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Ratings: CBS’ ‘Doubt’ Gets Off to Uncertain Start With Weak Premiere

Legal drama starring Katherine Heigl, Dulé Hill and Laverne Cox fails to draw big numbers in both key measures

The new CBS legal drama “Doubt” opened to not-so-stellar ratings in its Wednesday night premiere.

The series — which stars Katherine Heigl, Dulé Hill and Laverne Cox — drew 5.3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic. Those numbers put it second in its 10 p.m. time slot in total viewers behind “Chicago PD” (6.5 million viewers, 1.3 rating) on NBC and third in the demo behind “PD” and “Match Game” (3.5 million viewers, 0.9 rating) on ABC.

“Doubt” is taking over the Wednesday night time slot of “Code Black.” For comparison purposes, the latter series opened its second season back in September with a 1.2 rating and 6.4 million viewers. The Season 2 finale last Wednesday drew a 0.9 and 6.1 million viewers.

ABC topped the night in the demo with a 1.4 rating but finished fourth in total viewers with 5.19 million. “The Goldbergs” drew a 1.8 rating and 6.5 million viewers at 8. “Speechless” followed at 8:30 with a 1.5 rating and 5.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” drew a 2.0 rating and 6.9 million viewers at 9. “Black-ish” came in with a 1.5 rating and 5.3 million viewers at 9:30. “Match Game” closed out at 10.

Fox finished second in the key demo with a 1.3 rating but third in total viewers with 5.23 million. “Lethal Weapon” pulled in a 1.4 rating and 6.3 million viewers at 8. “Star” followed at 9 with a 1.2 rating and 4.1 million viewers.

NBC finished third in the demo with a 1.2 rating but second in total viewers with 5.7 million. “Blindspot” aired at 8 with a 0.9 rating and 4.3 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” followed at 9 with a 1.5 rating and 6.2 million viewers. “Chicago PD” aired at 10.

CBS finished fourth in the demo with a 1.1 rating but first in total viewers with 6 million. “Hunted” pulled in a 1.2 rating and 5.4 million viewers at 8. “Criminal Minds” drew a 1.3 and 7.3 million viewers at 9. “Doubt” followed at 10.

Univision finished fifth overall with a 0.7 rating and 2 million viewers.

Telemundo finished sixth with a 0.6 rating and 1.5 million viewers.

The CW finished seventh with a 0.5 rating and 1.4 million viewers. “Arrow” drew a 0.6 and 1.7 million viewers at 8. “The 100” followed at 9 with a 0.4 rating and 1.1 million viewers.