TV Ratings Report: All American Flops, Riverdale Returns Steady

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All American debuted on The CW Wednesday night, and it is not the hit the network expected it to be. 

With a 0.2 rating (0.7 million viewers), it really doesn't have any room to fall. 

Daniel Ezra as Spencer - All American

The CW notoriously doesn't base its decisions for renewals and cancellations on the live ratings, but this is not a positive start. 

It launched a tenth lower than Dynasty did in the slot last October, and while that soapy drama has a sparkly Netflix deal that heavily subsidizes its production costs, All American does not. 

What's more, All American held a paltry 40 percent of Riverdale Season 3 Episode 1's demo tally. Riverdale returned with a 0.5 rating (1.5 million viewers).

Time for a Swim - Riverdale Season 3 Episode 1

Riverdale launched three-tenths below last season's launch, but right on par with Riverdale Season 2's average. 

Over on CBS, Survivor was steady with a 1.5 rating (7.2 million viewers), while SEAL Team (5.6 million viewers/0.9 rating), and Criminal Minds (4.6 million/0.8 rating) each gained a tenth. 

NBC's One Chicago block, consisting of Chicago Med (8 million/1.3 rating), Chicago Fire (8.2 million/1.3 rating), and Chicago PD (7.1 million/1.2 rating) were all steady with last week's crossover numbers. 

Cookie's Pain - Empire Season 5 Episode 1

Fox's Empire (5.1 million/1.5 rating) was right on par with last week's result, while Star (4.3 million/1.3 rating) sang a little higher by building a tenth. 

Over on ABC, The Goldbergs (5.1 million/1.3 rating), Modern Family (5.1 million/1.4 rating) and A Million Little Things (3.7 million/0.8 rating) all matched last week's numbers, but American Housewife (4.3 million/1.0 rating) and Single Parents (3.7 million/1.0 rating) each dropped a tenth. 

Okay, TV Fanatics!

What did you watch last night?

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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