ABC and CBS Deadlocked as ‘Modern Family’ Reigns Over Wednesday Prime

Oct 16, 2014  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s hit sitcom “Modern Family” was the highest-rated show on broadcast prime Wednesday night by a wide margin as ABC and CBS finished in a dead heat for the top spot overall, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that “Modern Family” delivered a 3.3 average in 18-49 — down 6% from last week’s number but almost a full point better than the closest competition on the broadcast nets. ABC’s own “black-ish,” leading out from “Modern Family,” was No. 2 with a 2.5 average, down 11%.

Elsewhere on ABC, a repeat of the special “Toy Story of Terror!” delivered a 1.8 average in viewers 18-49, losing 42% of its 3.1 for last year’s premiere. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” had a 2.1 this time around, off 5% from last year. “Nashville” slipped 13% from last week to a 1.3.

CBS’s lineup was mixed, with “Survivor” down 8% from last week with a 2.3 average in 18-49, “Criminal Minds” up 4% to a 2.4 and “Stalker” holding steady with a 1.7.

NBC mostly matched last week, with both “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.3 average in 18-49) and “Law & Order: SVU” (1.7) equaling their numbers from a week ago while “Chicago PD” ticked up 7% to a 1.6.

Fox’s “Red Band Society” held steady with a 0.9 average in adults 18-49, while “Hell’s Kitchen” drifted down 14% to a 1.2.

For prime time overall, ABC and CBS both notched 2.1 averages in viewers 18-49 to lead NBC (1.5 average), Fox (1.1), Univision (1.0) and CW (0.6). CBS was No. 1 in total viewers with 9.3 million, followed by NBC (7.5 million), ABC (6.5 million), Fox (3.4 million), Univision (2.9 million) and CW (1.9 million).


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