Black-ish” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), which rose 8% (0.2) to come within 15% of its premiere-night score (3.3).

The percentages may change a bit in the nationals, but “Black-ish” retained a good 82% of its 18-49 lead-in from “Modern Family.” Last season, “Super Fun Night” was down to a 2.1 rating in its third episode, and that was with a bigger “Modern Family” lead-in.

Closing the night for ABC, “Nashville” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was down a tick week to week but was competitive in its 10 p.m. hour.

At CBS, “Survivor” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) was up a bit week to week, sweeping its 8 o’clock hour. The reality veteran was followed by crime dramas “Criminal Minds” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which was down 15% in 18-49 from its week-ago premiere, and “Stalker” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was similarly down in its second week.

“Stalker” again led the broadcast networks for the 10 p.m. hour in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura,” which recently received an order for additional scripts, dropped off to a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall after a couple of weeks at 1.5. Still, it continues to make for a compatible lead-in to “Law & Order: SVU” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), which was down a tick from last week but up by the same amount over its showing on the same night a year ago. And at 10 p.m., “Chicago P.D.” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) retained a best-yet 88% of its “SVU” lead-in (1.5 vs. 1.7) and sliced “Stalker’s” advantage from 0.5 a week ago to 0.2 last night.

CW’s “Arrow” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) was up slightly vs. last year’s premiere in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9), 18-34 (0.9 vs. 0.8) and total viewers (2.8 million vs. 2.7 million). And an encore of Tuesday’s “Flash” premiere did a decent number at 9 p.m. (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” held steady (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), but “Red Band Society” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) dropped after two straight weeks at a 1.1.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.2/7; CBS, 2.1/7; NBC, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.1/4; CW, 0.8/3.

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