8:47am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: ABC Comedies Top Wednesday, Michelle Obama Makes 'Tonight' Pop
ABC scored a decisive demo win on Wednesday night, thanks to even outings of its entire comedy lineup.
Modern Family led primetime with an average 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and was joined by The Goldbergs (1.9 adults), Speechless (1.7 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults) as the top Big Four telecasts of the night in the key demo. At 10 o'clock, Match Game was down from last week's return but still averaged a competitive 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.
Star was also down on Fox, though by matching lead-in Lethal Weapon with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, it helped the network lock in No. 2 status for the evening.
On NBC, Blindspot (1.0 adults), Law & Order: SVU (1.4 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults) were steady with last week. The network's best news came in late night. Thanks to a visit from Michelle Obama, making her last TV appearance as first lady, Tonight was at a 10-month high for a Wednesday night. It averaged a 3.0 metered market rating among households and posted an early demo score that equaled that of Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert combined.
Criminal Minds led CBS' lineup with an even 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 in between episodes of Undercover Boss (1.1 adults) and Code Black (0.9 adults).
Frequency earned a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 for The CW.