ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all had reasons to feel encouraged by the ratings results for Wednesday’s prime-time slates. With preliminary Fast Nationals in from Nielsen, Fox had a demo win behind the season premieres of “Empire” and “Star,” while CBS wound up in its familiar No. 1 position in total viewers.
ABC, meanwhile, was letting people know this morning that its Wednesday premieres returned at levels topping the shows’ May finales, and over at NBC much of the excitement was about how “The Blacklist” delivered its highest rating since Nov. 10, 2016, and grew 22% over last season’s Thursday finale.
CBS was pleased to report today that the premiere of “SEAL Team” wound up as the most-watched program of Wednesday night, with an initial tally of 9.70 million viewers. The network is projecting that number to grow to nearly 14 million once 7-day viewing is calculated.
CBS also was crowing today about starting premiere week with its third consecutive nightly win in total viewers. You can click here to read today’s release from CBS rounding up a few of Wednesday’s ratings highlights.
Fox claimed a win for the night in the key demo of adults 18-49 with an average rating of 2.1. The season premiere of “Empire” delivered a 2.4 average in the demo along with 6.94 million total viewers, with “Star” coming in with a 1.8 demo rating and 5.484 million total viewers.