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[03/05/15 - 08:30 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Remains Unstoppable 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 (3/4/15):

FOX (11.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (8.751 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) and "Empire" (14.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

ABC (7.180 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "The Middle" (8.304 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The Goldbergs" (7.897 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Modern Family" (9.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (6.748 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4) and "Nashville" (5.281 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Next up was CBS (10.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.869 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (10.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9) and the premiere of "CSI: Cyber" (10.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.248 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up a special two-hour "The Voice" (8.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) and a new "Chicago PD" (4.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (1.437 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a new "The 100" (1.475 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.3 rating while the latter posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+10.00% - The Middle
+7.55% - Empire
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - Black-ish
0.00% - Nashville
0.00% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-5.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. 2/11/15)
-16.67% - The 100
-19.23% - American Idol
-26.67% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+111.11% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
+47.06% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory)
+44.83% - The Voice (vs. Revolution/Law & Order: SVU)
+43.75% - Black-ish (vs. Mixology)
+25.00% - The 100 (vs. The Tomorrow People)
+15.79% - The Middle
+5.88% - CSI: Cyber (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
+3.03% - Modern Family
0.00% - Nashville
-4.17% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-22.22% - American Idol
-26.67% - Chicago PD
-26.92% - 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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; 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," 1.3/6; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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 (3/5/14):

FOX (10.513 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (10.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4), "Criminal Minds" (11.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Suburgatory" (5.573 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6), "Modern Family" (9.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Nashville" (4.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (4.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally on The CW (1.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), new episodes of "Arrow" (2.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.329 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.6 rating while "Tomorrow" posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Nashville
+13.33% - Suburgatory
+13.04% - Criminal Minds
+6.45% - Modern Family
+5.56% - The Middle
+3.85% - American Idol
0.00% - Revolution
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-11.11% - Mixology
-15.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. 2/19/14)
-20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - The Tomorrow People
-22.22% - Arrow
-31.82% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+65.00% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+55.56% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+52.94% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+50.00% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire (Repeat))
+45.45% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+18.75% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+13.33% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
+13.04% - Revolution (vs. Whitney/Whitney (Repeat))
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. The Neighbors)
0.00% - The Tomorrow People (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-5.88% - Mixology (vs. Suburgatory)
-27.03% - 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," 3.3/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "Tonight," 1.3/6; "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 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.6/6 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" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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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