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Friday, May 1, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 4/29/15

ABC
8:00 The Middle

Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor

Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 CSI: Cyber
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

On Wednesday night, NBC had another very successful conclusion to a Crossover Week. NBC flipped the two crime dramas. At 9pm, Chicago PD was up 1.4 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best performance since November (also a Crossover week). But more importantly, I think this showed that NBC could maybe see this show as a 9pm anchor in the future. Yes it had the crossover, but it is usually after a crossover episode immediately preceding it. After a 1.6 demo for Chicago Fire on Tuesday, this was a nice build from it. It was smart of NBC to flip the two shows for this crossover. Of course, Law & Order: SVU got to be the beneficiary of the final part of the crossover and it was up two million viewers and three tenths in the demo, also hitting its best number since the last Crossover Week in November. If only NBC could do this every week. I'm sure they're already salivating at the idea of a four show crossover next year with Chicago Med in the mix.

CBS got creamed by the crime drama competition but first up Survivor was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo as it has swung up and down this season. At 9pm, Criminal Minds crashed to a series low, falling 1.4 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show has been pretty weak this spring. Time to move to 10pm? At 10pm, CSI: Cyber was down nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a Wednesday low. I'm not sure what CBS will do, but I think CSI: Cyber should just get the ax. There's not a lot of upside from what I see. On FOX, American Idol was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo.

Finally on ABC, The Middle started things off down four tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo as it skewed much younger this week. At 8:30pm, The Goldbergs was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Modern Family was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The viewer total was its lowest since March 2010, way back in season one. At 9:30pm, Black-ish was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The viewer total was a series low. It was a pretty weak night for the 9pm comedies even though Family's 2.9 was tops of the night. Nashville closed things out down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Chicago PD (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Criminal Minds (CBS)

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