It looks like quite a few people binged season one of Riverdale on Netflix over the summer because the season 2 premiere saw the series at an all time high.
Riverdale began its second season on The CW Wednesday night with its best ratings ever. The show scored a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.30 million viewers, three tenths of a point higher than its previous best set by the series premiere. The CW says the show was the highest-rated among teens (ages 12-17) on the network since a Vampire Diaries episode five years ago. The network’s remake of Dynasty, however, didn’t fare as well. It came in at a 0.4 deo rating and 1.34 million viewers, slightly ahead of the 0.3 for Frequency in the same timeslot last fall. Working a bit in its favor is that I’m hearing it has a pretty hefty international deal and it matched the premiere of Valor, the other new series launch from the network on Monday night.
On Fox, Empire led the night in adults 18-49 with a 1.9 demo score and 5.86 million viewers, even with last week. Star followed and was up a tenth of a point for to a 1.5 demo rating and 4.59 million viewers. This Wednesday pairing is proving to be quite successful for the network.
On ABC, The Goldbergs (1.4, 5.61 million viewers, -0.2), Speechless (1.1, 4.34 million viewers, -0.2) and Modern Family (1.8, 6.21 million viewers, -0.1) were all down week to week, while American Housewife (1.4, 5.03 million viewers) and Designated Survivor (0.9, 4.60 million viewers) held steady.
On CBS, SEAL Team (1.2, 7.88 million viewers) and Criminal Minds (1.1, 5.93 million viewers) were all even with last week for the network.
On NBC, The Blacklist dipped a tenth of a point to a 0.9 demo rating and 5.63 million viewers, as did Law & Order: SVU (1.2, 5.72 million viewers). Chicago PD held steady at a 1.2 demo score and 5.97 million viewers.
Can Riverdale maintain this series high next week? Check back next Thursday for the Wednesday ratings recap!