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[07/19/18 - 08:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with FOX
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (7/18/18):

CBS (4.654 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top overall draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 20" (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), week two of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.429 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and the series finale of "Code Black" (5.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Sharing the demo crown was FOX (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.250 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.939 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its telecast of "The 2018 ESPY Awards" (3.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.029 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "World of Dance" (2.398 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) plus a new "Reverie" (1.678 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, the special "Girl Got Game" (0.474 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) and a new "The Originals" (0.677 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - MasterChef
+11.11% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
0.00% - Reverie
0.00% - The Originals
-6.67% - Big Brother 20
-11.11% - TKO: Total Knock Out
-12.50% - Code Black

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back (vs. The F Word with Gordon Ramsay)
+16.67% - Code Black (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+14.29% - TKO: Total Knock Out (vs. Salvation)
0.00% - Reverie (vs. This Is Us (Repeat))
0.00% - The Originals (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat))
-9.09% - MasterChef
-22.22% - Big Brother 20
-35.71% - The 2018 ESPY Awards (vs. on 7/12/17)
-50.00% - Girl Got Game (vs. Arrow (Repeat))

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/19/17):

CBS (4.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Salvation" (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

The silver then went to FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.101 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "This Is Us" (2.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) resumed repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.006 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.983 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.863 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.747 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night for The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - The F Word with Gordon Ramsay
+10.00% - MasterChef
0.00% - Salvation
0.00% - The Carmichael Show
-5.26% - Big Brother 19
-11.11% - Little Big Shots: Forever Young

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Salvation (vs. American Gothic)
+5.88% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (vs. Wayward Pines)
-8.33% - MasterChef
-63.64% - Little Big Shots: Forever Young (vs. America's Got Talent)
-68.18% - The Carmichael Show (vs. America's Got Talent)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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