Let’s start here with Criminal Minds, which managed to improve on its previous outing to finish with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While we never want to have sure-fire expectations for anything, our feeling entering this episode was that we would be seeing an uptick this week. After all, there was no Chicago PD on the air and we absolutely felt as though CBS would flourish without that competition. Is a 0.8 rating really flourishing? Maybe not, but any sign of hope is certainly a positive. (Also, it is worth noting that last night’s Criminal Minds was the second-most-watched of the season with 5.4 million live viewers opting to check it out.)
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As for some other notable ratings news on the night, SEAL Team also benefited from the lack of competition over on NBC. Without Chicago Fire airing on the night, the show ended up finishing with a 1.0 rating in the demo — its best rating of the season! It also posted more than 6.5 million viewers, its highest total in that measurement, as well. What we’re basically getting a sense of here is that SEAL Team and Criminal Minds are both losing a lot of viewers live to One Chicago when those shows are on the air. (We should not that Chicago Med isn’t necessarily taking viewers away from Survivor, given that last night’s episode of the CBS reality show generated a 1.5 rating, more or less the same as the week before.)
As for ABC…
A Million Little Things aired its final Wednesday-night episode and generated a 0.7 rating in the demo for it — that’s not great, but remember that the network is clearly very interested in keeping this show around for as long as they can. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be moving it to Thursday nights in the new year. The main impetus for that move is the network trying to figure out a way in order to ensure more people check it out — there are few lead-ins better on TV than Grey’s Anatomy. It has a loyal following and even if 10% more viewers check out this show in its new timeslot, we certainly think that it will prove to be very much worthwhile.
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