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[05/18/17 - 08:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Keep Demo Crown
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 (5/17/17):

FOX (4.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (2.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Empire" (6.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (5.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Speechless" (4.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a preview of "Downward Dog" (4.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and the season finale of "Designated Survivor" (5.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its season finale for "Blindspot" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the season finale of "Chicago PD" (6.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.850 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Speechless
+13.33% - Modern Family
+10.00% - Designated Survivor
+9.09% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+8.33% - Chicago PD
+7.69% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Empire
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Shots Fired
0.00% - The 100
-12.50% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00
-16.67% - Arrow
-22.22% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. 4/12/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+14.29% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-7.14% - Chicago PD
-12.50% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-19.05% - Modern Family
-19.05% - Survivor: Game Changers
-26.67% - Downward Dog (vs. Black-ish)
-33.33% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-37.50% - Arrow
-42.86% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
-47.50% - Empire
-53.33% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion)
-57.14% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)
-66.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. Survivor: Kaoh Rong)

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," 2.2/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/4 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/1.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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 (5/18/16):

FOX (7.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ once again on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (4.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Empire" (10.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the finale to "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) alongside the "Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion" (6.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finales of "The Middle" (6.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "The Goldbergs" (6.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (6.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Black-ish" (5.090 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) plus a new "Nashville" (3.748 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.152 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.917 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on The CW (2.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - Rosewood
+11.11% - Empire
0.00% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Heartbeat
0.00% - Supernatural
-6.25% - Black-ish
-11.11% - Nashville
-14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):

+233.33% - Empire (vs. MasterChef)
+166.67% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+50.00% - The Goldbergs (vs. 500 Questions)
+33.33% - The Middle (vs. 500 Questions)
+16.67% - Rosewood (vs. MasterChef)
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Supernatural
-4.55% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong
-4.55% - Modern Family
-6.25% - Black-ish
-11.76% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion
-14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - Nashville (vs. Celebrity Wife Swap)
-36.36% - Heartbeat (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)

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," 2.5/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.6/4; 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.3/1; 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 0.4/2 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" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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