Code Black Ratings

Ratings: Code Black Returns Steady vs. Finale, Amid Season 2 Cast Shake-Up

Despite suffering some backlash in the wake of multiple off-season cast changes, CBS’ Code Black returned on Wednesday to 6.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating (per finals), on par with its February finale.

Versus its freshman launch, though, it was down 27 and 20 percent. TVLine readers gave the “2.0” premiere an average grade of “B.”

Opening the Eye’s night, Survivor (9.2 mil/2.1) slipped 14 and 9 percent from its premiere. Criminal Minds (8.9 mil/1.9) kicked off Season 12 down 12 percent and a tenth from its year-ago opener (and likely hit all-time premiere lows) but was up a tick from its May finale.

Elsewhere on the night….

ABC | black-ish (5.6 mil/1.6) dropped 30 percent in the demo from its season opener. Designated Survivor (8 mil/1.8) slipped 21 and 18 percent from its debut, but is up 68 and 64 percent from Nashville‘s year-ago numbers. The Goldbergs (6.6 mil/1.9) dipped just a tenth, while Speechless (6.4 mil/1.8) and Modern Family (7.4 mil/2.3) were both down 10 percent.

FOX | Lethal Weapon (7.2 mil/2.0) and Empire (9.7 mil/3.7) dipped 9 and 12 percent in the demo versus their respective season openers, with the latter as typical dominating the night.

NBC | Blindspot (5.6 mil/1.3) was steady week-to-week, Chicago PD (6.1 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth and SVU (6.1 mil/1.5) slipped two tenths.

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