8:38am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Swapped 'Carmichael' Episode Holds on Wednesday
The absence of both the NBA and NHL Finals was apparent on Wednesday night. What few original series aired on the Big Four were largely lifted without the sports competition.
Fox led the night in the key demo, driven by a boosted MasterChef (up two-tenths to a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49) and a new episode of fellow Gordon Ramsay vehicle The F Word. The live format was slightly improved, airing without having to compete against NBA coverage in its third week.
Broadcast's only other new efforts were on NBC. Both Little Big Shots (1.1 adults) and The Carmichael Show (0.8 adults) were flat with the previous week.
For Carmichael, it also marked a last-minute episode switch. The socially conscious sitcom's originally scheduled episode, "Shoot-Up-Able," was pulled after shootings at a congressional baseball game and a San Francisco UPS facility marred the day's headlines. In its place, NBC aired the episode "Lesbian Wedding," with the shooting-themed episode shelved for a later date.