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Lethal Weapon ratings edge ahead of 'Designated Survivor'

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And on the second Wednesday of the 2016 fall TV season, everything went down a little. 

ABC’s The Goldbergs? Down a little. Modern Family? Same. CBS’ Survivor? Yup. NBC’s Blindspot? That too. Fox’s Empire? Sure (yet still winning the night with 9.6 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49). 

There were also a couple of season premieres last night. CBS’ Criminal Minds, despite the Thomas Gibson headlines, was down slightly from last year (8.9 million, 1.8 rating). The second season debut of Code Black (6.3 million, 1.2) dipped too.

But the most interesting numbers on the grid showed how two freshman dramas held up in their second week — Fox’s Lethal Weapon and ABC’s Designated Survivor. In last week’s nationals, both ended up at the same perfectly good-but-not-great series premiere rating — a 2.2 in the demo.

For their second episodes, Lethal Weapon (7.1 million, 1.9) dropped 14 percent (a textbook percentage decline for the second episode following a series debut). Designated (7.9 million, 1.8) dropped a bit more, 18 percent. Designated was certainly not helped by its Black-ish lead-in falling 20 percent, but it also had weaker competition this week from CBS. Still, the drama won 10 p.m., and that’s important. However, Lethal Weapon seems a bit more impressive here since it’s self-starting at 8 p.m. 

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