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[10/13/16 - 09:18 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Keeps FOX on Top 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 (10/12/16):

FOX (7.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the top draw on Wednesday with new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (6.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Empire" (9.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

ABC (6.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two network with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Speechless" (5.994 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Modern Family" (7.454 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Black-ish" (5.881 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (7.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and "Code Black" (5.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.428 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.139 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Arrow" (1.951 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.115 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+21.43% - Criminal Minds
+12.50% - Black-ish
+11.76% - Lethal Weapon
+11.11% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
+10.00% - Code Black
+9.09% - Modern Family
+7.69% - Chicago PD
+7.69% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+3.03% - Empire
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Speechless
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Arrow
-15.38% - Blindspot
-25.00% - Frequency

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+35.71% - Lethal Weapon (vs. Rosewood)
+33.33% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+10.00% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Black-ish
-4.76% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-5.26% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-6.67% - Chicago PD
-6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-7.69% - Modern Family
-8.33% - Code Black
-10.00% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-22.22% - Arrow
-26.09% - Empire
-62.50% - Frequency (vs. Supernatural)

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," 1.7/4 with an encore; 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," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.4/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/1 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/3 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 (10/14/15):

FOX (8.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Rosewood" (5.013 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Empire" (12.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (6.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.060 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "The Goldbergs" (6.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Modern Family" (7.815 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Black-ish" (5.713 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "Nashville" (4.566 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

Next up was CBS (8.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and fresh installments of "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "Code Black" (6.917 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.850 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.199 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.595 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Arrow" (2.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15) on The CW (2.174 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+9.09% - Code Black
+9.09% - Nashville
+5.00% - Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-3.70% - Modern Family
-4.76% - The Goldbergs
-5.26% - Black-ish
-8.00% - Empire
-9.09% - The Mysteries of Laura
-11.11% - Supernatural
-17.65% - Rosewood
-18.18% - Arrow

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+411.11% - Empire (vs. Red Band Society)
+60.00% - Supernatural (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
+16.67% - Rosewood (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+12.50% - Arrow
+5.56% - The Middle (vs. Toy Story of Terror!)
-4.76% - The Goldbergs (vs. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-7.69% - Nashville
-8.70% - Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance
-11.76% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-21.21% - Modern Family
-23.08% - The Mysteries of Laura
-28.00% - Black-ish
-29.17% - Criminal Minds
-29.41% - Code Black (vs. Stalker)

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," 2.9/8; "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," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

· 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" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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