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[09/21/17 - 08:20 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "America's Got Talent" Win Summer Finale Showdown
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/20/17):

NBC (12.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on a night of summer finales with "America's Got Talent" (15.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by the return of "The Good Place" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a second "The Good Place" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

By comparison, "The Good Place" premiered on 9/19/16 after "The Voice" (9.036 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.6) with a second episode (7.079 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.0) following.

Second place then went to CBS (5.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with its finales to "Big Brother 19" (6.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Salvation" (3.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its summer capper to "MasterChef" (3.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.496 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.633 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.226 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (2.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+45.00% - America's Got Talent
+20.00% - Salvation
+16.67% - Big Brother 19
-15.38% - MasterChef

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+87.10% - America's Got Talent (vs. Blindspot/Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
+6.25% - The Good Place - 10:00 (vs. Chicago PD)
-5.83% - Big Brother 19 (vs. Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X/Big Brother 18)
-25.00% - The Good Place - 10:30 (vs. Chicago PD)
-64.52% - MasterChef (vs. Lethal Weapon/Empire)
-70.00% - Salvation (vs. Big Brother 18)

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," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/4; "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 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/21/16):

FOX (9.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Wednesday with the premiere of "Lethal Weapon" (7.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) followed by the return of "Empire" (10.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

ABC (8.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its debut lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Speechless" (7.285 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (8.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Black-ish" (6.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (9.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (7.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with the 90-minute launch of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) alongside the finale to "Big Brother 18" (6.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.852 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (6.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.859 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.193 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), an original "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.133 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second run "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.223 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+17.65% - Big Brother 18
0.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-18.75% - Blindspot

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+76.92% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+50.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. A Wicked Offer)
+20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+8.33% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
-4.17% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-4.76% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-8.33% - Lethal Weapon (vs. Rosewood)
-9.09% - Big Brother 18
-15.79% - Chicago PD (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-16.13% - Modern Family
-16.67% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-16.67% - Black-ish
-36.92% - Empire

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," 1.8/5; 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," 0.8/5; "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 1.5/5 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" (1.1/4 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) tied "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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