Premiere of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders brought solid starting stats to CBS Wednesday at 10 PM, retaining 84% of its mothership show’s demo leadin, and 90% of its total haul, while fading 0.2 rating point from first half-hour to second.
Meanwhile, ABC’s Modern Family celebrated its sixth consecutive first run telecast as Wednesday’s No. 1 show in the demo, as the network’s comedy block returned to all originals, for the first time in three weeks.
The night, which CBS took in both the demo and overall audience, started with Survivor winning the 8 PM hour (2.1, 9.4M viewers) and one of few programs this week to survive Daylight Savings Switch un-dinged, week to week. ABC’s comedies The Middle (1.7, 7.1M) and The Goldberg’s (1.9, 6.7M) followed, and NBC’s rebroadcast of Law & Order: SVU (0.9, 4.6M) tied Fox’s original Rosewood in the demo while topping in total viewers (4.6M vs. 3.7M).
At 9 PM, CBS’s Criminal Minds was the night’s most watched program overall, but fell short of ABC’s comedies in the demo, thanks mostly to Modern Family (2.5/8.1M) which thumped the first half hour of CM. A second L&O: SVU repeat, in the show’s regular timeslot (0.9, 4.2M) finished a distant third.
At 10 PM, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders won its time period in viewers (8.7M), adults 18-49 (1.6) and adults 25-54 (2.3), basking in the repeat-ed-ness of NBC’s Chicago P.D. (0.8, 4M). ABC’s DVR darling Nashville returned from a three-month break with Live + Same Day gains over its mid-season finale way back on December 9. That includes total viewers (5% – 4.3 million vs. 4.1 million) and the demo (13% – 0.9 vs. 0.8). And yet, Chicago P.D.’s repeat came within 0.1 of a point of Nashville in the hour in the demo. But, Nashville is the night’s top gainer this season from L+SD to L+7, on jumping an average of 82% in the demo.