Primetime Ratings: Fox Takes Tight Race With Strong ‘9-1-1’

Fox was the top ratings earner in Wednesday prime, as new drama 9-1-1 led the network to a 1.3 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. That was a wee bit better than the 1.2/5 put up by ABC and NBC.

The X-Files slipped 29% from its premiere to 1.0 on Fox and 9-1-1 lost 17% from its series debut at 1.5. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk created 9-1-1, and Peter Krause and Angela Bassett are in the cast.

On ABC, The Goldbergs rated a 1.5 and Speechless a 1.1, both shows flat, before Modern Family dropped 6% in its 200th episode for a 1.6. American Housewife slipped 8% to 1.2 while Match Game closed out prime at 0.8, down a tenth of a point from last week.

On NBC, Blacklist rated a flat 1.0 and Law & Order: SVU decreased 7% to 1.3, before Chicago P.D. posted a flat 1.3.

CBS did a 1.1/4. The Amazing Race dropped 13% to 1.4 and Seal Team score a flat 0.9, before Criminal Minds grew 11% to 1.0.

The CW rated a 0.3/1 with the 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala at 0.3 and Animal Crackers at 0.2. Last year’s Howie Mandel-fest did a 0.4.  

Michael Malone

Michael Malone is content director at B+C and Multichannel News. He joined B+C in 2005 and has covered network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television, including writing the "Local News Close-Up" market profiles. He also hosted the podcasts "Busted Pilot" and "Series Business." His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Boston Globe and New York magazine.