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[04/20/18 - 08:33 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Surge from ABC, "Scandal" Finale
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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (4/19/18):

CBS (8.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.349 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (5.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Station 19" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus the series finale of "Scandal" (5.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "AP Bio" (1.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.800 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), "Champions" (1.657 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.241 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.190 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.481 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Arrow" (1.332 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (1.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+44.44% - Scandal
+20.00% - Supernatural
+10.00% - Station 19
+4.35% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - SWAT
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - AP Bio
0.00% - Champions
0.00% - Arrow
-9.09% - Life in Pieces
-14.29% - Showtime at the Apollo
-14.29% - Gotham

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Supernatural (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+166.67% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Scandal (Repeat))
+116.67% - Scandal (vs. The Catch)
+100.00% - Arrow (vs. H1Z1: Fight for the Crown)
+90.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors (Repeat))
+84.62% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+55.56% - Mom (vs. The Amazing Race)
+25.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
+12.50% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
+11.11% - Life in Pieces (vs. The Amazing Race)
0.00% - AP Bio (vs. Powerless)
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. Kicking & Screaming)
-11.11% - Superstore
-15.38% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-40.00% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-55.56% - Champions (vs. The Blacklist)

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," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.5/3; "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 1.4/5 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," 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 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 (4/20/17):

CBS (5.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "The Great Indoors" (5.595 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) followed by a new "The Amazing Race" (4.441 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a second "The Amazing Race" (3.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

NBC (4.101 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with new episodes of "Superstore" (3.212 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Powerless" (2.064 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside the return of "The Blacklist" (4.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and another "The Blacklist" (4.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a repeat "Scandal" (3.333 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and originals from "Scandal" (5.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "The Catch" (3.021 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.495 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Kicking & Screaming" (1.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (0.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the special "H1Z1: Fight for the Crown" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Kicking & Screaming
+12.50% - Superstore (vs. 4/6/17)
+11.11% - MasterChef Junior
0.00% - The Blacklist - 9:00 (vs. 2/23/17)
0.00% - Powerless
-7.14% - Scandal
-11.11% - The Amazing Race - 10:00
-14.29% - The Catch

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - MasterChef Junior (vs. Bones)
+14.29% - The Blacklist - 10:00 (vs. Game of Silence)
+12.50% - Superstore (vs. STRONG)
-13.33% - Scandal
-14.29% - Kicking & Screaming (vs. American Grit)
-20.00% - The Amazing Race - 10:00 (vs. Rush Hour)
-25.00% - Powerless (vs. STRONG)
-30.77% - The Blacklist - 9:00
-33.33% - The Catch
-50.00% - The Amazing Race (vs. Mom/2 Broke Girls)
-50.00% - H1Z1: Fight for the Crown (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," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

· 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," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore 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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