CBS topped a Wednesday of premieres and finales, despite its “Survivor” season-ender slipping from last year. The evening marked the final primetime offerings of the traditional fall season.
For ABC, the event game show “500 Questions” didn’t make the grade at 8 p.m., debuting to a 1.2 rating/5 share in the key demo and 5 million total viewers. Fellow network season premiere “Celebrity Wife Swap” was also limp last night, and Fox’s season opener of “MasterChef” didn’t quite light the world on fire either.
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CBS was first in ratings with a 2.1/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Survivor” finale at 8 earned a 2.2/7 — tying for top rating of the night, though down 15 percent from last May’s season ender — and a primetime-best 9.4 million viewers. The reunion show at 10:30 posted a 1.7/6 and 6.9 million viewers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and third in viewers with 4.9 million. Following “500 Questions,” the “Modern Family” season finale at 9 fell 19 percent from last week to a series low 2.2/8 and had 7.1 million viewers. At 9:30, the “Black-ish” finale dropped 20 percent to a 1.6/5, with 5.4 million total viewers. “Celebrity Wife Swap” at 10 received a 1.0/3 and 3.3 million total viewers.
NBC was third in ratings with a 1.3/5 and second in viewers with 7.2 million, airing all finales. At 8, “The Mysteries of Laura” had a 1.1/4 and 7.3 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” dipped to a 1.4/5 and 7.2 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago P.D.” closed to the same numbers as its lead-in.
Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “MasterChef” was the only show on its schedule.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.2 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million. Following a rerun, the “Supernatural” finale at 9 got a 0.7/2 and 1.8 million viewers.