It was a full night of Big 4 TV last night with no specials, no award shows, no crossovers and no encores except on the CW. There were some winter returns, a debut and a strong season high. Let’s give props to the latter first with NBC steady performer Chicago P.D. (2.0/7) bopping up 5% among adults 18-49 from last week’s season high to hit a new high.
Here’s the thing that makes that small uptick for the “Knock the Family Right Out” episode all the more impressive. Last week, P.D. was the beneficiary of a three-way crossover among all the Dick Wolf Windy City series. Last night the 10 PM show was all solo and matched its best non-crossover demo rating ever for the three-season drama. In fact, overall NBC had a good Wednesday with both Mysteries of Laura (1.2/4) and Law & Order: SVU (2.0/6) up double digits in the key demo 20% and 11% respectively. Pretty steady with last week, NBC took the top viewership spot from FOX with 7.82 million watching the Comcast-owned net as opposed to 7.28 million watching the home of American Idol (2.5/8)
The second week of the final season of American Idol saw the veteran take a 17% demo drop from its January 6 2-hour premiere, which was a opener low. Not that big a blow, this week’s decline didn’t stop Fox from winning the night demowise with a 1.9/6, nor Idol from still being most watched show of the night with 9.74 million watching. While Idol might see some adjustments in the final numbers, its star power still didn’t exactly set a winning stage for the debut Second Chance (1.2/4).
With a soft 9 PM premiere, the back from the dead and more cop drama was far far behind the time slot debut of Empire on January 7 last year. Apples-to-approximate apples, Second Chance tumbled 68% from what the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created hip hop drama drew in its debut after the Season 14 Idol opener. Not on the same nights but in the same slot, Second Chance, which was once known as The Frankenstein Code, did best the September 21, 2015 debut of the now shuttered Minority Report by 9% among the demo.
The top rated show of last night was Modern Family (2.6/8) but all of ABC’s comedies took a bit of a dip from last week. Modern Family dipped 7% with lead-ins The Middle (1.9/7) and The Goldbergs (2.0/6) down 10% and 5%. After a double digit rise last week, black-ish (1.9/6) came down 10% last night. In its second week of its second season American Crime (1.1/4) stayed reasonably steady with its January 6 sophomore debut with an 8% slip among the 18-49s.
Back to a full schedule after last week’s People’s Choice Awards, CBS’s night started off with 2 Broke Girls (1.7/6) and Mike & Molly (1.6/5) even with last week. Matching a season demo best, Criminal Minds (2.0/6) was up 5% from its last original of December 9 but down 9% from its Season 10 winter return of January 14 last year. No winter return upward movement for newbie Code Black (1.3/4), which dipped 7% from its last original of December 9 last year.