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[02/26/15 - 08:35 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Soars to Another High for FOX
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 (2/25/15):

FOX (11.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) claimed another victory on Wednesday thanks to a new episodes of "American Idol" (10.179 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "Empire" (13.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) - another series high.

ABC (6.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home a distant second with its mix of "The Middle" (7.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7), "The Goldbergs" (7.459 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "Modern Family" (9.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (6.724 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (7.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its 90-minute season openers to "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "The Amazing Race" (6.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "The 100" (1.786 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.326 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.7 rating while the latter posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - The Mysteries of Laura
+13.64% - The Goldbergs
+13.33% - Modern Family
+7.69% - Nashville
+4.55% - Black-ish
+3.92% - Empire
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - The 100
-3.70% - American Idol
-9.09% - The Middle
-9.09% - Arrow
-11.76% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+103.85% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
+66.67% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory)
+27.78% - Black-ish (vs. Mixology)
+20.00% - The 100 (vs. The Tomorrow People)
+16.67% - Nashville
+11.11% - The Middle
+11.11% - Arrow
+9.68% - Modern Family
+7.69% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. Revolution)
0.00% - American Idol
-8.00% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-31.82% - Chicago PD
-36.71% - The Amazing Race (vs. Survivor: Cagayan/Criminal Minds)

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," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/26/14):

FOX (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

CBS (9.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.944 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T3), a second hour of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T3) and a new "Criminal Minds" (9.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5).

Next up was NBC (6.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) with the return of "Revolution" (4.589 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.702 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Chicago PD" (8.025 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) served up originals from "The Middle" (7.113 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T8), "Suburgatory" (5.298 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Modern Family" (8.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) followed by the premiere of "Mixology" (5.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T8) and a new "Nashville" (4.724 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (2.456 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.981 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.5 rating while "Tomorrow" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+29.41% - Chicago PD (vs. 2/5/14)
+11.11% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/5/14)
0.00% - American Idol
0.00% - Revolution (vs. 1/29/14)
0.00% - The Tomorrow People (vs. 2/5/14)
-4.17% - Criminal Minds
-7.69% - Nashville (vs. 2/5/14)
-10.00% - Arrow (vs. 2/5/14)
-11.43% - Modern Family (vs. 2/5/14)
-11.76% - Suburgatory (vs. 2/5/14)
-18.18% - The Middle (vs. 2/5/14)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+27.78% - Criminal Minds (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
+25.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
+15.79% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire)
+13.04% - Revolution (vs. Whitney/Guys With Kids)
-3.85% - Survivor: Cagayan - 8:00
-3.85% - Survivor: Cagayan - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds)
-10.00% - Arrow
-11.76% - Suburgatory (vs. The Neighbors)
-14.29% - The Middle
-20.51% - Modern Family
-21.74% - Mixology (vs. Suburgatory)
-25.00% - Nashville
-31.58% - American Idol
-44.44% - The Tomorrow People (vs. Supernatural)

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," 4.2/11; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.7/8; "Late Show," 0.5/2; 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (2.1/7 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" (0.9/6 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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