The first night after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States was as close to business as usual as it gets in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings.
On Fox, “Lethal Weapon” brought in a 1.8 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 7.03 million. “Empire” slipped down to a 2.8 in the demo and 8.14 million viewers.
ABC’s comedy block held up well after its break last week for the CMA Awards. “The Goldbergs,” which may spawn a spinoff at ABC, took in a 2.0 and 6.44 million viewers. “Speechless” came in with a 1.7 and 5.61 million. “Modern Family” brought in its usual 2.3 demo rating and 7.17 million. “Black-ish” followed with a 1.6 and 5.3 million.
On CBS, “Survivor” took in a 1.9 in the demo, up from last week (wherein it faced both the CMA Awards and Game 7 of the Cubs-Indians World Series), and 8.76 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” came in with a 1.3 in the demo and 7.33 million viewers. “Code Black” drew a 0.9 in the demo and 6.05 million viewers.
After going into repeats last week because of Game 7 of the World Series, NBC had a new “Blindspot” with a 1.0 and 4.88 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” drew a 1.3 and 5.05 million viewers. “Chicago PD” matched its lead-in demo with a 1.3 and 5.69 million viewers.
The CW’s “Arrow” brought in a 0.7 and 1.96 million viewers. “Frequency” took in a 0.3 demo rating and 1.08 million viewers.
As a reminder, many of these series will see ratings gains of 50% or more once viewing within three or seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.