9:56am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Little Optimism for CBS' 'Doubt'
CBS midseason drama Doubt did not get off on strong footing on Wednesday. Even by the more forgiving standards of the current TV-viewing climate, its night of draw was a disappointment.
At 10 p.m., Doubt averaged a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 (the lowest demo score of a Big Four show on the night) and 5.3 million viewers. It's the second TV effort from Katherine Heigl in recent years, following on the heels of NBC drama State of Affairs.
ABC led the night, despite Modern Family hovering at a season low 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. The rest of the lineup — The Goldbergs (1.8 adults), Speechless (1.5 adults), Black-ish (1.5 adults) and Match Game (0.9 adults) — held steady.
NBC's Law & Order: SVU saw a modest dip after last week's 400th episode, sandwiched between steady episodes of Blindspot (0.9 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.3 adults).
Fox saw Lethal Weapon (1.4 adults) inch upward and Star (1.2 adults) move about the same amount in the opposite direction.
Elsewhere on CBS, Hunted continued its very steady run with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. At 9 p.m, Criminal Minds (the lead-in for Doubt) was up to a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49.
Both Arrow (0.6 adults) and The 100 (0.4 adults) were steady on The CW.