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[03/23/17 - 09:25 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Returns on Top for FOX
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 (3/22/17):

FOX (6.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday with the premiere of "Shots Fired" (4.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (7.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its original lineup of "Blindspot" (4.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Speechless" (3.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.085 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.402 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Blindspot (vs. 2/22/17)
+3.70% - Empire (vs. 12/14/16)
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Arrow
-11.11% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-15.38% - Designated Survivor
-15.38% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/22/17)
-25.00% - The 100
-36.84% - Chicago PD (vs. 3/1/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - Empire (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+22.22% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+10.00% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
-7.69% - Chicago PD
-15.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
-26.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-28.57% - Arrow
-38.10% - Criminal Minds
-46.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-50.00% - The 100 (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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· 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," 0.4/2.

· 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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