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Wednesday TV Ratings 9/27/17: American Housewife Returns Higher, SEAL Team Starts Decently (UPDATED)

Wednesday night certainly didn't see any successes on the level of Monday or Tuesday, with only two shows over 2.0. But a lot of shows did pretty well, with zero big four shows fractional. One of the night's most notable programs was the premiere of SEAL Team,  which did pretty well with a 1.5 rating. It's lead-in, Survivor, had some rough year-to-year comparisons but was steady with the premiere of its Spring 2017 season. 1.7 is certainly a fine number, and with the premiere week CBS has had for hourlong shows, the network will gladly take it. At 10, Criminal Minds assumed its new timeslot after more than a decade at 9. The show was visibly affected, and was down a lot form its premiere and finale from last season, but it was only about a tenth below its seasonal average from last year. The show was also well above the premieres of fellow 10 PM CBS dramas NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion, so this is a perfectly acceptable result. ABC had a mixed night. Most notable of its premieres is the first Wednesday episode of American Housewife. The show did well, grabbing onto a 1.6, higher than any of its results since early January. Its lead-in, Modern Family, was at 2.1, taking second for the night but about 20% behind last season's premiere. The Goldbergs probably had the best premiere of the ABC shows, down 10% from Season 4's premiere to a very strong 1.8, tying for the bronze. Speechless had a below-average night retention-wise, but its 1.4 rating is still pretty good. Still, the show undeniably underperformed, partially due to no promotion. Rounding out ABC's slate at 10 was Designated Survivor, which tied its finale but had some really rough half-hours and a downright ugly year-to-year trend. Still, with ABC's drama department not doing too hot, a 1.1 is pretty good. Fox won the night pretty easily, with Empire noticably down (about 40%), but still taking first with a 2.4. It led into a well-above-average Star, which tied for third with 1.8. Empire will likely take a dip next week and will likely continue to do so, but for now, Fox is probably pretty happy. Still, they'll have to hope Empire can steady itself this season, or it's only going to get uglier. NBC had an OK night. Their premiere Wednesday kicked off with a 1.1 for the Blacklist, which is above anything it did previously in 2017 but down a few tenths from last season's premiere. It led into SVU, which was down nearly a half point to 1.4. It's an unimpressive start for to long-running procedural. Chicago PD closed out the night with a less-ugly drop to 1.3, even after losing one of the show's main characters. NBC had a meh night, but was actually the Big 4 net that was down the least, with Fox taking the "honor" of largest decline.

Finals Update: Survivor (+0.1) adjusted up. Repeats of Arrow (-0.1) and Supernatural (-0.1) adjusted down.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMEmpire (P)2.5/107.05Fox

The Goldbergs (P)1.8/86.20CBS

Survivor (P)1.8/88.33ABC

The Blacklist (P)1.1/56.39NBC

Arrow (R)0.2/10.74The CW
8:30 PMSpeechless (P)1.4/65.03ABC
9 PMModern Family (P)2.1/87.01ABC

Star (P)1.8/75.40Fox

SEAL Team (Series Premiere)1.5/89.87CBS

Law & Order: SVU (P)1.4/65.64NBC

Supernatural (R)0.2/10.58The CW
9:30 PMAmerican Housewife (P)1.6/65.66ABC
10 PMCriminal Minds (P)1.3/67.00CBS

Chicago PD (P)1.3/66.11NBC

Designated Survivor (P)1.1/55.50ABC