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[03/24/16 - 08:52 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins Race in Viewers, Demos
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/23/16):

CBS (9.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Criminal Minds" (10.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

The silver then went to ABC (5.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (7.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Black-ish" (6.073 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.154 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Heartbeat" (5.288 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.055 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (3.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and the Friday-bound "Hell's Kitchen" (3.586 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.649 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Rosewood
+10.53% - Criminal Minds
+9.09% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Black-ish
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Nashville
-4.00% - Modern Family
-4.76% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
-6.25% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-6.25% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 3/2/16)
-13.33% - Chicago PD (vs. 3/2/16)
-14.29% - Supernatural (vs. 2/24/16)
-30.00% - Arrow (vs. 2/24/16)
-35.71% - Heartbeat (vs. 3/22/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+15.38% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+12.50% - Nashville
+7.14% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (vs. CSI: Cyber)
+5.00% - Criminal Minds
-5.00% - The Goldbergs
-5.56% - The Middle
-9.09% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
-9.52% - Black-ish
-10.00% - Heartbeat (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
-13.33% - Chicago PD
-14.29% - Modern Family
-14.29% - Supernatural
-29.41% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. American Idol)
-30.00% - Arrow
-41.18% - Rosewood (vs. 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," 2.7/7; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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 (3/25/15):

CBS (9.150 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its trio of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.875 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) and "CSI: Cyber" (8.058 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

FOX (8.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its "Empire"-less night of a two-hour "American Idol" (8.344 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (7.244 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and the special "Nashville: On the Record 2" (4.075 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.952 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.315 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.775 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.730 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.252 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 0.8 rating while the latter posted a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+36.36% - Chicago PD (vs. 3/4/15)
+25.00% - Arrow
0.00% - CSI: Cyber
0.00% - Supernatural
-4.35% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-4.76% - Criminal Minds (vs. 3/11/15)
-8.70% - Black-ish (vs. 3/4/15)
-17.65% - Modern Family (vs. 3/4/15)
-18.18% - The Middle (vs. 3/4/15)
-18.75% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/25/15)
-20.00% - The Goldbergs (vs. 3/4/15)
-26.09% - American Idol (vs. 3/11/15)
-28.57% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 2/25/15)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago PD (Repeat))
+44.44% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+42.86% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+42.86% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory)
+25.00% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes)
+23.53% - Black-ish (vs. Mixology)
+11.11% - Arrow
+7.69% - CSI: Cyber (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. The 100)
-4.35% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-5.26% - The Middle
-19.05% - American Idol
-20.00% - Modern Family
-38.46% - Nashville: On the Record 2 (vs. Nashville)

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," 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," 1.1/6; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with James Corden" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show with James Corden" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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