‘Blindspot’ Ratings Down, ‘Empire’ Even, ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Black-ish’ & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Up

Dominic Patten
Deadline

It was a full night of originals on the Big 4 and the CW last night, though no debuts and no finales as the fall season finally began to settle in. That was relatively good news for Fox, which topped Wednesday thanks to Empire (3.4/12) which was even with last week and Lethal Weapon (1.9/7) which was up 12% among adults 18-49 from its October 5 episode.

While comparisons to last week are valid, it is important to remember that swaths of the Atlantic-facing states like Florida and parts of Georgia pre-empted regular programming for coverage of Hurricane Matthew. Having said that, overall, Fox won the night Wednesday with a 2.6/9 rating and a total viewership of 8.00 million. ABC was in second place in the demo with a 1.9/7, and CBS took the No. 2 audience slot with 7.79 million watching.

ABC was a bit of a mixed bag last night with The Goldbergs (1.8/9), Speechless (1.8/7) and Kiefer Sutherland’s 10 PM time-slot winning POTUS drama Designated Survivor (1.6/6) all even with last week. For Modern Family (2.4/8) was the second highest rated show of the night and was up 9% over its October 5 show. Black-ish (1.8/6) grew 20%, the best the Kenya Barris-created series has done since its Season 3 premiere September 21.

Up was not the direction Blindspot (1.1/4) went Wednesday. The NBC series starring Jamie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton took a 15% drop from last week, and actually the previous two weeks, to hit what is a series low in early numbers. Following Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU (1.4/5) and Chicago P.D. (1.4/5) were even with the final numbers October 5.

On the CW, Arrow (0.7/3) was also even with its Season 5 opener last week, but newbie Frequency (0.3/1) took a 25% fall from an already just OK debut. In total viewers, the WBTV archer series hit the rare target of going higher that its season debut with a 4% rise to an audience of 2 million last night.

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CBS must have felt like it was holding a winning hand last night, with all of the shows on the net rising over last week. Survivor (2.0/8) bopped up 5% in 18-49, and Code Black (1.1/4) was up 10%. However, the high jump belongs to Criminal Minds (1.7/6), which surged 21% over the series low of its October 5 episode.

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