Ratings: 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' Opens a Winner on Wednesday – Variety

CBS won Wednesday’s primetime ratings race behind “Survivor,” “Criminal Minds” and a solid though unspectacular bow for spinoff “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which easily defeated ABC’s “Nashville” but did not have to go up against an original episode of chief timeslot competitor “Chicago PD” on NBC.

Dayylight Saving Time was again a factor in bringing lower tune-in levels earlier in the evening. In the 8 o’clock half-hour, for example, the percentage of adults 18-49 watching television (25.0) was 9.1% lower than last week (27.5). That dropoff declined as the night went on, and once again the final half-hour of the night (27.5%) was up nearly 1% week to week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Survivor” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) held steady week to week despite the start of Daylight Saving Time, winning its hour across the board. It was followed by “Criminal Minds” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), which was also on par with its prior original and placed second for its hour in demos and first in total viewers.

Closing things out for the Eye, the “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” averaged a timeslot-winning 1.6/6 in 18-49, 2.3/7 in 25-54 and 8.65 million total viewers. It retained a solid 84% of its 18-49 lead-in from “Criminal Minds” and opened a tick higher than last fall’s timeslot debut of “Code Black.” While a solid start, “Beyond Borders” may be hard-pressed to match these numbers going forward given it will face tougher competition from original episodes of “Chicago PD,” while its own “Criminal Minds” lead-in figures to drop once Fox’s “Empire” returns. Five years ago, the “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” retained 100% of its “Criminal Minds” lead-in before fading in subsequent weeks.

At ABC, “The Middle” (1.7/7 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) drooped in its first airing during Daylight Saving Time, down 0.2 from its prior original and at a season low, though still at the same 7 share. Holding up better, though, were “The Goldbergs” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (2.5/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), each of which was about at its prior ratings level in their respective timeslots. “Modern Family” was the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 as well ad 25-54 (3.2/9) and 18-34 (1.6/7).

Closing the night for ABC, “Nashville” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) was up a tick from the series low it delivered with its fall finale and on par with last week’s finale of “American Crime,” which followed a “Black-ish” repeat; currently at a 0.94 un-rounded, there’s a chance the country music-themed soap could edge up to a 1.0 in the finals. In the prelims, it edged out a repeat of “Chicago PD,” which will be back in originals next week.

Fox held steady with “Rosewood” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), while “Hell’s Kitchen” was down a tenth (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). “Empire” takes over the 9 p.m. timeslot starting in two weeks.

NBC aired repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” at both 8 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), closing with an encore of “Chicago PD” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall). Medical drama “Heartbeat” makes its return in the 8 o’clock hour next week.

And CW went with encores of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

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