Ratings: NBC and ABC Catch Up to Fox, ‘American Idol’ in 3-Way Key Demo Tie

CBS misses out on first-place party by just one-tenth of a point

Things got pretty crowded on the Nielsen ratings sheet last night, as NBC, ABC and Fox all finished in a three-way tie up top. CBS was just one-tenth of a ratings point away from joining the first-place party.

While NBC finished first alone in total viewers, the network was preempted in the Portland market by an NBA game, potentially goosing its numbers temporarily.

Fox is now at the point where “American Idol” airs only one hour instead of two, opening the door for the other broadcast networks on Wednesday nights.

NBC, Fox and ABC each had a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was first in viewers with 7.7 million, Fox was third with 6.8 million, ABC was fourth with 5.6 million.

For NBC, “The Mysteries of Laura” at 8 p.m. ET got a 1.2/4 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” posted a 1.9/6 and 7.7 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago PD” received a 2.0/7 and 8.3 million viewers.

For Fox, “Idol” at 8 p.m. ET had a 2.1/7 and 9.1 million viewers. At 9, “Hell’s Kitchen” got a 1.3/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Middle” at 8 p.m. ET received a 1.8/7 and 6.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Goldbergs” posted a 2.0/7 and 6.2 million viewers. At 9, “Modern Family” earned a 2.6/8 and 7.7 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 had a 1.9/6 and 6 million viewers. At 10, “American Crime” got a 0.9/3 and 3.3 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.6/5, but second in viewers with 7.5 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “2 Broke Girls” had a 1.6/6 and 6.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Mike & Molly” got a 1.6/5 and 6.6 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 received a 1.8/6 and 8.9 million viewers. At 10, “Code Black” landed a 1.3/4 and 7.1 million viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.2 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “Arrow” posted a 0.9/3 and 2.4 million viewers. At 9, “Supernatural” had a 0.8/2 and 1.9 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.