Wednesday TV ratings: CBS mostly benefits from night of reruns

"Danger Crossing" -- While Jason is sidelined with an injury, Ray takes over as Bravo 1 and leads the team on a mission to rescue a marine pilot who was shot down in enemy territory, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, Nov. 27 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Neil Brown Jr. as Ray Perry and Parisa Fakhri as Naima Perry. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"Danger Crossing" -- While Jason is sidelined with an injury, Ray takes over as Bravo 1 and leads the team on a mission to rescue a marine pilot who was shot down in enemy territory, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, Nov. 27 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Neil Brown Jr. as Ray Perry and Parisa Fakhri as Naima Perry. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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While the other networks mostly opted for specials or reruns, CBS had a night of all-new programming. It was a good move for the Wednesday TV ratings.

Thanksgiving week tends to see reruns and specials across the board. Wednesday, Nov. 27 was certainly that for the majority of networks. However, CBS decided to do something different, being the only network to have an entire night of new programming. It fared well in the Wednesday TV ratings.

With One Chicago shows on winter break, NBC did have a night of specials. Ellen Games of Games pulled in a respectable 0.7 in the demo, but the Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving special was the better decision, pulling in a 0.9 demo.

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ABC won the night in the demo with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which isn’t all that surprising. While 5.52 million tuned in, it got a 1.2 demo rating. The night slumped after that with two reruns of Modern Family and a rerun of Stumptown. That’s not all that surprising and something ABC was likely betting on happening.

FOX attempted to take advantage of the night of reruns and specials. After a rerun of The Masked Singer, its freshman dramedy, Almost Family aired a new episode. It lost 20% of its demo and 21% of its total audience, taking it down to the levels of The Flash on Tuesday night. This isn’t a good sign and this show is likely one and done.

CBS was the network to score well in the Wednesday TV ratings. While Survivor was slightly down, it took the top spot in the total audience for the night with 6.57 million viewers. The 8% drop in the demo only took it to 1.1, the second-best of the night.

“Sea Legs” – The SWAT team joins forces with the Los Angeles Organized Crime division to recover an officer abducted during a failed undercover operation. Also, Chris struggles with how to comfort the kidnapped officer’s parents when she is restricted from giving them certain details of the investigation, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay, and David Lim as Victor Tan. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“Sea Legs” – The SWAT team joins forces with the Los Angeles Organized Crime division to recover an officer abducted during a failed undercover operation. Also, Chris struggles with how to comfort the kidnapped officer’s parents when she is restricted from giving them certain details of the investigation, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay, and David Lim as Victor Tan. Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

SEAL Team and SWAT both saw upward ticks in both demo and audience. Bravo Team jumped up by 14% in the demo and 23% in the total audience, furthering my feeling that this show is going to be safe for another year.

SWAT‘s 40% rise in the demo and 38% rise in the total audience suggests that the timeslot just isn’t great for it. And it’s a shame if the show is canceled because of this. I know plenty of people who will watch this show on record when Chicago PD is on. Hopefully, the delayed viewings tell CBS to keep the Shemar Moore series on the air.

Take a look at the Wednesday TV ratings for Nov. 27 to see how your favorite shows did.

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