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Ratings: Rookies ‘Mysteries of Laura,’ ‘Stalker’ Steady on Wednesday

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released Thursday afternoon, rookies “Mysteries of Laura” on NBC (1.4/5 in 18-49, 8.68 million viewers overall) and “Red Band Society” on Fox (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.17 million viewers overall) both revised up by a tenth, meaning that each was also up a tenth week-to-week.

The only other demo adjustments on the night were 0.1 gains for ABC’s 8:30 p.m special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.24 million viewers overall) and “Modern Family” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.94 million viewers overall).

FX’s “American Horror Story” came back to earth (2.3/7 in 18-49, 4.53 million viewers overall) after its monster bow of last week. Also in cable, Game 4 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 5.09 million viewers overall on Fox Sports 1, making it the net’s most-watched baseball postseason game to date.

 

Neither NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” nor CBS’ “Stalker” has been a big hit out of the gate, but both seem to have settled at a solid numbers for their respective networks. Each was flat or up week to week in key ratings categories on Wednesday, a night that saw ABC’s “Modern Family” and “Black-ish” stand as the top broadcasts in young adults — though they were at season lows.

CBS and ABC tied for the lead on the night in young adults, with the Eye pulling ahead in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

According to preliminary live plus same-day national estimates from Nielsen for Wednesday, CBS opened the night a winner with “Survivor” (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall, which was down a bit from the last two weeks. “Criminal Minds” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was up a tick and again won its hour in adults 25-54 and total viewers, standing as the night’s top show in the latter.

Closing the night for CBS, “Stalker” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago demo score and again edged out NBC’s “Chicago PD” for the broadcast 18-49 lead. “Stalker” continues to lag last year’s “CSI” in the timeslot, but the margin is close.

At NBC, “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) held at last week’s number, which was within two tenths of its timeslot premiere three weeks ago. “Laura”  is down a bit in same-day 18-49 rating from last year’s show in the timeslot (“Revolution”), though it it is bringing about 70% more total viewers and seems to be a good fit with the net’s lineup on the night.

“Law & Order: SVU” followed at 9 p.m. for NBC (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), matching its week-ago demo score. And at 10 p.m., sophomore drama “Chicago PD” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from its score of the last two weeks. If the 1.6 holds in the nationals, this would be “Chicago PD’s” best retention of “SVU” to date (94%).

ABC opened the night with repeats of Halloween-themed specials “Toy Story of Terror” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), with the former down sharply from its first airing last year (3.1 in 18-49, 10.5 million total viewers).

While they performed nearly as well as “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” typically do in this hour, the change-up on the night may have affected the net’s 9 o’clock hour comedies “Modern Family” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), with the vet down two tenths and the newcomer off three tenths from last week. Even at a lower number, “Black-ish” fared about 20% better than last year’s “Super Fun Night” on the comparable night.

At 10 p.m. for ABC, “Nashville” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week and remained third among the broadcast dramas in the hour.

Fox opened with a low “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), which is looking a bit tired and declined two tenths to its low. Despite the lower numbers, “Red Band Society” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) held at its modest level of last week.

CW’s “Arrow” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) was down 20% (0.2) from its season premiere of last week, and was followed by an encore of the previous night’s “The Flash” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/7; ABC, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.1/3; Univision, 1.0/3; CW and Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.3 million; NBC, 7.5 million; ABC, 6.5 million; Fox, 3.4 million; Univision, 2.9 million; CW, 1.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

 

 

 

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