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[09/29/16 - 08:47 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Charts with "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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/28/16):

FOX (8.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to week two of "Lethal Weapon" (7.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Empire" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (6.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then snagged the silver with its second week lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.445 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Speechless" (6.396 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Black-ish" (5.556 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Designated Survivor" (7.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with a new "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (8.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.348 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.567 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.077 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.424 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-5.00% - The Goldbergs
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-7.69% - Blindspot
-8.70% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-10.00% - Speechless
-11.54% - Modern Family
-12.20% - Empire
-13.64% - Lethal Weapon
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - Black-ish
-21.74% - Designated Survivor

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
0.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
0.00% - Lethal Weapon (vs. Rosewood)
-8.70% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-10.00% - Criminal Minds
-11.11% - Black-ish
-11.76% - Chicago PD
-11.76% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-13.64% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-20.69% - Modern Family
-21.74% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-25.00% - Code Black
-33.33% - 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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.1/4). 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 0.2/2 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 (9/30/15):

FOX (9.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with week two of "Rosewood" (6.176 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Empire" (13.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (9.258 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (9.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) and the premiere of "Code Black" (8.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #11).

Next up was ABC (6.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "The Goldbergs" (7.388 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "Black-ish" (5.962 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Nashville" (4.779 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.691 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T9) plus the season premiere of "Chicago PD" (6.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T9).

And finally, the "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2" (1.230 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the special posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+4.76% - The Middle
0.00% - The Mysteries of Laura
-4.17% - Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance
-4.17% - The Goldbergs
-6.45% - Modern Family
-7.69% - Nashville
-16.92% - Empire
-20.83% - Rosewood
-25.00% - Black-ish

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+390.91% - Empire (vs. Red Band Society)
+100.00% - iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2 (vs. Arrow (Repeats))
+35.71% - Rosewood (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+15.79% - The Middle
+6.25% - Chicago PD
+4.55% - The Goldbergs
-4.17% - Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance
-5.56% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-14.29% - The Mysteries of Laura
-17.14% - Modern Family
-20.00% - Code Black (vs. Stalker)
-20.00% - Nashville
-25.93% - Criminal Minds
-28.00% - Black-ish

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," 2.8/7; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.1/6; "Late Show," 0.7/4; 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 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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