Last night’s episode of the CW’s Arrow (0.5/2) was titled ‘The Sin-Eater,” but it also saw a ratings bite taken out of the DC series.
Down 17% from last week among adults 18-49, Wednesday’s Arrow hit a new target for the five-season show: a series low. That comes after the series, already renewed for a sixth season, has held steady at its previous low of 0.6 since returning from its Season 5 winter break January 25. Lead-out The 100 (0.4/2) was even with its February 15 episode.
Arrow wasn’t the only show dipping into the lowland. Also at 8 PM, NBC’s breakout show for the 2015-2016 season, the now unsteady Blindspot (0.8/3), was even with last week’s final adjusted numbers to match its own series low and come in last in the slot among the Big 4.
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Actually, with the exception of CBS’ Hunted (1.2/3), which was even with last week, everything at 8 PM suffered a decline. The just-renewed Lethal Weapon (1.3/5) and ABC’s The Goldbergs (1.7/7) both were down a tenth, too. At 9 PM, Fox and Lee Daniels’ Star (1.24) was even with last week.
ABC is likely not too worried about the Goldbergs dip, as it again had Wednesday’s top show in Modern Family (2.0/7, even with last week) and one of the night’s few rises with Black-ish (1.6/6) up a tenth to a six-week high, With Speechless (1.5/5) and Match Game (0.9/3) matching the fast affiliates for their February 15 episodes, the Disney-owned net topped the night for a third week in a row with an overall 1.5/5 rating – up a tenth from what it drew last week.
In a tight race with CBS, NBC won Wednesday’s viewership with an audience of 5.43 million, compared to the House of Moonves’ 5.42 million. CBS had the most watched individual show of the night again with the 7.16 million who tuned in for Criminal Minds (1.3/5). That show also was one of primetime’s few gainers, rising a tenth in the key demo compared with last week.
Not unsurprisingly there was no rise for newbie Doubt (0.6/2) after a less than impressive debut last week. Having started off with a CBS in-season drama-debut low February 15, the Katherine Heigl-led legal show took a 25% demo tumble this week to end up as last night’s lowest-rated series on the Big 4.
The rest of NBC’s night saw Law & Order: SVU (1.3/5) down a tenth from last week’s final numbers and Chicago P.D. (1.3/5) even with its February 15 episode.
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