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[03/13/14 - 08:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Idol" Hold Off Demo Push by CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/12/14):

FOX (10.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) managed to hang onto its demo crown on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

CBS (10.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then was a close second place with its mix of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Criminal Minds" (10.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was ABC (5.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.173 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Suburgatory" (5.175 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10), "Modern Family" (9.081 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.217 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) and "Nashville" (4.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Revolution" (4.694 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally on The CW (0.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), repeats of "Arrow" (1.197 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "The Tomorrow People" (0.694 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.3 rating while "Tomorrow" posted a 0.1 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+17.65% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
+6.67% - Chicago PD
+4.17% - Survivor: Cagayan
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Nashville
0.00% - Revolution
-6.25% - Mixology
-11.11% - American Idol
-11.54% - Criminal Minds
-17.65% - Suburgatory

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+83.33% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+46.15% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+45.45% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire (Repeat))
+33.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+30.00% - Revolution (vs. Whitney/Whitney (Repeat))
+27.78% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+17.65% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
+15.38% - Mixology (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
0.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. The Neighbors)
-33.33% - American Idol

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "Tonight," 1.4/6; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/13/13):

FOX (13.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) breezed past its mostly repeat competition on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (13.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), which nevertheless fell to a season low on the night.

CBS (8.223 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with an original "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.548 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (7.281 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), a new "The Neighbors" (4.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Modern Family" (5.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Suburgatory" (3.592 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Nashville" (2.768 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a new "Whitney" (3.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) plus repeats of "Whitney" (2.529 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.612 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (3.844 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.678 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.350 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-2.70% - American Idol
-7.69% - Whitney
-17.65% - The Neighbors

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-13.79% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-14.29% - Whitney
-32.08% - American Idol
-33.33% - The Neighbors (vs. Suburgatory)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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