ABC and Fox split the ratings riches Wednesday, though riches may not quite be the right word to describe broadcast’s flaccid performance on the night. Both scored a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and a 5 share. ABC aired repeats before a news special with President Donald Trump that did a 1.7.
On Fox, Lethal Weapon averaged a 1.4, while Star did a 1.2. Both were flat with the previous Wednesday.
CBS had a 1.2/4 on the night. Two hours of Hunted bagged a 1.4, before Code Black did a 0.9. Enjoying a massive lead-in Sunday thanks to the AFC championship, Hunted had premiered at 4.0.
NBC was in repeats but was pleased to report that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s 5.1 million total viewers (1.0 in 18-49) was the show’s highest repeat total in four years. NBC had a 0.9/3 on the night.
The CW’s Arrow returned to a flat 0.6, while the Frequency season finale was up a tenth of a point at 0.3. CW had a 0.4/1 for the night.
Among Spanish-language entrants, Univision scored a 0.7/2, while Telemundo did a 0.6/2.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.