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Ratings: ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Edges Up With Finale on Low-Wattage Wednesday

UPDATED WITH FINALS: With numerous repeats, specials and pre-emptions, there were few ratings fireworks on the first Wednesday following the post-sweeps, with CBS claiming the night’s top show in “Survivor” and NBC winning overall in demos with a repeat of “The Voice.” ABC’s “American Crime” wrapped its second season on a slight uptick, even though it was the network’s only original program of the night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Crime” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.70 million viewers overall) was up a tick in the demo to match its highest rating in seven weeks, while drawing its largest overall audience in five weeks. The acclaimed drama from John Ridley was never much of a ratings force in its two seasons, and it wasn’t among the 15 series recently renewed by the network. For his part, Ridley would be open to a third season but he also has another drama (“Presence”) up for consideration at ABC.

Leading into the season finale of “American Crime,” ABC served up encores of comedies “The Middle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.87 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.23 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.62 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.24 million viewers overall). The laffers are back in originals next week, followed by the return of “Nashville.”

At CBS, “Survivor” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 9.26 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week but stood as Wednesday’s No. 1 series in most categories, but its “The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.90 million viewers overall) remained a secret from viewers — retaining just one third of the reality show’s young-adult viewership. The swimsuit special was down 30% (0.3) from last year’s inaugural event on a Thursday.

Despite the low number at 9 p.m. (including a 0.6 at 9:30), “CSI: Cyber” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.94 million viewers overall) came within 0.2 of last week and narrowly won in 18-49 among the broadcasters at 10. This was the second of two special “CSI: Cyber” episodes on Wednesdays, as the network transitions to next week’s premiere of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

NBC aired a recap of the best blind auditions from the early going of this cycle’s “The Voice” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 9.18 million viewers overall), finishing a smidge behind “Survivor” in the night’s opening hour and then leading across the board from 9 to 10. The Peacock closed the night with a special original episode of “The Carmichael Show” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.09 million viewers overall), which didn’t generate much heat, but was about at its average from last summer; a repeat of the family comedy followed at 10:30 (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.70 million viewers overall). “Carmichael” will have its timeslot debut Sunday behind “Little Big Shots,” which had a very strong showing in its special preview on Tuesday night following an original “The Voice.”

At Fox, “Rosewood” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.72 million viewers overall) held steady at its low return level of last week, while “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.75 million viewers overall) bounced back 0.2 from its low. And CW aired repeats of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.12 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.00 million viewers overall).

The Democratic Debate from Miami averaged a 0.94 in adults 18-49, a 1.13 in adults 25-54 and 3.95 million viewers overall on CNN, making it the least-watched English-language debate this election cycle. It also drew 2.01 million on Univision (as well as a 0.75 in 18-49 and 0.81 in 25-54).

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