Wednesday TV ratings: SEAL Team and Whiskey Cavalier up but is it enough? [May 1]

"Payback" -- Bravo Team is out for revenge as they search for the person responsible for the surprise bomb attack that left one of their own in peril, Wednesday, April 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Judd Lormand as Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Tyler Grey as Trent, AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn,Justin Melnick as Brock and Neil brown Jr. as Ray Perry. Photo: screengrab/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Payback" -- Bravo Team is out for revenge as they search for the person responsible for the surprise bomb attack that left one of their own in peril, Wednesday, April 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Judd Lormand as Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Tyler Grey as Trent, AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn,Justin Melnick as Brock and Neil brown Jr. as Ray Perry. Photo: screengrab/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /
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Wednesday nights have a few shows on the bubble. SEAL Team and Whiskey Cavalier were up in the Wednesday TV ratings, but will it be enough to save them?

There are many shows still on the bubble airing on Wednesday nights. All of ABC’s Wednesday lineup, except Modern Family, all of CBS’ lineup, and FOX’s Star still have open fates. While SEAL Team and Whiskey Cavalier jumped up in the Wednesday TV ratings and Star was steady, will it all be enough to save them?

Before looking at the shows on the bubble, it’s worth noting that the NBC’s Billboard Music Awards unsurprisingly won the night in both metrics. It pulled in 7.96 million viewers and 2.1 in the demo. While the demo would have beaten the normal One Chicago lineup, the shows, especially Chicago Fire, could have pulled in close and possibly better total audiences.

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Meanwhile, Riverdale dropped down to a 0.2 in the demo but remained relatively steady in the total audience. Likewise, Modern Family dropped in both metrics and Jane the Virgin lost almost 5% of its demo. The shows have either been renewed or are ending after this season, anyway.

Onto the bubble shows and I’ll start with FOX’s Star. It remained steady in the figures, which is definitely a good thing. I’ll be honest and say I’m surprised a renewal didn’t happen at the same time as Empire’s renewal.

It’s 0.9 demo puts it on par with CBS’ The Amazing Race and just behind ABC’s Modern Family, so it stands up against the competition. The music series is also one of FOX’s best dramas, sitting third in the demo (sixth overall when including comedies) and fourth in the audience (seventh overall when including comedies). This is a strong position and I honestly think FOX would made a mistake canceling it.

STAR: L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady in the “Proud Mary Keep On” episode of STAR airing Wednesday, May 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC CR: Wilford Harewood/FOX.
STAR: L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady in the “Proud Mary Keep On” episode of STAR airing Wednesday, May 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC CR: Wilford Harewood/FOX. /

Moving onto CBS, and Wednesdays offer two unscripted shows and a scripted drama. Starting with Survivor and The Amazing Race, both saw downward ticks in both metrics. However, Survivor held the top spot in both metrics outside of the NBC special and The Amazing Race performed well in its timeslot. If CBS wanted to cancel either, it would be The Amazing Race but I think both will make it through to another season.

SEAL Team saw a 4% boost to the demo and 19% boost to the ratings off the back of that heartbreaking episode this week. It’s a travesty that this show remains on the bubble. It won its timeslot, and the demo is the best since the timeslot change. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see an uptick for the penultimate episode of the season next week.

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Finally, it’s all about ABC in the Wednesday TV ratings, which has four shows on the bubble. The first two are The Goldbergs and Schooled. Despite their downward ticks this week, I don’t think they’re in danger.

The Goldbergs is especially safe. Despite losing almost 10% of its demo, it was joint third overall on the night not including the NBC special. The total audience saw almost a 4% drop but it was second in the timeslot out of the scripted shows and it was fourth overall.

Schooled is a little questionable with its 15% los in the demo, but it’ll benefit from being a spin-off of The Goldbergs. I don’t think we’re saying goodbye to it this season.

WHISKEY CAVALIER – “Good Will Hunting” – When an unexpected murder shocks everyone, Will goes to a dark place as he and the rest of the team are tasked to hunt down the culprit behind this unsettling attack on “Whiskey Cavalier,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Larry D. Horricks)TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS, SCOTT FOLEY
WHISKEY CAVALIER – “Good Will Hunting” – When an unexpected murder shocks everyone, Will goes to a dark place as he and the rest of the team are tasked to hunt down the culprit behind this unsettling attack on “Whiskey Cavalier,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Larry D. Horricks)TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS, SCOTT FOLEY /

The ABC shows I’m most worried about are Single Parents and Whiskey Cavalier. I’ll be honest and say I’ve completely fallen by the wayside on Single Parents. My DVR is packed with recorded episodes because I love the show but there’s just too much on TV right now. Maybe that’s why it’s struggling a little – it’s more of a guilty pleasure comedy than a must watch.

Whatever the reason, the ratings dropped 9% in the demo and 6% in the total audience compared to the previous week. There have been some consistent drops lately and ABC may decide to make room for a comedy it feels could perform better.

Likewise, the 16% upward tick in the demo for Whiskey Cavalier may not be enough to save it. The show hasn’t stood up against CBS’ Wednesday night drama, so suggests that ABC may try again with something else.

Check out the full Wednesday TV ratings for your favorite shows to see where they all stand.

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