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[05/08/14 - 08:29 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Onto Top Spot with Gains
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 (5/7/14):

CBS (10.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with its usual mix of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Criminal Minds" (10.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

FOX (7.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with its two-hour "American Idol" (7.842 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (5.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.315 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Suburgatory" (4.678 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Modern Family" (8.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Mixology" (3.736 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Nashville" (4.529 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (3.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.377 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.245 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "The 100" (1.691 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (1.968 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 0.6 rating while "100" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+9.09% - Survivor: Cagayan
+5.56% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
+4.55% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - Mixology
0.00% - Nashville
0.00% - The 100
-5.56% - American Idol
-12.50% - Arrow
-14.29% - Suburgatory
-16.67% - The Middle
-21.43% - Revolution
-22.22% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-26.32% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+9.09% - Suburgatory (vs. Family Tools)
-4.00% - Survivor: Cagayan
-8.00% - Criminal Minds
-9.68% - Modern Family
-13.64% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-16.67% - The Middle
-22.22% - Arrow
-22.22% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago Fire)
-25.00% - Nashville
-26.32% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-33.33% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)
-35.00% - Mixology (vs. How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life))
-39.29% - American Idol
-59.26% - Revolution (vs. The Voice)

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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" (1.4/5 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" (0.5/3 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 and a 0.3/2 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 (5/8/13):

FOX (10.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2). In the 8:00/7:00c hour, "The Voice" (2.7) however edged out "Idol" (2.5) in adults 18-49.

CBS (9.662 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with the penultimate "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (9.923 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (7.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with a special "The Voice" (8.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) alongside originals from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and "Chicago Fire" (6.890 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) served up its lineup of "The Middle" (6.699 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T9), "Family Tools" (4.432 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Modern Family" (8.843 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (5.987 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Nashville" (5.416 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.564 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Supernatural" (2.111 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) on The CW (2.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.7 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+68.75% - The Voice
+26.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+22.22% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
+8.70% - Criminal Minds
+8.70% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
+5.88% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - American Idol
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Supernatural
-5.88% - Nashville
-9.09% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
-10.00% - The Middle
-11.43% - Modern Family
-26.67% - Family Tools

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Arrow (vs. America's Next Top Model (Repeat))
+137.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+125.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+74.19% - The Voice (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Betty White's Off Their Rockers)
+5.88% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-5.26% - The Middle
-7.41% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-8.33% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-10.71% - Criminal Minds
-13.04% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-27.27% - Nashville (vs. Revenge)
-27.91% - Modern Family
-36.36% - American Idol
-47.62% - Family Tools (vs. Suburgatory)

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

* 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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.4/5 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" (0.5/3 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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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