'Criminal Minds' Ratings Rise With Big Exit, 'Heartbeat' Soft In Slot Debut – Deadline

Criminal Minds March 23

There was a goodbye to an original cast member on Criminal Minds (2.1/7) last night and a hello to its regular time slot for Heartbeat (0.9/4). The long-running CBS procedural was up 11% among adults 18-49 from last week to hit a Season 11 high in both the demo and viewers (10.71 million). As for the new NBC medical drama – well, the Melissa George starrer fell 36% among the key demo from what its preview pulled in a post-The Voice spot on Tuesday night. Added to that soft start, and its last place spot in the slot among the Big 4, Heartbeat was down 10% from the worst that The Mysteries of Laura did in the 8 PM Wednesday slot this season.

The rest of NBC’s night then saw Law & Order: SVU (1.5/5) slip 6% with its first original since March 2. That was followed by Chicago P.D. (1.3/5) taking a 13% stumble to what is a Season 3 low in early numbers. The CW also saw lows in fast affiliate numbers with Arrow (0.7/3) back after almost a month and down 30% in the key demo from its February 24 show. Lead-out Supernatural (0.6/2) dipped a tenth to match its Season 11 low.

Overall, the rise that Criminal Minds had was indicative of a steady Wednesday again for CBS, which was the highest-rated (1.9/7) and most-watched (9.19 million) net of the night – as it was last week. Survivor (2.0/8) dipped a tenth at 8 PM as did 10 PM’s new Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (1.5/5) spinoff from last week’s premiere.

The highest-rated show of the night was Modern Family (2.4/8), which slipped 4% on what was a fairly steady night for ABC. The Middle (1.7/7) and black-ish (1.9/6) were even with their March 16 shows while The Goldbergs (1.9/7) dipped a tenth. One week after its return from winter break, Nashville (0.9/3) also hit the same ratings note as it did on March 16.

Rosewood (1.0/4) and Hell’s Kitchen (1.2/4) were both up for Fox with rises of 11% and 9% among the 18-49s. Of course Empire is back from its Season 2 break next week and then we’ll see the mic drop for Fox.

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