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[04/07/16 - 08:40 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Charts with "Idol," "Empire"
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 (4/6/16):

FOX (10.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the penultimate "American Idol" (9.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and a new "Empire" (11.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1).

ABC (5.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then achieved the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (6.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Modern Family" (7.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.510 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (4.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and another "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.940 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (3.983 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (3.916 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.242 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.763 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (2.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Supernatural
+11.11% - Nashville
0.00% - The Middle (vs. 3/23/16)
-5.26% - The Goldbergs (vs. 3/23/16)
-8.33% - Modern Family (vs. 3/23/16)
-9.52% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
-10.64% - Empire
-11.11% - Arrow
-14.29% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-15.79% - Black-ish (vs. 3/23/16)
-22.22% - Heartbeat

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
+166.67% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+133.33% - Supernatural (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+57.14% - American Idol
+29.41% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
-5.26% - The Goldbergs
-5.56% - The Middle
-9.09% - Nashville
-14.29% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. CSI: Cyber)
-15.79% - Black-ish
-17.39% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
-40.00% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds)
-66.67% - Heartbeat (vs. The Voice)

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," 1.9/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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 (4/8/15):

CBS (9.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its original trio of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Criminal Minds" (10.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "CSI: Cyber" (8.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

NBC (7.869 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.313 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and new episodes of "The Middle" (7.193 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.456 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), a repeat "Modern Family" (5.777 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and originals from "Black-ish" (6.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.673 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (6.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up a new two-hour "American Idol" (6.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.150 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.003 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.077 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 0.2 rating while the latter posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+9.52% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
+5.88% - The Middle
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. 3/25/15)
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - CSI: Cyber (vs. 3/25/15)
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-15.38% - Nashville
-17.65% - American Idol
-20.83% - Black-ish

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+110.00% - The Voice (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+83.33% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+72.73% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
+72.73% - Black-ish (vs. Mixology)
+38.46% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
-4.17% - Survivor: Worlds Apart
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-10.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-13.04% - Criminal Minds
-17.65% - CSI: Cyber (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
-30.00% - 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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; 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," 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

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