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[02/04/16 - 08:49 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Continues Demo Reign with "American Idol"
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 (2/3/16):

FOX (6.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Second place then went to NBC (7.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.795 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago PD" (7.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.386 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Mike & Molly" (6.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.747 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "Code Black" (6.780 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the debut of "Madoff, Part 1" (7.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "American Crime" (3.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.487 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (2.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - Chicago PD (vs. 1/20/16)
+7.14% - Hell's Kitchen
+5.88% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 1/20/16)
0.00% - Mike & Molly
0.00% - Supernatural
-6.25% - 2 Broke Girls
-7.69% - Code Black
-8.00% - American Idol
-8.33% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 1/20/16)
-11.11% - American Crime
-18.18% - Arrow

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+38.46% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+33.33% - Mike & Molly (vs. The Mentalist)
+25.00% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. The Mentalist)
+16.67% - Supernatural (vs. The 100)
+10.00% - The Mysteries of Laura
+6.25% - Chicago PD
-7.69% - Code Black (vs. Stalker)
-23.33% - American Idol
-25.00% - Arrow
-38.46% - American Crime (vs. Nashville)
-54.37% - Madoff, Part 1 (vs. Various)
-67.39% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Empire)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.0/5; 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," 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/4/15):

FOX (11.207 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) continued its Wednesday reign thanks to a new "American Idol" (10.948 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and another series high from "Empire" (11.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

ABC (7.284 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then snagged the silver with a new "The Middle" (8.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), the premiere of "Fresh Off the Boat" (7.925 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), a new "Modern Family" (9.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), a second "Fresh Off the Boat" (7.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5) and the return of "Nashville" (5.061 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (8.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments from "The Mentalist" (8.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Criminal Minds" (10.327 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Stalker" (7.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.298 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.206 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (7.508 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.887 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12) and "The 100" (1.593 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.7 rating while the latter posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - Modern Family(vs. 1/14/15)
+9.09% - Arrow
+8.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 1/21/15)
+6.98% - Empire
+6.67% - Chicago PD (vs. 1/21/15)
+3.45% - American Idol
0.00% - The Middle (vs. 1/14/15)
0.00% - The 100
-4.76% - Criminal Minds
-7.69% - The Mentalist
-9.09% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 1/14/15)
-13.33% - Nashville (vs. 12/10/14)
-18.75% - Stalker

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Fresh Off the Boat - 9:30 (vs. Super Fun Night)
+47.06% - Fresh Off the Boat - 8:30 (vs. Suburgatory)
+20.00% - Arrow
+20.00% - The 100 (vs. The Tomorrow People)
+17.95% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Nashville
-2.86% - Modern Family
-5.88% - Chicago PD
-9.09% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. How to Raise an Olympian)
-20.00% - The Mentalist (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
-23.08% - American Idol
-27.78% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-28.57% - Criminal Minds
-35.00% - Stalker (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)

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," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.5/7; "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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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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