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[05/16/15 - 08:52 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank" Finale Powers ABC to 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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/15/15):

ABC (6.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to the season finales of "Shark Tank" (6.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Beyond the Tank" (6.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) plus a new "20/20" (5.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

The silver then went to NBC (5.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the season finale of "Grimm" (4.740 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.201 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (5.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a two-hour "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets" (4.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Next up was FOX (1.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with the feature "Scream 2" (1.476 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.405 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.450 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "The Messengers" (1.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) on The CW (1.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), said trio posted a 0.3, 0.2 and 0.2 rating, respectively.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - The Messengers
+10.00% - Grimm
+7.14% - Beyond the Tank
0.00% - Shark Tank
0.00% - The Amazing Race
-8.33% - 20/20
-18.18% - Dateline NBC
-40.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - The Amazing Race (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
-6.25% - Beyond the Tank (vs. Barbara Walters: Her Story)
-6.25% - Shark Tank
-6.67% - ACM Presents: Superstar Duets (vs. Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods (Repeats))
-15.38% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
-18.18% - Dateline NBC (vs. Grimm/Hannibal)
-25.00% - The Messengers (vs. Hart of Dixie)
-31.25% - 20/20 (vs. Barbara Walters: Her Story)
-50.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.2/8; 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," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with James Corden " (1.6/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show with James Corden" (0.4/3).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/16/14):

ABC (8.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Friday thanks to the season finale of "Shark Tank" (6.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and the two-hour special "Barbara Walters: Her Story" (9.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1).

NBC (4.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (6.861 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the season finale of "Grimm" (5.390 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a new "Hannibal" (2.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Hawaii Five-0" (6.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (6.881 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up an encore of "24: Live Another Day" (1.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and the season finale of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.397 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.777 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.537 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and the season finale of "Hart of Dixie" (1.012 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Whose Line" posted a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and 0.6 rating at 8:30/7:30c while "Dixie" managed a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Hart of Dixie
+12.50% - Hannibal
+12.50% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. 5/2/14)
+8.33% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Grimm
0.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-15.79% - Shark Tank

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. Bones (Repeat))
+50.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. Nikita)
+33.33% - Hart of Dixie (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+33.33% - Shark Tank
+18.18% - Dateline NBC
+18.18% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
-5.88% - Barbara Walters: Her Story (vs. Shark Tank/20/20)
-30.77% - Hannibal (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/6.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/3.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore 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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