The first Wednesday of the February sweep saw a classic ratings-seeking crossover from NBC with Law & Order: SVU (1.9/6) and Chicago P.D. (2.0/7). And, unsurprisingly, it worked for the Comcast-owned network. The Windy City-set Dick Wolf series rose 18% among adults 18-49 last night to its best demo result in just over a year. Also, up for the second week in a row, SVU rose 6%, The Mysteries of Laura (1.2/4) rose a tenth, and the net itself was up 13% to match Fox and ABC for the top spot with a 1.7/6 rating. NBC also topped the night in overall viewers with 7.67 million watching — a step ahead of CBS’ 7.51 million.
As for Fox, which was down 11% overall from February 3, last night was not so upticking – to say the least. Once again, American Idol (2.1/7) took a dip on Wednesday, this time down 9% from last week. That seemed to spill over to Hell’s Kitchen (1.3/4), which had a 13% decline for its lowest result yet in its new slot.
ABC also got caught a touch of ratings gravity, to a lesser extent, with the first original Modern Family (2.6/8) since January 13 slipping 4%. Still, the Emmy-laden comedy was the top-rated show on Wednesday. Other ABC comedies The Middle (1.8/7) and The Goldbergs (2.0/7) were even with their last originals of January 20, while Black-ish (1.9/6) was up 12%. Closing out the night, American Crime (0.9/3) was also up, 13% in the demo over last week’s show, when it had a soft Madoff movie as its lead-in.
The CW saw Arrow (0.9/3) even with its February 3 episode, while Supernatural (0.8/2) was up 14% among the 18-49s. A new Criminal Minds (1.8/6) was down 10% from its last original of January 27, while lead-ins 2 Broke Girls (1.6/5) and Mike & Molly (1.6/5) were even with last week. At 10 PM, Code Black (1.3/4) had an 8% rise of its February 3 show.