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[03/30/17 - 08:25 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Keeps FOX on Top in Adults 18-49
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 (3/29/17):

FOX (5.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Shots Fired" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Empire" (6.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (5.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), the premiere of "Imaginary Mary" (5.367 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Modern Family" (6.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Black-ish" (4.950 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.115 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (4.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), originals from "Arrow" (1.588 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.969 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - The Goldbergs (vs. 3/15/17)
+12.50% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
+5.26% - Modern Family (vs. 3/15/17)
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Black-ish (vs. 3/15/17)
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - The 100
-7.69% - Criminal Minds
-8.33% - Chicago PD
-9.09% - Shots Fired
-14.29% - Empire

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+53.85% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+41.67% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+36.36% - Black-ish (vs. Black-ish (Repeat))
+22.22% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+16.67% - Imaginary Mary (vs. The Goldbergs (Repeat))
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
-19.05% - Survivor: Game Changers
-21.43% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-26.67% - Chicago PD
-28.57% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
-33.33% - Criminal Minds
-35.71% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-44.44% - Arrow
-48.94% - Empire
-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," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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 (3/30/16):

FOX (8.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (12.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (8.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two demo draw with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.338 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Heartbeat" (4.810 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (5.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (4.606 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Black-ish" (3.943 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) plus a new "Nashville" (3.873 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.436 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Supernatural" (1.563 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Rosewood
+28.57% - Arrow
+15.38% - Chicago PD
+6.82% - Empire (vs. 12/2/15)
+5.00% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
0.00% - Heartbeat
0.00% - Nashville
0.00% - Supernatural
-6.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-14.29% - Criminal Minds

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+176.47% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
+100.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. The Dovekeepers, Part 2)
+55.56% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (vs. The Dovekeepers, Part 2)
+12.50% - Arrow
0.00% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
0.00% - Supernatural
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-10.00% - Heartbeat (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
-17.65% - Rosewood (vs. American Idol)
-30.77% - 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," 2.7/7; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.0/5; 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," 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; 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 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat 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" (0.2/2).

· 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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