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[08/20/15 - 08:35 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with 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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/19/15):

NBC (5.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Mr. Robinson" (4.175 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), the season finale of "Mr. Robinson" (3.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.154 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with new episodes of "Big Brother 17" (6.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Extant" (4.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Home Free" (3.190 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.266 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.880 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.206 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.758 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Black-ish" (3.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.726 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Next Top Model" (1.195 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "A Wicked Offer" (0.672 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.5 rating while the latter posted a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Celebrity Wife Swap
+12.50% - Home Free
0.00% - Big Brother 17
0.00% - America's Got Talent
0.00% - Mr. Robinson - 9:00
0.00% - Extant
-7.14% - MasterChef
-8.33% - Last Comic Standing
-10.00% - Mr. Robinson - 9:30
-20.00% - America's Next Top Model
-33.33% - A Wicked Offer

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+45.45% - America's Got Talent (vs. America's Got Talent (Repeat))
+44.44% - MasterChef (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)
+22.22% - Last Comic Standing (vs. Taxi Brooklyn)
+12.50% - Celebrity Wife Swap (vs. Motive)
0.00% - Home Free (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)
0.00% - A Wicked Offer (vs. The 100 (Repeat))
-8.70% - Big Brother 17
-30.00% - Extant
-33.33% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us)
-44.44% - Mr. Robinson - 9:00 (vs. America's Got Talent)
-50.00% - Mr. Robinson - 9:30 (vs. America's Got Talent)

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

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/20/14):

CBS (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Extant" (5.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and a second "Extant" (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (6.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) recap, "America's Got Talent" (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.079 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.549 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "Motive" (3.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.3 rating while the latter posted a 0.1 rating.

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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