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[05/25/17 - 08:26 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Survivor" Finale Puts CBS on Top
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 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/24/17):

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Arrow
+14.29% - Empire
+12.50% - Shots Fired
+11.76% - Survivor: Game Changers
+8.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - The 100

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+166.67% - Empire (vs. Wayward Pines)
+72.73% - Survivor: Game Changers (vs. Various)
+40.00% - Survivor: Game Changers Reunion (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
+18.18% - Dirty Dancing (vs. Various)
+12.50% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 10:00 (vs. Chicago PD)
-13.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9:00
-25.00% - Arrow
-62.50% - 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," 2.1/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; 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," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/25/16):

NBC (6.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of the May sweeps period with the season finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+14.29% - Supernatural
+12.50% - Nashville
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Heartbeat
-9.09% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. 5/11/16)
-9.09% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. 5/11/16)
-42.86% - Rosewood

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

+300.00% - Supernatural (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+300.00% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+50.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. iHeartRadio Country Festival)
+40.00% - Chicago PD (vs. iHeartRadio Country Festival)
0.00% - Heartbeat (vs. I Can Do That! (Repeat))
0.00% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. CSI: Cyber (Repeat))
-7.69% - The Price Is Right (vs. The Briefcase)
-16.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
-18.18% - Nashville (vs. Celebrity Wife Swap)
-18.18% - Wayward Pines (vs. Bullseye)
-46.67% - Rosewood (vs. MasterChef)

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; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.3/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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