8:48am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Black-ish' Falls, 'Stalker' Scares Up a Crowd
The latest new entry to the Big Four lineup, Kevin Williamson's controversial Stalker, made a solid debut on Wednesday night.
After the season premiere of Criminal Minds, Stalker averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers. That was enough to easily win the 10 p.m. time slot for CBS. The network's first round of live-plus-seven-day projections for the series have it rising 51 percent in the key demo.
Survivor shed just 11 percent from last week, pulling a 2.4 rating in the key demo, while Criminal Minds (2.7 adults) returned steady with last fall's opener.
Many are likely keeping a close eye on Black-ish after last week's auspicious debut — and while the series didn't completely fumble in it second episode, it did drop. Live-plus-same-day ratings have the comedy down 24 percent from last week with a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. That's also half a point off of Modern Family (3.5 adults), far less retention than it boasted last week.
The Middle (1.9 adults) lost some steam from last week as well, though The Goldbergs (2.2 adults) continues to build on its lead-in. Nashville (1.5 adults) held steady.
NBC's The Mysteries of Laura (1.4 adults) also was virtually even with last week's showing, while Law & Order: SVU (1.8 adults) and Chicago PD (1.6 adults) fell a respective four- and three-tenths of a point.
Both Hell's Kitchen (1.4 adults) and Red Band Society (1.1 adults) were steady on Fox — the latter most recently seeing 64 percent growth in the key demo after three additional days of time-shifting.