The 90-minute spring premiere of CBS’ Survivor averaged a 1.9 rating in the demo and was Wednesday night’s most-watched broadcast – good news for a reality series opening its 32nd iteration. But its 8.35M total viewers and that demo rating were lowest ever for a season starter. Last year’s Survivor spring premiere clocked a 2.4/7 demo rating and 10 million viewers.
Opposite Survivor, Fox’s one-hour American Idol drew a 2.0 in the demo – tying Survivor in the hour but a new season low for Idol, for either a Wednesday or Thursday edition, suggesting the two competition series dinged each other ratings-wise. One week earlier, Idol Wednesday had clocked a demo 2.1/7, which had been a 9% dip from previous Wednesday. After Idol last night, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen held steady this week vs. last, with a 1.3/4.
ABC’s 8-9 PM comedies The Middle/The Goldbergs (1.9/7, 7.22M and 19/6, 6.3M) collectively nipped at Survivor’s first-hour heels demo-wise, and came in 90% ahead of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura (1.0/3, 6.291M).
From 9-10 PM, ABC’s comedies Modern Family (2.4/8, 7.4M)) and Black-ish (1.8/6, 5.78M) collectively won the demo, though Modern Family (2.4/8, 7.4M) carried that point, while Black-ish (1.8/6, 5.78M) tied NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. SVU (1.6/5, 7.68M) was the night’s night’s most-watched scripted series, with its third consecutive telecast overall audience growth, thumping Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.3/4.04M) and CW’s Supernatural (0.8/3, 2M), which enjoyed a 0.9/3, 2.45M Arrow lead-in.
NBC’s Chicago P.D. captured the 10 PM hour (1.6/6, 7.46M) and has now finished or tied for No. 1 ranking in the demo versus other nets’ regular competition with its 30 most recent regular-time slot originals. CPD bested slot’s No. 2-ranked broadcast drama, CBS’ Code Black (1.2/4, 6.4M), by 33% in the demo.
CBS won the night outright in overall audience with 7.18M watching, which edged out NBC’s 7.14M. CBS, ABC, and Fox shook hands – until L+3 stats are in, anyway – on a three-way 1.6/5 demo tie for No. 1, though CBS had pre-emptions in several North Carolina markets for Duke-UNC basketball, which is likely to affect its stats in that slot.