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[09/28/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Premieres Top Demos, CBS Leads in Total Viewers
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 (9/27/17):

FOX (6.212 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the season premieres of "Empire" (6.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Star" (5.484 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

CBS (8.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with the respective bows of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "SEAL Team" (9.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Criminal Minds" (7.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.756 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season openers to "The Goldbergs" (6.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (5.013 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.897 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "American Housewife" (5.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (5.467 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up the season premiers of "The Blacklist" (6.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.040 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.270 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
N/A

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+26.32% - Empire (vs. Lethal Weapon)
+8.33% - Criminal Minds (vs. Code Black)
0.00% - American Housewife (vs. Black-ish)
-5.26% - The Goldbergs
-6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-8.33% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
-8.70% - Modern Family
-13.33% - Chicago PD
-16.67% - SEAL Team (vs. Criminal Minds)
-19.05% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
-22.22% - Speechless
-38.89% - Designated Survivor
-50.00% - Star (vs. 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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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," 1.1/4. 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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/28/16):

FOX (8.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to week two of "Lethal Weapon" (7.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Empire" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (6.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then snagged the silver with its second week lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.445 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Speechless" (6.396 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Black-ish" (5.556 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Designated Survivor" (7.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with a new "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (8.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.348 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (5.567 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (6.077 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.424 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-5.00% - The Goldbergs
-6.25% - Chicago PD
-7.69% - Blindspot
-8.70% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-10.00% - Speechless
-11.54% - Modern Family
-12.20% - Empire
-13.64% - Lethal Weapon
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - Black-ish
-21.74% - Designated Survivor

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
0.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
0.00% - Lethal Weapon (vs. Rosewood)
-8.70% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-10.00% - Criminal Minds
-11.11% - Black-ish
-11.76% - Chicago PD
-11.76% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-13.64% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-20.69% - Modern Family
-21.74% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-25.00% - Code Black
-33.33% - 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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; 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," 0.6/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) tied 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" (0.3/2).

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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