‘Stalker’ Solid As CBS Wins Wednesday; ‘Black-ish’ Falls in Week Two, ‘Red Band’ Steady

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released Thursday afternoon, there were no changes in first-place CBS’ demo averages, including “Stalker,” whose total-viewer count ended up at 9.05 million.

Every ABC show was revised upward by one tenth of a ratings point, while tentpole “Modern Family” gained two tenths: “The Middle” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 7.42 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 7.09 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (3.7/12 in 18-49, 10.56 million viewers overall), “Black-ish” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 8.29 million viewers overall) and “Nashville” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.34 million viewers overall).

Black-ish” finished down 21% from its premiere, while lead-in “Modern” was 5% lower, and retained 70% of its lead-in (down from 85% for its premiere). And “Nashville” was up a tenth from its season premiere to leap-frog NBC’s “Chicago PD” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.63 million viewers overall), which was revised downward in the nationals to come in 21% lower than its season opener (1.9).

The only other change in the nationals was a one-tenth upgrade for NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.98 million viewers overall), which managed to match its previous week’s timeslot debut.


CBS has won the second Wednesday of the television season in key demos behind “Survivor” and the creepy crime tandem of “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker,” the latter of which had a solid but unspectacular premiere and won its timeslot. ABC’s “Modern Family” remained the night’s top show in young adults, but lead-out “Black-ish” took a bit of a hit in its second week.

And two dramas that bowed a couple of weeks ago, NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” and Fox’s “Red Band Society,” held pretty steady.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Survivor” won the 8 o’clock hour for CBS (2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), down about 10% from its 90-minute season premiere of last week. It was followed by the season opener of “Criminal Minds” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), which was down just a bit in 18-49 from its year-ago opener (and up a tick in 25-54), placing second for its hour in 18-49 and first in both 25-54 (3.8/10) and total viewers; in fact, it was the most-watched show on the night overall on any network.

Capping the night was Kevin Williamson drama “Stalker” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), which won its hour in all key categories and matched the timeslot performance of “CSI” in its year-ago season premiere. The show, which drew some of the worst reviews in memory for a new Big Four series, held up well in its second half-hour, retaining 95% of its 10 p.m. 18-49 rating, 97% of its 25-54 rating and 100% of its 18-34 rating.

CBS projects that “Stalker” will hit a 3.0 rating in 18-49 and about 12.4 million total viewers once full-week DVR playback numbers are in.

Elsewhere, ABC saw more diminished returns kicking off the night for “The Middle” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which was down 14% from its week-ago season premiere but still placed a solid second in demos for its timeslot. It was followed by sophomore “The Goldbergs” (second-place 2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which again built on its lead-in and minimized its week-to-week decline to 8%.

“Modern Family” (3.5/11 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was down nearly 10% from its week-ago premiere, winning its time period in all key demos, and “Black-ish” followed at 9:30 p.m. (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) — down 24% in 18-49 from its strong premiere but a competitive second to “Criminal Minds” at 9:30. While ABC would have liked to see a stronger week-two hold (its retention went from 85% last week to 71% last night), the Anthony Anderson-fronted comedy still looks like a pretty good fit with “Modern Family.”

“Nashville” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) held up well in its second week of the season, retaining all of its week-ago premiere score despite extra drama competition from “Stalker” and a reduced lead-in from “Black-ish.”

At NBC, “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) retained 93% of last week’s regular-timeslot debut in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.5) and continues to deliver a solid 25-54 (2.1/6) and total-viewer count. It was followed by “Law & Order: SVU” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), which was off 18% from its week-ago season premiere (2.2). Having a compatible (albeit older-skewing) lead-in has helped “SVU” in the total-viewers category, as its first two episodes this fall outdrew the show’s final 14 hours from last season.

At 10 p.m., “Chicago P.D.” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) continued its pretty good start to the season, despite the arrival of “Stalker” as crime-drama competition. It held 89% of its 18-49 “SVU” lead-in, vs. a 74% hold for CBS’ “Stalker” behind “Criminal Minds,” and won its hour among the major networks in adults 18-34 (1.2/5).

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last week, and the net’s Red Band Society” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) matched last week’s number — and again held steady or edged up in its second half-hour. With three days of DVR playback, last week’s “Red Band” delivered the same 18-49 average as the show’s premiere (1.8).

CW aired repeats of “Arrow,” which returns for its third season next week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.4/8; ABC, 2.2/7; NBC, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.1/4; Telemundo, 0.5/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.0 million; NBC, 7.8 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Fox, 3.6 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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