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[02/12/15 - 08:30 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: Another Week, Another "Empire" Victory
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/11/15):

FOX (11.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its duo of "American Idol" (10.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Empire" (11.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

ABC (6.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Modern Family" (9.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "Black-ish" (6.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Nashville" (5.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (8.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Criminal Minds" (9.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Stalker" (7.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and "The 100" (1.589 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.8 rating while the latter posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The Mentalist
+10.00% - Black-ish
+10.00% - The Mysteries of Laura
+7.69% - Stalker
+7.69% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+7.69% - Nashville
+2.17% - Empire
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - The 100
-2.94% - Modern Family
-4.55% - The Middle
-10.00% - American Idol
-12.50% - Chicago PD
-16.67% - Arrow

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+233.33% - Arrow (vs. Best in Show (Repeat))
+122.22% - Criminal Minds (vs. The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute (Repeat))
+106.25% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+100.00% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+100.00% - The 100 (vs. Best in Show (Repeat))
+91.67% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
+87.50% - The Mentalist (vs. Various)
+69.23% - Black-ish (vs. Super Fun Night)
+55.56% - Stalker (vs. The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute (Repeat))
+50.00% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+38.24% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
-20.59% - American Idol
-75.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
-75.00% - Chicago PD (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
-80.36% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)

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," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/12/14):

NBC (20.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) continued its win streak with its coverage of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (20.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (11.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then took home the silver with another two-hour "American Idol" (11.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Suburgatory" (3.685 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Modern Family" (4.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), a new "Super Fun Night" (3.498 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Nashville" (2.320 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up encores of "Mike & Molly" (4.737 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute" (5.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the feature "Best in Show" (0.924 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film posted a 0.1 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-12.82% - American Idol
-18.75% - Super Fun Night

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+273.33% - 2014 Olympic Winter Games (vs. Various)
-20.93% - American Idol
-40.91% - Super Fun Night (vs. Suburgatory)

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

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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