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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Black-ish’ Hits 2015 High As ABC Wins Night

Another soft showing by the concluding second part of CBS original movie “The Dovekeepers” seemed to help the competition, with ABC’s “Black-ish” the biggest opportunist as it posted its best demo score since the fall.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC won Wednesday in key demos thanks to its comedy block of “The Middle” (1.7 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (2.9/10 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) — all of which incorporated April Fool’s Day jokes into their storylines. For its two-hour block, the laffers won in all under-55 categories, including a season high in teens 12-17 (1.7/9).

“Middle,” which should round up to a 1.8 in the nationals, and “The Goldbergs” were both down a little from last week and placed second in their 8 o’clock hour. “Modern Family” was again the night’s top show in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.8/11) and up a tick from last week but still on the low side, while “Black-ish” was up 0.2 or 0.3 vs. last week depending on whether it holds at its prelim score in the nationals. The 2.4 rating is the best for the first-year comedy since Nov. 19. (It did hit a 2.3 once in 2015, but that was on a night when “Modern Family” logged a 3.4).

At 10 p.m., “Nashville” produced modest numbers as it returned to originals (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). Despite a lead-in that was about 50% larger than last year (when “Mixology” did a 1.6 at 9:30), the country music-themed soap was down 13% (or 0.2) from last year’s 1.5.

CBS won Wednesday’s opening hour with “Survivor” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), which seems poised for an uptick to 2.2 in the nationals which would leave it down 0.1 from last week. From 9 to 11 p.m., though, “Dovekeepers” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its low-rated part one of the previous night as the net did roughly half the 1.75 it averaged last week with original episodes of dramas “Criminal Minds” (2.1) and “CSI: Cyber” (1.4).

NBC’s 9-11 p.m. crime dramas benefited from the lighter competition, with “Law & Order: SVU” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) rising two tenths from last week and “Chicago PD” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) up a tenth. “Chicago,” which either maintained or grew its rating in numerous categories during its second half-hour, has now won the hour in 18-49 among the broadcast networks with 10 of its last 11 originals.

In Wednesday’s opening hour, “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) held at last week’s number and was a distant fourth in 18-49.

Fox’s “American Idol” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) matched last week’s Wednesday season low, though it figures to round up to a 1.8 in the nationals. It placed second to ABC from 8 to 10 p.m. in key demos while winning the two-hour block in total viewers.

CW’s “Arrow (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) were both oddly low.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.9/7; Fox, 1.7/6; NBC, 1.4/5; CBS, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/4; CW, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 8.4 million; CBS, 7.4 million; ABC, 7.0 million; NBC, 6.5 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.



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