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[03/20/14 - 08:21 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/19/14):

CBS (9.909 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its usual mix of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.579 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Criminal Minds" (10.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

FOX (9.662 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) then shared the demo crown with another two-hour edition of "American Idol" (9.662 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (5.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "Revolution" (4.300 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Chicago PD" (5.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (5.100 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Suburgatory" (4.059 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Modern Family" (5.359 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) followed by a new "Mixology" (3.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and a repeat "Nashville" (2.447 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (2.363 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and the premiere of "The 100" (2.664 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) on The CW (2.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.7 rating while "100" posted a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Arrow (vs. 3/5/14)
0.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-4.35% - Criminal Minds
-6.25% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-7.69% - Revolution
-8.33% - American Idol
-12.50% - Chicago PD
-20.00% - Mixology

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Revolution (vs. Whitney/Whitney (Repeat))
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-11.11% - Arrow
-13.04% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-17.65% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire)
-20.00% - Mixology (vs. Suburgatory)
-26.67% - Criminal Minds
-37.14% - American Idol

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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "Tonight," 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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 (3/20/13):

FOX (12.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was still the network to beat with a new two-hour "American Idol" (12.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (10.474 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Criminal Minds" (11.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.371 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.881 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a new "Whitney" (3.183 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) followed by a repeat of "Whitney" (2.555 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and fresh installments of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (6.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a repeat "The Middle" (4.826 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), an original "The Neighbors" (4.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), a repeat "Modern Family" (5.380 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), a new "Suburgatory" (4.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and a repeat "Nashville" (2.516 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, The CW (2.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Arrow" (2.891 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Supernatural" (2.144 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.7 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.7 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.78% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. 2/27/13)
+15.38% - Criminal Minds (vs. 2/27/13)
0.00% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
0.00% - The Neighbors
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. 2/27/13)
-2.78% - American Idol
-6.25% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/27/13)
-8.33% - Whitney
-10.00% - Arrow (vs. 2/27/13)
-10.53% - Chicago Fire (vs. 2/27/13)
-11.76% - Suburgatory (vs. 3/6/13)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+142.86% - Chicago Fire (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+57.89% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Bent/Bent)
+50.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+28.57% - Arrow (vs. One Tree Hill)
+7.69% - The Neighbors (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
-6.25% - Criminal Minds
-7.41% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-8.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-16.67% - Suburgatory (vs. Happy Endings)
-28.57% - American Idol
-31.25% - Whitney

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

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49) topped "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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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