Wednesday TV ratings: A bad night for TV networks [Feb. 13]

Wednesday night is usually a time for ABC’s comedy lineup to shine and NBC’s One Chicago Night to be top of the class. It was a bad night for most networks now that Wednesday TV ratings are in.

TV networks didn’t have a great night on February 13. It looks like people may have been celebrating Valentine’s Day a day early, because the majority of shows were down. Usually, we see NBC’s One Chicago perform strongly and ABC’s comedy night hold steady, but Wednesday TV ratings show almost everything was down.

The only two shows to see upticks in both metrics were the unscripted programs at 9 p.m. CBS’ Big Brother: Celebrity Edition finale saw a 25% uptick in the demo to 1.0 and an 18% uptick in the audience to 4.03 million. While the ratings were up, the show only made it into third place for that timeslot.

FOX had the best night with The Masked Singer, taking the demo win with 2.4 (up 9%). The total audience was the second highest for the timeslot and third highest of the night at 7.79 million (up 9%).

Most other shows were completely down. ABC opted for a rerun of Modern Family and Schooled but the other two shows slumped in the ratings. Single Parents is the most alarming, as it dropped by 20+% in both its metrics, delivering series lows. Considering the comedy hasn’t been picked up for a second season yet, this is a worrying sign.

However, ABC may consider that every single show was down. The Goldbergs delivered a series-low in the total audience and a second-to-series-low in the demo.

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CBS managed to see an uptick in the total audience for The World’s Best, but the demo was down and the audience didn’t stick around for the second hour of Celebrity Big Brother.

The CW opted for reruns of both Riverdale and All American, and it’s not entirely clear why. For Riverdale, it’s likely to ensure the final few episodes can be filmed and spaced out to hit the May Sweeps. For All American, it’s possibly that the ratings wouldn’t fair well without a lead-in from Riverdale.

One Chicago did win the night, but each of the metrics were down (except for Chicago PD‘s total audience). I’ll admit that this was surprising, especially for Chicago Fire, which delivered one of its strongest episodes of the season and of the last few years. The ratings for the three shows aren’t dangerously low for cancellation but they are disappointing for a strong night in terms of programming.

Check out the full Wednesday TV ratings.

What were you watching on Feb. 13? What were you doing instead of watching TV? What do you think about the Wednesday TV ratings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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