The fall season continues to feature close ratings battles in broadcast prime, and Wednesday night saw a hard-fought race between ABC and CBS for the top spot in the key 18-49 demo. Based on Nielsen overnights, TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC eked out a close overall win in the demo, while CBS coasted to another comfortable win in total viewers.
ABC’s lineup was mostly down from a week ago. “The Goldbergs” slipped one-tenth in the 18-49 demo to a 2.2 average rating, “Modern Family” was off three-tenths with a 3.4 (still the highest-rated broadcast show of the night) and “Nashville” dipped one-tenth to a 1.5.
But the new comedy “black-ish” ticked up two-tenths from a week ago to a 2.8 average in 18-49, while “The Middle” remained steady with a 2.0.
Second-place CBS was also mostly down, although “Survivor” defied the trend by rising one-tenth from last week in viewers 18-49 to a 2.5 average. “Criminal Minds” plunged four-tenths to a 2.3, while “Stalker” dropped three-tenths to a 1.7.
NBC got a 1.3 average out of “The Mysteries of Laura” in the 18-49 demo, down two-tenths of a point from last week. “Law & Order: SVU” fell one-tenth to a 1.7 and “Chicago PD” held steady wtih a 1.5.
On Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” delivered another 1.4 average in 18-49, matching last week’s number, and “Red Band Society” fell off two-tenths to settle for a 0.9.
For prime time overall, ABC’s 2.2 average was the best in the 18-49 demo, followed by CBS (2.1 average), NBC (1.5), Fox (1.1), Univision (1.0) and CW (0.8). CBS led total viewers with 9.4 million, ahead of NBC (7.6 million), ABC (7.2 million), Fox (3.3 million), Univision (2.7 million) and CW (2.4 million).