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Monday, September 26, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, September 26

Week two kicks off in a very atypical way because it's the first of three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As a whole, the debate should get huge ratings - most likely topping any in recent memory. But it won't mean much to an individual network because they're all airing it and the ratings don't count since there are no commercials. So the only thing to really watch is the 8pm hour. Most interesting will probably be how week two of Kevin Can Wait holds up. Will there be any pre-debate tune-in or will people be watching pre-debate stuff on the cable news networks?

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 ABC News: 2016 Presidential Debate #1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #209 "The Military Miniaturization"
8:30 Kevin Can Wait #2 "Sleep Disorder"
9:00 CBS News: 2016 Presidential Debate #1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 NBC News: 2016 Presidential Debate #1

FOX
8:00 Gotham #46 "Burn the Witch"

9:00 FOX News: 2016 Presidential Debate #1

CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)
9:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, September 25

Sunday night has lots of season premieres but no series premieres. ABC has its premiere lineup except for 7pm which is another Once Upon a Time special, which is a usual move for the beginning of the season. At 9pm is the long awaited return of Secrets and Lies, last seen in May 2015. It could be a rough night for ABC with little buzz for this lineup. CBS has the NFL double-header so they will use it to launch the new season of NCIS: Los Angeles on its new night with a two-episode premiere. NBC has the Bears-Cowboys game while FOX has a night of premieres that could be pretty low with no NFL doubleheader.

ABC
7:00 Once Upon a Time: Evil Reigns Once More (SPECIAL)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #112 "The Savior" (Season Premiere)
9:00 Secrets and Lies #11 "The Fall" (Season Premiere)

10:00 Quantico #23 "Kudove" (Season Premiere)

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 NCIS: Los Angeles #169/170 "High-Value Target/Belly of the Beast" (Season Premiere)
10:30 TBD

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:20 Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Dallas

FOX
7:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)

7:30 Bob's Burgers #108 "Flu-ouise" (Season Premiere)
8:00 The Simpsons #597 "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus" (Season Premiere)
8:30 Son of Zorn #2 "Defender of Teen Love"
9:00 Family Guy #270 "The Boys in the Band" (Season Premiere)
9:30 The Last Man on Earth #32 "General Beast Theme with Cobras" (Season Premiere)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 9/23/16

Please note these are based on preliminary results. This post will be updated to reflect final numbers when available.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 MacGyver
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Superstore (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 The Good Place (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Exorcist
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CW
8:00 Masters of Illusion

Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
8:30 Masters of Illusion (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Friday night, MacGyver arrived with a splash and a very impressive premiere. With a stunning 10.9 million viewers and a 1.7 demo, it had the best Friday premiere in the demo since Malibu Country in 2012 and the best Friday premiere in total viewers since Blue Bloods in 2010. To put this in perspective, it beat every single Thursday show in viewers and every Thursday show except Grey's Anatomy in the demo. This was a huge premiere for CBS and shattered most people's expectations. CBS promoted this show a lot and it paid off. We'll see where it goes from here but it gave itself an awfully big cushion. It also helped Hawaii Five-0, which was one of the few returning shows up year-to-year, rising three tenths in the demo from last year's season premiere. The always steady Blue Bloods started its seventh season on par with last season at a solid 10.4 million viewers and 1.3 demo.

FOX had an OK start to its Friday lineup, or at least better than their Thursday start. At 8pm, Hell's Kitchen did OK for an 8pm Friday show with 3.3 million viewers and a 1.1 demo. It smashed the 8pm performance of Rosewood on Thursday and tied Last Man Standing and Shark Tank in the demo. It led into the series premiere of The Exorcist. At 2.9 million viewers and a 1.0 demo, it's the lowest performance yet for a newbie but it really could have been worse. However, I don't think the long term prospects for The Exorcist are good at all. This is a show that is inevitable to drop so I think we'll be seeing 0.6 and 0.7 demos before too long for this show. As I said before, I would still swap Hell's Kitchen and Rosewood so Pitch has a better lead-in on Thursdays.

It was a rocky night for ABC. At 8pm, Last Man Standing delivered an OK 5.8 million viewers and 1.1 demo for its season premiere. It was better than what followed because the season two of Dr. Ken tied a series low with a 0.9 demo. This seemed like it deserved to return last season but this is a weak start so ABC may have some problems with its Friday comedy lineup. Then at 9pm, Shark Tank returned very weakly to tie a series low in the demo set way back in 2009. This was showing some signs of age last year and it seems to have accelerated rapidly. It might be time for ABC to consider giving this show the Undercover Boss treatment and letting it rest for awhile before becoming a fill-in show. It has had a great run on Fridays for a long time but this is a bad sign. 20/20 was beaten by Dateline at 10pm.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: MacGyver (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Shark Tank (ABC)

PILOT REVIEW: The Exorcist

THE EXORCIST













Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, Kurt Egyiawan, with Alan Ruck, and Geena Davis

Inspired by the Novel by William Peter Blatty
Created by Jeremy Slater
Teleplay and Television Story by Jeremy Slater, Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Yes, we have another remake! FOX has an updated version of the iconic 1971 novel and 1973 film The Exorcist. The TV version is centered on a Hispanic priest, Father Thomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and his dealings with people in his church like Angela and Henry Rance (Geena Davis and Alan Ruck) and their family as well as otherworldly issues like demons and the mysterious Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels).

I will admit I have never seen any of the movies so I have nothing to compare it to (I am much more well versed in TV shows than movies) but isn't The Exorcist supposed to be scary? I mean, I'm not really a horror fan, but if I'm going to watch a show called The Exorcist, I at least hope it will scare me a little bit and give me some thrills. Instead, this was a very slow-burn pilot with far more set-up than any actual thrills and I think that's a bad idea. Even if this show gets scarier as it continues, they needed to have more of that in the pilot so fans of the genre or the originals will come back.

The Exorcist did a decent job of mood-setting early on. There was an uneasy feeling to the show in the church and in the dark, gray-skied street scenes. The opening before the title screen seemed to not connect to the rest of the show for quite awhile and left me confused, maybe that was the point? As for the performances, I liked Alfonso Herrera in the lead role and there was some potential with the storyline involving Geena Davis and Alan Ruck. Ben Daniels was playing a type of character we see on any sort of eerie show like this, and they almost always seem to be British too!

The Exorcist was never going to be a show for me. I knew going in that it wasn't going to be my type of show and nothing in the pilot made me change that opinion. I would be curious to see what people who love that genre or the original thought of the remake. After all, it's not been getting horrible reviews. I just wondered why there were so few scares in a pilot called THE EXORCIST?

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
No, I'll have to find out second-hand if it got scarier than the pilot.

PILOT REVIEW: MacGyver

MACGYVER













Starring: Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires

Based on the series "MacGyver" created by Lee David Zlotoff
Developed by Peter M. Lenkov
Story/Teleplay by Peter M. Lenkov and Paul Downs Colaizzo, Directed by James Wan

In the category of "reboots we never needed," we have MacGyver this year. Based on the hit 1980s show that became a punchline (and popular SNL skit) over the years, CBS for some reason thought we all wanted to have a new version on TV. Maybe some do but I don't. I never watched the original so I don't have anything to compare it to but there is nothing here that's for me. It was an OK pilot for what it is, but what it is is a completely unnecessary remake. MacGyver this time is played by Lucas Till who follows up on an incident involving a virus and his girlfriend as seen in the cold open. His team includes CSI's George Eads and House of Cards' Sandrine Holt. Rounding out the main cast is his buddy and cover story, Wilt (Justin Hires), who knows very little about what MacGyver does.

My favorite part was actually the first scene before the credits but then it was downhill and repetitive after that. The opening reminded me a bit of Get Smart with the need to get through sticky situations but this show felt the need to be completely transparent about everything it was doing, whether it was the narration by MacGyver telling us exactly what he was doing or the labeling of everything he was "macgyvering." As if this show doesn't already appeal to the lowest common denominator, it then left nothing up to the imagination of the audience. It had to be completely obvious.

There are so many things that annoy me about TV reboots. Very few of them are successful and the ones that are like Hawaii Five-0 are just kind of there. But one thing I always like about reboots is we usually get the theme song back in an era where the sad fact is very few shows even have theme songs. So imagine my surprise when there was a theme song but it bared very little semblance to the cheesy but fun original song. I didn't expect it to be the exact same but I at least wanted the main melody in a new arrangement (beautifully down by shows like Hawaii and Dallas) and that didn't happen. So the one thing I like about TV reboots was not present here and that was really disappointing.

I didn't mind Lucas Till in the title role and George Eads showed he's a veteran of procedural dramas with a nice element of comedy. Sandrine Holt and the other characters didn't make much of an impression on me. I get the feeling every episode is going to feel pretty much the same as the pilot did: lots of action, a little bit of funny banter, and very transparent explanations of what's going on. That's about all there is to say about this show.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I've never seen a full episode of the original MacGyver and I have no desire to watch another one of this one.

Friday, September 23, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 9/22/16

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy

Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Notorious
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Thursday Night Kickoff

Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:27 Thursday Night Football
Viewers: 17.6 million, 18-49 demo: 6.1

NBC
8:00 Superstore
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 The Good Place
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Rosewood
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Pitch
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

After three days of promising performances from newbies, it was a different story on night four of premiere week. On Monday, four shows went above a 2.0 demo followed by four more on Tuesday and a whopping nine on Wednesday. On Thursday, there was just one - the ever reliable Grey's Anatomy, which remained the jewel of the ABC Thursday lineup and was down just three tenths in the demo from last year's premiere. But then things got ugly, starting with the series premiere of Notorious. The Scandal placeholder followed up terrible reviews with an embarrassing performance, delivering just 5.4 million viewers and a 1.1 demo, retaining just 44% of Grey's in the demo. This was major rejection from the audience and ABC has a problem already on this night. They might want to consider flipping it with its lead-out, How to Get Away with Murder, very soon. Murder tied a series low but built on its lead in by three tenths in the demo. A flip of the two shows might salvage the fall until Scandal comes back.

While Notorious was a disaster, FOX perhaps had a bigger bomb with the return of Rosewood on its new night. The second year drama was completely ignored with a 0.7 demo, confirming what everyone already knew: it was nothing but a timeslot hit last year when it led into Empire. FOX has had a rough week outside of Wednesday but this was just abysmal. It also gave absolutely no support to the premiere of Pitch which followed. It wasn't a good performance but Pitch's 1.1 demo looks a whole lot better than the 1.1 for Notorious does. It built on its lead-in by four tenths in the demo and at least showed a semblance of a pulse. The problem is it's likely to drop from here. I'm not always a fan of knee-jerk schedule moves but FOX needs to move Rosewood ASAP. I would send it to Fridays and bring Hell's Kitchen over here as a lead-in to Pitch.

Despite nothing topping a 1.5 in the demo, the network that may have shown the most promise with their scripted lineup was NBC because nothing bombed completely. Yes, this lineup wasn't anything special but they were launching a brand new lineup on a night where they have had a horrible time for years now. So the fact that Superstore had an OK 1.5 demo leading the night off (it was the second best demo of the whole night besides football) is a good thing. So is the fact that The Good Place showed good retention, Chicago Med delivered decent total viewers, and The Blacklist was a big improvement on previous 10pm shows is a good thing. The question is can it stay somewhere close to these numbers? If it can, NBC will have at least stabilized a very troubled night and that is no small task. Finally on CBS, Thursday Night Football had good numbers for a Patriots blowout of the Texans.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Rosewood (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24

Check below this post for reviews of Pitch and Notorious!

FRIDAY
Premiere Friday has two more series premieres and they are both tall orders for their networks despite a good week for the newbies. The MacGyver reboot kicks off the CBS lineup while The Exorcist airs at 9pm on FOX. There are lower expectations for Friday night but these two shows could crash and burn easily. The rest of the night includes many Friday staples such as Last Man Standing, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and the newsmagazines. Dr. Ken is back as the ABC Friday sitcom lineup actually looks the same as last year.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #109 "Papa Bear" (Season Premiere)
8:30 Dr. Ken #23 "Allison's Career Move" (Season Premiere)
9:00 Shark Tank (Season Premiere)
10:00 20/20


CBS
8:00 MacGyver #1 "The Rising" (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #144 "Makaukau 'ce e Pa'ani" (Season Premiere)

10:00 Blue Bloods #134 "The Greater Good" (Season Premiere)

NBC
8:00 Superstore (REPEAT)
8:30 The Good Place (REPEAT)
9:00 Dateline NBC


FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (16th Edition Premiere)

9:00 The Exorcist #1 "Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee" (SERIES PREMIERE)

CW
8:00 Masters of Illusion

8:30 Masters of Illusion (REPEAT)
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 College Football

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
10:00 This is Us (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 College Football

PILOT REVIEW: Pitch

PITCH











Starring: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo, with Dan Lauria, and Ali Larter

Created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer
Written by Dan Fogelman & Rick Singer, Directed by Paris Barclay

Is it too obvious to call it a home run? Or is it too soon to call Dan Fogelman, creator of both Pitch and This is Us, the MVP of the TV season? Pitch is a fantastic new drama with an intriguing premise. Pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) has been called up to the San Diego Padres and becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Surrounded by handlers including Amelia Slater (Ali Larter), skeptics including manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria) and catcher/captain Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), and the weight of trying to impress her father (Bill Baker), she has to navigate enormous pressure on and off the field.

This was a beautiful pilot and it's very cool that the MLB gave them so much access so it really felt like something real happening which doesn't always happen when a movie or TV show very clearly can't use certain sports trademarks. The scenes in the ballpark were just stunning to look at visually and the pilot had a crisp and cool feel to it. The show threw a lot of balls in the air but caught them nicely (too many puns?) Between scenes in the ballpark, in Ginny's apartment, in the locker room, in the offices, and the flashbacks, there was a lot the pilot tried to accomplish but it moved well and was well-structured. The integration of the flashbacks was meaningful and the twist at the end of this one? While not as creative as This is Us, it caught me more off guard and gave the story and premise an interesting wrinkle.

The cast is absolutely top notch. Kylie Bunbury is a revelation in the main role. She was easy to root for and could be a breakout star of this season. It is great to see Dan Lauria back on TV and he brings his usual gravitas and strength. I really enjoyed Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his instant charm and chemistry with Bunbury (but don't hook them up, Pitch!) I enjoyed Ali Larter as well and I hope there's a fair amount of Bob Balaban in a recurring role, but I could have used less Joe Buck in the pilot. I have enough of him watching football games.

This is a show that has places to go and many stories to tell. It has the potential to develop into a ripe character drama that will eventually have as many meaningful scenes off the field as it does on should it be given that chance. I'm a sucker for inspirational sports stories and even though I'm not a baseball fan, I was completely engrossed. Baseball dramas have been attempted by the networks before and failed but Pitch deserves to succeed. If This is Us is filling the Parenthood void this year, Pitch may fill the void of the other great Jason Katims drama, Friday Night Lights. It has a tough task ahead of it but I'll be rooting for Pitch all the way.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I can hardly wait.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PILOT REVIEW: Notorious

NOTORIOUS











Starring: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Kevin Zegers, Aimee Teegarden, J. August Richards, Sepideh Moafi, Ryan Guzman

Created by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan
Written by Josh Berman & Allie Hagan, Directed by Michael Engler

Is it a requirement for a show like this to have to start with a steamy love scene followed by a quick return to an intense job? Well that was the first of many, and I mean many, cliches that were used in the pilot of Notorious. The salacious (a less generous word would be trashy) drama is about the relationship between the media and the law. At the center of this back and forth is high powered newsmagazine producer Julia George (Piper Perabo) and hot-shot lawyer Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata). Julia works for a Nightline-type show hosted by Louise Herrick (Kate Jennings Grant) and Jake works at a law firm with his brother, Bradley (J. August Richards). What seemed like it might be a case of the week involving tech billionaire Oscar Keaton (Kevin Zegers) is actually part of a larger story.

I'm sure there are people out there who will enjoy a show like this. Those are the same kinds of people who probably check TMZ daily and revel in tabloid stories. Early on, I felt like this might be trashy fun but it soon devolved into a troubled show that ran in circles and it got nauseating before too long. I love watching shows with troubled anti-heroes like Don Draper or Frank and Claire Underwood. But these two leads were just plain unlikable, manipulating others and each other left and right for the sake of a quick fix. There wasn't much redeeming or complicated about the two lead characters so they were more annoying than anything else. And the acting was pretty bad too.

This was a show that seemed to look at the TV landscape and think "wow, people really love twisty shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder" and then they proceeded to put approximately a zillion twists in the pilot. The problem with that is there was no time to care about anything or anyone in the pilot before it was a "gotcha again" moment. This is a show that has no interest in character building or slow build drama. It is all gloss and frills with no substance.

From characters hooking up with each other left and right to the aforementioned twists and turns that happened every 30 seconds or so, it almost felt like a parody of a show like Scandal. It was a waste of Perabo and Sunjata, who actually could be decent in a better-written show. I wouldn't say they gamely made the best of the material but they weren't the main problem here. This isn't quite as terrible as another steamy, twist one word show from ABC a couple years ago (Betrayal) but it's quite a weak placeholder until Scandal comes back. I wish ABC had used this slot for season two of The Catch, which had a cat and mouse feel too but was far more captivating (and oh by the way, it is a Shondaland show not a cheap knockoff). It's ironic that the show is called Notorious, because I have a feeling it's going to be forgotten pretty quickly.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
It is very unlikely.

RATINGS RECAP: 9/21/16

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Designated Survivor
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 Big Brother
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon

Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Empire
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2

CW
8:00 Penn & Tell: Fool Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Premiere week continued with another positive night for newbies. On FOX, the pre-tune for Empire as well as genuine interest in Lethal Weapon gave the new show a very solid start with 7.9 million viewers and a 2.2 demo. This was just two tenths behind the Rosewood premiere last year when there was a much bigger Empire audience so I think that means there was actually more interest in this show as its own entity than Rosewood. It was a very positive start. Then Empire returned. Its 4.2 demo will certainly be the tops of the week among scripted programming but it felt a little lower than it should have been. Of course it was never going to get back to last year's 6.7 premiere but the winter premiere of 4.8 seemed attainable. This is a show that has clearly peaked at this point but it's still TV's #1 show in the demo and has a long way to go before things are troubling. It's just become one of TV's biggest hits, not a monster towering above everything else and any network/show would be happy to have that.

ABC debuted its new comedy lineup and though the lineup was down, it was promising that their big moves are going to work. The Goldbergs inherited the 8pm slot and was down just a bit from its 2015 start with a 2.0 demo. This was probably about what The Middle would have gotten here so that's a great sign. The premiere of Speechless followed at 8:30pm and fit like a glove into the lineup, equaling The Goldbergs in the demo and building on it in total viewers. Its 2.0 demo is the lowest for a new show so far but the fact that it fit so nicely into the comedy lineup is a really good sign. People who watched The Goldbergs followed that show to 8pm and then stayed for Speechless at 8:30. At 9pm, the season premiere of Modern Family was still the best of the comedy block but down from last year's 3.2 premiere. I'm fairly sure this will be the year that Modern Family sees 1s in the demo but it's still the class of ABC comedies when it comes to ratings. At 9:30pm, the season premiere of Black-ish was at a 2.0 like the 8pm comedies, posting the best results for that show since January 6. Overall, a strong start for the ABC comedy night. At 10pm was the series premiere of Designated Survivor to 10 million viewers and a 2.2 demo. This was the best Weds 10pm performance ABC has seen in a long time. I still think given the hype, it could have premiered stronger and this show is ripe for drops in the weeks to come, but it was still a positive sampling. ABC was at a 2.0 demo or above for the entire night and that hasn't happened on Wednesday since premiere week of 2013.

NBC had good news of its own though their entire lineup wasn't quite as strong. Still, Blindspot made an OK transition to 8pm. Considering it only got a 1.6 following a highly rated America's Got Talent last week, a 1.3 to lead off the night is OK. We'll see how it does from here but the wheels haven't come off yet. At 9pm, the 18th season of Law & Order: SVU started exactly on par with last season's premiere. This show is still chugging along. At 10pm, the premiere of Chicago PD was down just a tenth in the demo from last year's premiere despite the big ABC competition. All in all, a positive night for NBC too. Finally, CBS went with its regular opening Wednesday plan, pairing the season premiere of Survivor with the season finale of Big Brother. Even in its 33rd edition, Survivor had another solid start, down just two tenths from last fall's premiere and up big from the spring premiere. Talk about a show with lasting power. The finale of Big Brother, which premiered back in 2000 like Survivor, was also down two tenths from its year-ago performance.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Lethal Weapon (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: None