Wednesday TV ratings: The Masked Singer Season 2 debut wins the night

THE MASKED SINGER: Host Nick Cannon (C) with all of the contestants in the special two-hour “Road to the Finals / Season Finale: The Final Mask is Lifted” season finale episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.
THE MASKED SINGER: Host Nick Cannon (C) with all of the contestants in the special two-hour “Road to the Finals / Season Finale: The Final Mask is Lifted” season finale episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. /
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The Masked Singer Season 2 premiered well in the Wednesday TV ratings. Here’s a total breakdown at that, One Chicago, Stumptown, and more.

For most networks, it was another night of premieres, both season and series premieres. However, unsurprisingly, it was The Masked Singer‘s Season 2 debut that took the night in both demo and total audience. It’s time for a complete breakdown of the Wednesday TV ratings.

Like the last two days, I’m going to break this down into detail. For the season premieres, I’ll compare against the season finales from last season. It just makes more sense than comparing against the previous premieres. All ratings have come from TV Series Finale, which looks at the Nielsen Ratings.

New shows is a little harder to compare, so will need to be compared against shows in that timeslot and other shows on the network. Only Stumptown was the new series of the night, so why not start with that?

Stumptown debuts okay

The TV ratings didn’t look stellar for Stumptown, especially when compared to NBC’s Chicago PD. However, things could change next week when CBS’ Wednesday night scripted shows return with S.W.A.T. on its new night.

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Stumptown pulled in 4.52 million viewers and 0.7 in the demo. While it was the lowest in the timeslot, the demo was on par with lead-in Single Parents. The total audience was extremely positive, up by almost two million from Single Parents and up by half a million from Modern Family Season 10’s premiere.

With any new show, I like to see what the figures are week on week for three or four weeks. This gives me an idea of whether the show is a success or not. Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. is a tough timeslot, as Whiskey Cavalier will tell you.

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Nine season premieres

Wednesday saw nine shows return from the summer hiatus. They were The Masked Singer, Survivor, Chicago Med, The Goldbergs, Schooled, Chicago Fire, Modern Family, Single Parents, and Chicago PD. We’ll work through this network by network like I did yesterday.

ABC

For ABC, it was all about the comedy up to new series StumptownThe Goldbergs started the night off with 4.48 million viewers and 1.0 in the demo. That was down by 3% and 6% respectively. However, it gives you an idea of how Stumptown performed!

The Goldberg’s spin-off, Schooled, was next. That saw a drop from its lead-in to 3.44 million and a 0.8 rating, and was down 12% and 15% respectively from the Season 1 finale.

Modern Family did tick back up for ABC, pulling in 4.04 million and a 1.0 in the demo. However, like it’s fellow comedies, the total audience was down 8% and demo down 3% from its previous finale.

ABC had its worst performer with Single Parents, which arguably was the surprising renewal of last year considering the audience it lost over the season. It’s 2.81 million viewers and 0.7 demo rating was the worst of the night across all the big four networks. The good news is that the total audience was up 7% from the Season 1 finale and the demo up 3%.

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CBS

For CBS, the only show to premiere was SurvivorSEAL Team and S.W.A.T. will premiere next week. It did pull in relatively strong with 6.29 million viewers and 1.2 in the demo, but it wouldn’t be any competition for FOX’s The Masked Singer.

The 90-minute premiere lost 19% of its viewers and 26% of its rating from its previous season premiere. But what about the finale? We’ll compare with the fall finale since there are fall and spring premieres for this series. The premiere was up 21% in the total audience and 17% in the demo.

NBC

One Chicago was back for NBC. Social was abuzz with the big reveals of character exits, especially Chicago Fire, which saw a major character death. But let’s start with Chicago Med, which was the best of the three shows in the total audience with 7.41 million viewers. It’s demo was a good 1.0 rating. Sadly, it was a 1.8% drop in the total audience and 5% drop in the demo from the Season 4 finale.

Chicago Fire saw the joint best demo of the One Chicago lineup, with a 1.1 rating on its 7.22 million audience. Compared to the Season 7 finale, that was up 3.7% in the demo but down 3.8% in the total audience.

How did Chicago PD fare with no Antonio Dawson? The show pulled in 6.52 million viewers and was join with Fire with a 1.1 in the demo. It was a small 1% drop in the audience but a 15% increase in the demo compared to the Season 6 finale.

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FOX

After the success of The Masked Singer Season 1, FOX opted for a two-hour special of the unscripted series. It was the best performer of the night, increasing its audience in the second hour!

The second season debuted with 7.46 million viewers and 2.3 in the demo. It then won the night in both metrics in the second hour with 8.38 million viewers and 2.6 in the demo.

Sadly, the ratings were considerably down from the Season 1 finale, but it’s worth noting that with reality shows the last episodes are usually at a high because of the reveals of the winners (or in this case, the masked singers). The figures are also down from the Season 1 premiere, but new shows tend to see a larger figure for the series premiere and then stabilize later.

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New episodes of current shows

CBS opted for a 90-minute finale for Big Brother Season 21. Remember what I mentioned in The Masked Singer breakdown? The finale unsurprisingly saw an uptick in the ratings compared to the previous episode. However, those ratings were still relatively low compared to the scripted programming throughout the night.

Big Brother ended with 4.38 million (up 1.1%) and 1.3 in the demo (up 15%). The show is yet to be renewed.

The CW had a rerun of Penn & Teller: Fool Us and then a new episode of Hypnotize Me. The new episode was up from its previous episode in the total audience by 8% to 0.45 million. The demo remained steady at 0.1.

Overall, it was a mixed night for all networks in terms of TV ratings. FOX now has the leading returning show and new show in the demo (Prodigal Son still holds the new series rights so far this week). There are still two more nights left, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

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What do you take from the Wednesday TV ratings? Which shows did you watch last night and what have you DVR’d? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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