TV Ratings: Criminal Minds Soars to 14 Month Highs

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Criminal Minds may be airing its final season, but the series packed a big punch in the ratings Wednesday night.

Criminal Minds Season 15 Episode 5 drew 5.9 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating -- the show's largest total viewers since April 2018 and best demo rating in 14 months. 

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Probably helping things, NBC's Chicago trifecta took the night off. 

Before Criminal Minds, CBS aired Super Bowl Greatest Commercials, which did 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating. 

This was enough for the special to lead the night. 

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Closing the night for the Eye network was SWAT (4.4 million/0.7 rating), which matched its best demo rating of the season. 

Riverdale Season 4 Episode 11 had 0.7 million viewers and a 0.2 rating, holding steady with last week as well as its season average. 

Next week, we have Lucy Hale appearing on the series as Katy Keene ahead of the spinoff's official debut. 

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Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 13 was steady as a rock with 0.6 million viewers and a 0.1 rating. 

Even though the series is not performing great in live ratings, the network must be happy with the post-airdate performance, as well as the streaming deal it has for the show. 

FOX went with a Harry & Meghan special which focused on their decision to leave the Royal Family. 

It had 3.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, coming in ahead of last week's 9-1-1 Lone Star encore. 

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The Goldbergs perked up for ABC, delivering 4 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, while Schooled held steady at 2.9 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. 

Single Parents hit an all-time low demo rating. The series is not holding up all that well in Season 2 and its future will likely rest on the strength of ABC's pilots. 

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