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[03/06/14 - 08:25 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "American Idol" Hold Onto the Top Spot
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 (3/5/14):

FOX (10.513 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (10.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4), "Criminal Minds" (11.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Suburgatory" (5.573 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6), "Modern Family" (9.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Nashville" (4.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (4.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally on The CW (1.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), new episodes of "Arrow" (2.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.329 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.6 rating while "Tomorrow" posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Nashville
+13.33% - Suburgatory
+13.04% - Criminal Minds
+6.45% - Modern Family
+5.56% - The Middle
+3.85% - American Idol
0.00% - Revolution
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-11.11% - Mixology
-15.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. 2/19/14)
-20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-20.00% - The Tomorrow People
-22.22% - Arrow
-31.82% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+65.00% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+55.56% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+52.94% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+50.00% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire (Repeat))
+45.45% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+18.75% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+13.33% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
+13.04% - Revolution (vs. Whitney/Whitney (Repeat))
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. The Neighbors)
0.00% - The Tomorrow People (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-5.88% - Mixology (vs. Suburgatory)
-27.03% - 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," 3.3/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "Tonight," 1.3/6; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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 (3/6/13):

FOX (12.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) cruised to victory on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (12.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (7.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with a new "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.364 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (7.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Next up was ABC (4.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its mix of a "The Middle" (5.934 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) repeat, a new "The Neighbors" (5.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), a repeat "Modern Family" (6.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), a new "Suburgatory" (4.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and a repeat of "Nashville" (3.138 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.849 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up an original "Whitney" (3.845 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) followed by repeats of "Whitney" (2.856 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.247 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (3.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (1.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.114 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+8.33% - Whitney
0.00% - The Neighbors
-2.63% - American Idol
-3.85% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-26.09% - Suburgatory

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - The Neighbors (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
-15.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Happy Endings)
-18.75% - Whitney
-21.88% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-33.93% - 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," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/5 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, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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