Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Returns Low; ‘Modern Family’ Drops, But Tops Night in Demos

There were few ratings fireworks on Wednesday night, with ABC’s “Modern Family” standing as the top program among young adults despite hitting a season low and CBS’ “Survivor” kicking off its 32nd edition with sluggish numbers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s “The Middle” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its low of last week, but “The Goldbergs” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) dipped a tenth to its season low; neither showed any sign of benefiting from CBS moving aways from comedies in the hour for the first time this year. “Modern Family” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) was Wednesday’s No. 1 program despite a week-to-week decline of 0.2 that left it on par with its season low, while “Black-ish” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was able to match its week-ago score and tied for the timeslot lead in 18-49.

Closing the evening for the Alphabet, “American Crime” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to match its season low. Despite a season that has been perhaps even more critically applauded than the first, the show still has failed to connect with the masses.

ABC tied with Fox and CBS for the night’s preliminary 18-49 lead. If it holds in the finals, this would mark the first time since 1999 that ABC has finished on top for the first two Wednesdays of the February sweep, dominated on this night for years by Fox’s “American Idol.”

Last night, “Idol” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) dipped a bit further to a season low, but edged past “Survivor” and the ABC comedy hour for the timeslot edge in 18-49. It was followed by “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which equaled its rating of last week.

At CBS, the 90-minute premiere of “Survivor” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall, 8.4 million viewers overall) was down about 15% from its year-ago winter/spring premiere to what is the show’s lowest demo rating to date for a regular episode; still, it was the night’s No. 2 program in adults 25-54 (2.7/7) and No. 1 in total viewers. It was followed by a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and the penultimate episode of rookie drama “Code Black” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). (Due to pre-emptions for the Duke-North Carolina college basketball game in some North Carolina markets, the network’s 9-11 p.m. program averages could be revised in the finals.)

NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and “Chicago PD” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) were all down from last week, when the lineup was juiced by the crossover event featuring “SVU” and “Chicago PD.” “SVU” finished second for the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 (and tied for the lead at 9:30), while last night’s victory at 10 p.m. marked the 30th consecutive time that an original episode of “Chicago PD” has finished No. 1 or tied for No. 1 opposite regular ABC-CBS competition.

CW’s Wednesday dramas “Arrow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) managed to hold at last week’s numbers. From 8 to 10, the network tied with Fox as the No. 2 broadcaster in men 18-34 (0.8/4).

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