Wednesday TV Ratings 10/21/20: The Goldbergs and The Conners Tie Finales for Premieres, Blackish Returns Up, World Series Drops (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: For the first time in over 10 years, ABC's Wednesday comedy lineup debuted without 'Modern Family' holding down the 9pm slot. It was ultimately a mixed bag for the alphabet network as the season premieres of 'The Goldbergs' (0.8) and 'The Conners' (0.9) were steady with their season finales but several tenths behind their year-ago premieres (1.0/1.3). 'The Conners' made the move from Tuesday to Wednesday in decent fashion, roughly on par with where the final season of 'Modern Family' began (1.05). At 9:30, the 'Black-ish' premiere (0.6) was two-tenths above its rotten May finale (0.4) but came in three-tenths behind 2019's start (0.9). 'The Con' (0.5) rose two-tenths from last week at 10pm. 

Game 2 of the World Series (1.8) matched what game 1 managed in prelims and could potentially tie or eclipse the 2.4 A18-49 rating that game posted in finals. Needless to say, Fox's broadcast of the game was the top program of the night. CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.9) and 'The Amazing Race' (0.6) both lost a tenth from last week. But a 'SWAT' repeat at 10pm (0.3) tied what it managed a week ago. 'The Wall' (0.6) inched up on NBC while 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.4) shed two-tenths. The CW held even with 'Devils' (0.1) and 'Coroner' (0.1).

Finals Update: Game 2 of the 'World Series' (2.3, +0.5) adjusted up, still a tenth behind Game 1 (2.4). 'Big Brother' (1.0, +0.1), 'The Amazing Race' (0.7, +0.1), and 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5, +0.1) all adjusted up as well. 

Time

Show

18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)

Channel

8 PM2020 World Series Game 22.3/158.95Fox

Big Brother1.0/64.18CBS

The Goldbergs (P)0.8/54.13ABC

The Wall0.6/43.59NBC

Devils0.1/10.54The CW
9 PMThe Conners (P)0.9/54.90ABC

The Amazing Race0.7/43.30CBS

American Ninja Warrior0.5/32.59NBC

Coroner0.1/10.76The CW
9:30 PMBlackish (P)0.6/43.09ABC
10 PMThe Con0.5/32.72ABC

SWAT (R)0.3/21.70CBS
Key:
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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