February 16, 2017

The Sked: Wednesday Ratings 2.15.2017

  • SumoMe


Another bad debut for a CBS drama.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

Fast Demo 2017 Feb 15.WED

CBS:  With the exception of the NCIS-boosted BULL, CBS has had trouble launching this season’s dramas, and that trend continued with DOUBT, which managed just 0.8 for the hour (down to 0.7 by 10:30PM).  That’s lower than last week’s season finale of the probably-canceled CODE BLACK.  Earlier, HUNTED held at 1.2, and CRIMINAL MINDS gained 0.1 to 1.3.

ABC:  THE GOLDBERGS held at 1.8, while SPEECHLESS lost 0.1 to 1.5.  MODERN FAMILY crashed by 0.3 to 2.0, but BLACK-ISH was steady at 1.5.  MATCH GAME wrapped up the night down 0.1 to 0.9.

NBC:  BLINDSPOT (0.9) and SVU (1.5) each fell 0.1, while CHICAGO PD remained at 1.3.

FOX:  LETHAL WEAPON grew by 0.1 to 1.4, and STAR dropped 0.1 to 1.2.

CW:  ARROW (0.6) and THE 100 (0.4) stayed put.

There’s a full slate of originals from the the networks tonight.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

Fast Track 2017 Feb 15.WED

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."


  1. Destiny

    First State of Affairs, and now Doubt. Katherine Heigl simply cannot be a leading lady on a TV show. Viewers simply aren’t interested.

    Anyway Blindspot continues to die slowly. I’m surprised that some people seem to think that NBC would move a strong show that it owns(SVU) to Friday and pair it was a dead show it doesn’t own(Blindspot). It simply won’t happen, SVUs audience have no interest in Blindspot as demonstrated above.

    Lethal Weapon & Star did well, as did the ABC sitcoms. Hunted has probably earned itself something.

    • Douglas from Brazil

      Heigl is paying the price for turning her back on Grey’s.

      • Destiny

        And Grey’s will outlive any show she joins in a lead role, probably for the next 4-5 years lol.

        • CMM

          She’s simply not a leading actor in a drama. No one takes someone that looks like her, and conveys the personality she has, seriously. It’s funny she’s trying to bank on her Grey’s experience (success?) to continue to succeed when she apparently turned her back on Grey’s.

          I am more surprised she’s not tried comedy, as far as I know. I don’t understand why she is trying drama – even a light drama. She might do well to try a workplace comedy. Her cat litter commercials indicate she could do this. Maybe even a pet therapist thing. I could see her doing a Mary Tyler Moore type show provided you have the right concept and writers.

          Otherwise, she may have to resign herself to being a supporting actor or character actor, but in lighter, less serious, work.

    • Johnson

      Is basically Sarah Michelle Gellar all over again, her new shows are just awful and generate no buzz whatsoever.

      • Monzo

        I think the difference is that people like Sarah Michelle Gellar, but dislike Katherine Heigl. I feel bad for cast and crew of any Heigl show, because they won’t have their jobs for a long time. Heigl should turn to streaming, where you just can’t prove ratings yet. There she can be hyped and viewers might believe she got a big audience there. About Gellar: I guess she will be the comeback kid in a few years, she just has to be part of a good show, but I don’t see her as the leading lady anymore.

    • FlopWatch

      Katherine was so dumb to burn bridges with GA, probably 1 of the biggest career backfires.

      Blindspot shouldn’t have been paired up on Wednesdays, it just doesn’t work with the lineup at all, same with pairing Chicago Med with Blacklist on Thursdays, an uneven lineup.

      • Destiny

        It’s not the line-up though. It’s the show. It declined heavily during its first season and continued during the second. I can’t imagine a slot on NBC where this wouldn’t have happened regardless. We likely would have seen a Timeless scenario had it been kept after The Voice.

        I wonder what you could put on Wednesdays at 8pm anyway?

        • FlopWatch

          It already did when it dropped to low 1s in the Spring.

          As for Wednesdays, I guess a Dick Wolf show since nothing else has worked there.

          • Destiny

            It probably doesn’t help that clickbait media websites give fans false hope for doomed shows. Some of the stuff you see online is absolutely ridiculous. TVbythenumbers with Timeless for example.

  2. Marius

    I’m glad Hunted is doing ok. I had doubts it will catch on on a broadcast network

  3. Dave

    Damn. I quite enjoyed DOUBT. Was planning on keeping up with it but I’ll take it off my DVR now. No chance.

  4. Patrick Ausgewahlt

    “With the exception of the NCIS-boosted BULL, CBS has had trouble launching this season’s dramas”

    MacGyver launched to a 1.7 on a Friday. So that was a strong launch.

    • Destiny

      But it floundered badly before finding its feet. MacGyver was one of those shows that arguably could have been in trouble but somehow rescued itself and became a show that will without a doubt be renewed. I wouldn’t call it a smooth launch. But that’s irrelevant now as MacGyver fans have a season 2 announcement to look forward too.

    • Mitch Salem

      Fair enough. Not exactly a breakout hit premiere, but strong for a Friday show.

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