Connecting a lot of Dick Wolf worked out pretty well for NBC last night. The Peacock was all about getting November sweep traction on Wednesday and the tactic was a success. NBC won the night with a 2.4/7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.02 million viewers – the latter being the most watched in-season Wednesday for the network since April 23, 2008, excluding Olympics coverage. Last night was also the fourth night in a row that NBC, which had the first part of the crossover on Tuesday with Chicago Fire, took the top ratings spot – something no network has done since last December.
Those results were in no short measure thanks to Night 2 of the Wolffest. Crossover episodes of Law & Order: SVU (2.4/7) and Chicago P.D. (2.2/7) soared up 50% and 57% among adults 18-49 from last week. Not only was that a season high for both shows in the demo, but for P.D. it was also a series demo high tie for the two season series and, with 9.5 million watching, a series viewership record. Sixteen seasons into its lifespan, SVU didn’t do too badly either with its first ever head-to-head win of time slot rival Criminal Minds (2.3/7) ever. The 9 PM NBC show also had its best result since its September 2013 2-hour Season 15 premiere and, with 10 million watching, hit its best viewership since the 10.13 million who watched this year’s season opener on September 24.
A special edition of The Voice (2.5/8) kicked off NBC’s Wednesday night. The singing competition show saw 8 contestants axed as a dozen moved forward in Season 7’s first live elimination show. On a night that saw NBC’s line-up preempted in Portland by the Trail Blazers beating the Denver Nuggets 130-113, the singing competition show was even with last year’s comparable special edition on November 7, 2013, but slid 14% from Tuesday’s playoff show. That basketball game could see some greater adjustments than usual on NBC’s show in final nationals, but as it stands The Voice was the most watched show of the night with 10.61 million viewers. On CBS, fellow Mark Burnett unscripted series and 8 PM time slot rival Survivor (2.3/7) was even with its November 5 show. Fox’s Hell Kitchen (1.5/5) cooked up a minor storm with a 15% rise in the demo over last week.
Having had the CMA Awards on last Wednesday, ABC returned to its regular predominantly comedy line-up with generally steady results. The Middle (1.9/6) bopped up 6% from its last original on October 29 while fellow sitcom The Goldbergs (2.1/6) slipped 5% and Modern Family (3.1/9) was down 11% from its last new show two weeks ago as it faced the NBC Wolffest last night. Modern Family was the top-rated show of the night. Lead-out Black-ish (2.5/7) took a dip of 7% from its October 29 show while drama Nashville was even with its broadcast on that night.
Head-to-head with the crossover, CBS’ Criminal Minds was up 10% from last week while freshman Stalker (1.4/4) slipped 7% from last week’s similar dip from October 29. At 9 PM, Fox’s struggling freshman Red Band Society (0.9/3) was even with its November 5 show.
The CW was a real roller coaster with Arrow (0.9/3) and The 100 (0.6/2) down 18% and up 20% respectively from last week. That’s a season high for the latter.