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[12/14/17 - 08:11 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos in Fall 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/13/17):

FOX (5.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on a night filled with fall finales thanks to "Empire" (5.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Second place then went to ABC (5.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Speechless" (4.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Modern Family" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.388 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.010 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.204 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "The Wall" (3.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside its "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special" (4.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the fall finales of "Riverdale" (1.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dynasty" (0.722 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Designated Survivor
+8.33% - American Housewife
+8.33% - Star
+6.67% - The Goldbergs
+5.56% - Empire
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - Speechless
0.00% - Riverdale
0.00% - Dynasty
-5.56% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Riverdale (vs. The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time)
-5.88% - The Goldbergs
-15.00% - Modern Family
-15.00% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
-18.75% - American Housewife (vs. Black-ish)
-29.63% - Empire
-31.25% - Speechless
-33.33% - Designated Survivor
-33.33% - Dynasty (vs. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (Repeat))
-40.91% - Star
-46.67% - Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special (vs. A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (Repeat))

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," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5/4 in 18-49; "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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/14/16):

FOX (7.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) led the demo race on Wednesday with the fall finale of "Empire" (7.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the launch of "Star" (6.726 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

CBS (8.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the silver draw with the season finale of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) alongside the "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Reunion" (6.677 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and its holiday offerings "A Pentatonix Christmas Special" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (5.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) offered up its 2016 closers to "The Goldbergs" (6.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Speechless" (5.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Black-ish" (5.514 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (6.167 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, "The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time" (1.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (1.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Black-ish
+23.08% - Speechless
+17.65% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
+13.33% - The Goldbergs
+9.09% - Designated Survivor
+8.00% - Empire
-9.09% - Modern Family (vs. 11/30/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+285.71% - Empire (vs. Empire (Repeat))
+266.67% - Star (vs. Rosewood (Repeat))
+200.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville: On the Record 3)
+75.00% - A Pentatonix Christmas Special (vs. Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (Repeat))
+42.86% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+33.33% - Black-ish (vs. Black-ish (Repeat))
+30.77% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+23.08% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs (Repeat))
0.00% - The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
-9.09% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
-17.65% - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Reunion

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," 2.0/5; 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," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5/4 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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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