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[10/19/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Hold Off the Demo Competition
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 (10/18/17):

FOX (4.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the top spot on an increasingly competitive Wednesday with new episodes from "Empire" (5.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Star" (4.343 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

The silver then went to CBS (6.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its combination of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (7.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.497 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.331 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (4.383 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.580 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Chicago PD" (5.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Riverdale" (1.775 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.25% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - American Housewife
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Speechless
0.00% - The Blacklist
-5.26% - Empire
-5.56% - Modern Family
-8.33% - Chicago PD
-11.11% - Designated Survivor
-13.33% - Star
-16.67% - SEAL Team
-25.00% - Riverdale
-25.00% - Dynasty

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+5.88% - Empire (vs. Lethal Weapon)
0.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-10.53% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
-25.00% - Dynasty (vs. Frequency)
-30.77% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
-35.00% - Star (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-36.36% - The Goldbergs (vs. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Repeat))
-39.29% - Modern Family (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-43.59% - Criminal Minds (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-45.00% - Speechless (vs. Toy Story of Terror! (Repeat))
-50.00% - American Housewife (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-54.55% - SEAL Team (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-56.00% - Chicago PD (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-57.14% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-68.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)

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 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/5 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore 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 (10/19/16):

ABC (8.595 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its mix of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (7.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), "Toy Story of Terror!" (6.702 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7), "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3).

NBC (7.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Blindspot" (5.623 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) followed by "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.370 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (8.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and its lineup of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9), "The Third Presidential Debate" (9.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "The Third Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.093 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (6.423 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up an original "Lethal Weapon" (6.611 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T10) alongside its coverage of "The Third Presidential Debate" (6.298 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Frequency" (1.052 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.425 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Frequency
+18.18% - Blindspot
-5.00% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-10.53% - Lethal Weapon
-14.29% - Arrow

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
+13.33% - Lethal Weapon (vs. Rosewood)
-9.52% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-33.33% - Arrow
-33.33% - Frequency (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," 2.2/5 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/3.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore 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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