9:34am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' Logs Season High, 'Heartbeat' Softens
Criminal Minds was up a shade on Wednesday night — enough to give the CBS veteran a season-high rating in the key demo.
Among adults 18-49, the series fetched a 2.1 rating. The drama can likely thank the exit of one of its original castmembers for its ratings spike. Coupled with Survivor (2.0 adults) and a steady second outing of spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the series helped CBS lead the rest of the broadcast networks with adults 18-49 and total viewers.
The entire ABC block — The Middle (1.7 adults), The Goldbergs (1.9 adults), Modern Family (2.4 adults), Black-ish (1.9 adults) and Nashville (0.9 adults) — was virtually even with last Wednesday.
After a middling debut on Tuesday, Heartbeat entered its official time slot on NBC. At 8 p.m., the show was off half a point from its post-Voice preview, with a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49. Disappointing, for sure, but it's worth noting that the time slot rarely fares much better among younger viewers with The Mysteries of Laura. Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) was steady, but Chicago P.D. dropped two-tenths of a point to a season low.
Rosewood (1.0 adults) and Hell's Kitchen (1.2 adults) were unmoved on Fox. And on The CW, Arrow (0.7 adults) took a steep spill before a steady Supernatural (0.6 adults).