UPDATED with finals: Pairing Riverdale and Nancy Drew into a mystery lineup proved a good move for the CW, at least on premiere night.
The Archie comics adaptation opened its fourth season with 1.18 million viewers and 0.4 adults 18-49 rating in Live+Same Day for the tribute to late cast member Luke Perry. That was off a tenth in the demo and a fraction in viewers from the Season 3 opener but up double digits from the Season 2 finale and a smidgen above its Season 3 18-49 and viewership averages.
Coming off of that, the series premiere of Nancy Drew (1.174 million, 0.3) held onto virtually 100% of its Riverdale lead-in in total viewers to log the CW’s largest L+SD audience in the hour in nearly two years (since 11/22/17) and best retention of any post-Riverdale premiere. Last fall, All American debuted in the slot to 670,000 viewers and a 0.2 in the demo with a stronger Riverdale lead-in (1.5 million, 0.5). UPDATE: In the finals, Riverdale adjusted to a 1.14 million L+SD and Nancy Drew to 1.18 million, so the newbie actually built onto its viewership lead-in.
Fox’s Masked Singer (2.0, 6.9 million) held steady and once again dominated Wednesday in 18-49, leading Fox to a nightly victory in the demo. It has been the only entertainment broadcast program to crack the 2 18-49 L+SD rating so far this fall. In Week 2, Almost Family (0.8, 2.6 million) shed a few viewers from its soft debut for lead-in retention that remains in the 30% range. In 18-49, the unorthodox family drama is currently even with its premiere fast national, up a tenth from the final. UPDATE: As expected, Almost Family adjusted down again in the finals to a 0.7 in 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers.
ABC’s fellow new drama Stumptown (0.6, 3.4 million), one of the biggest delayed viewing gainers of Premiere Week, continues to shed Live+same viewers in its third week and posted its first week-to-week L+SD demo dip. The Goldbergs (1.0, 4.5 million) and Single Parents (0.7, 2.7 million) were steady, Schooled (0.7, 3.4 million) dipped a tenth while Modern Family (0.9, 4 million) slipped a bit to series L+SD lows.
NBC’s Chicago One lineup continues to tighten its grip on the night in total viewers and to hold steady in 18-49. Chicagos Med (1.1, 7.4 million) was even in the demo with its final last week, up a tenth from the fast national. Chicago Fire (1.2, 7.2 million) ticked up a tenth in the demo. Both dramas lost just a few eyeballs while Chicago P.D. (1.0, 6.4 million) added a few viewers while holding steady in the demo. NBC won the night in viewers by a wide margin with Med and Fire again as the 1-2 programs.
After an upward adjustments in the finals for Survivor (1.2, 6.5 million) and SWAT (0.6, 3.7 million) and downward one for SEAL Team (0.6, 4.8 million), Survivor and SWAP ended up on par with next week while SEAL Team slipped a tenth.