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[03/29/18 - 08:20 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: Return of "Empire," "Star" Keep FOX on Top in 18-49
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 (3/28/18):

FOX (5.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday with the return of "Empire" (6.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Star" (4.697 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Second place then went to CBS (7.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (6.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was NBC (5.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its specials "The Voice: Best of Blinds and Battles" (6.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar" (3.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "The Goldbergs" (5.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) followed by the premiere of "Alex, Inc." (4.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), a new "Modern Family" (5.348 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), a repeat of "Splitting Up Together" (3.446 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and an original "Designated Survivor" (3.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Life Sentence" (0.424 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Criminal Minds
+15.38% - Star (vs. 12/13/17)
+5.26% - Empire (vs. 12/13/17)
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - SEAL Team
0.00% - Designated Survivor
-6.67% - The Goldbergs
-12.50% - Modern Family
-25.00% - Riverdale
-50.00% - Life Sentence

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
+22.22% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-16.67% - SEAL Team (vs. Criminal Minds)
-17.65% - The Goldbergs
-21.43% - Alex, Inc. (vs. Imaginary Mary)
-30.00% - Modern Family
-36.36% - Designated Survivor
-37.50% - Star (vs. Empire)
-40.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-45.45% - Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar (vs. Chicago PD)
-66.67% - Life Sentence (vs. The 100)

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," 1.4/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.3/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore); CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night" (0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore); "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore 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 (3/29/17):

FOX (5.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Shots Fired" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Empire" (6.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (5.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), the premiere of "Imaginary Mary" (5.367 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Modern Family" (6.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Black-ish" (4.950 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.115 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (4.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), originals from "Arrow" (1.588 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.969 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - The Goldbergs (vs. 3/15/17)
+12.50% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
+5.26% - Modern Family (vs. 3/15/17)
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Black-ish (vs. 3/15/17)
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - The 100
-7.69% - Criminal Minds
-8.33% - Chicago PD
-9.09% - Shots Fired
-14.29% - Empire

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+53.85% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+41.67% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+36.36% - Black-ish (vs. Black-ish (Repeat))
+22.22% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+16.67% - Imaginary Mary (vs. The Goldbergs (Repeat))
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
-19.05% - Survivor: Game Changers
-21.43% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-26.67% - Chicago PD
-28.57% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
-33.33% - Criminal Minds
-35.71% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-44.44% - Arrow
-48.94% - Empire
-50.00% - 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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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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