9:09am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Law & Order: SVU' Gets a Bump With 400th Episode
Law & Order: SVU for its 400th episode was one of a few Wednesday shows to pop last night.
The NBC drama, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers, was up by two-tenths of a point in the key demo and posted its best scores since September — favorable news during a week that seems to have many viewers suffering a Super Bowl hangover.
ABC was the night's big winner, scoring top demo status for the whole of primetime and ranking as the only network to outperform SVU during the 9 o'clock hour. After a dipping Goldbergs (1.7 adults), which shed three-tenths of a point in the key demo, Speechless (1.6 adults) and Modern Family (2.2 adults) held steady, and Black-ish ticked up to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. At 10 p.m., Match Game pulled an even 1.0 among adults 18-49.
Steady again were Fox's Lethal Weapon and Star. The dramas each fetched a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, with Lethal Weapon pulling 6.2 million viewers to Star's 4.2 million.
On either side of SVU, NBC had new episodes of Blindspot (0.9 adults) and Chicago P.D. (1.3 adults). The latter lost two-tenths of a point from its previous original, though it still topped its hour.
On CBS, Hunted logged a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 — a score shared by lead-out Criminal Minds. The episode marked a same-day low for the veteran procedural. Code Black, completing its second season, was down a shade to a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and just under 6 million viewers for its finale.
Both Arrow (0.6 adults) and The 100 (0.4 adults) were unmoved on The CW.