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[05/01/14 - 09:20 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: Originals Power CBS to Top Spot in Viewers, Demos
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 (4/30/14):

CBS (9.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a full slate of originals from "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.579 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Criminal Minds" (10.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

FOX (8.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new two-hour "American Idol" (8.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Next up was NBC (6.031 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its original mix of "Revolution" (4.718 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.137 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.238 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Middle" (7.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Suburgatory" (5.132 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Modern Family" (8.274 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Mixology" (3.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Nashville" (4.494 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.253 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "The 100" (1.900 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.077 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.5 rating while "100" posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+18.75% - Chicago PD (vs. 4/9/14)
+14.29% - Arrow
+7.69% - Revolution (vs. 4/2/14)
+5.88% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. 4/9/14)
0.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - The 100
-4.35% - Criminal Minds (vs. 4/9/14)
-10.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 4/9/14)
-12.50% - Suburgatory
-13.33% - Mixology
-14.29% - American Idol
-17.65% - Modern Family
-20.00% - Nashville (vs. 4/2/14)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+11.76% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire)
0.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-4.35% - Survivor: Cagayan
-4.35% - Criminal Minds
-6.67% - Suburgatory (vs. Family Tools)
-10.00% - The Middle
-11.11% - Arrow
-12.50% - Revolution (vs. The Voice)
-20.00% - Modern Family
-29.41% - Nashville
-33.33% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)
-35.71% - American Idol
-40.91% - Mixology (vs. How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life))

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," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; 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," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; 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 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.4/5 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" (0.5/4 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/1/13):

FOX (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (9.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (9.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.570 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with a new "The Middle" (7.274 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), the debut of "Family Tools" (5.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11) and fresh installments from "Modern Family" (9.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "Nashville" (5.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.881 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up a special "The Voice" (5.574 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.718 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11) and "Chicago Fire" (6.351 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

And finally, The CW (2.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Arrow" (2.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Supernatural" (2.118 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+46.67% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
+6.25% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - The Middle
-5.56% - Nashville
-7.89% - Modern Family
-10.00% - Arrow
-10.00% - Supernatural
-12.50% - American Idol
-14.81% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-23.33% - Criminal Minds
-25.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Arrow (vs. The L.A. Complex (Repeat))
+125.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+50.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+18.52% - The Voice (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Betty White's Off Their Rockers)
0.00% - The Middle
-5.56% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-8.00% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-8.33% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-12.50% - Modern Family
-19.05% - Nashville (vs. Revenge)
-21.74% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-23.33% - Criminal Minds
-25.00% - Family Tools (vs. Suburgatory)
-39.13% - 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 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, 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 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" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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