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[09/24/15 - 08:59 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Returns on Top for 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 (9/23/15):

FOX (11.688 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Wednesday with the premiere of "Rosewood" (7.355 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and the return of "Empire" (16.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1).

CBS (8.050 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then was a distant second with the season premiere of "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.609 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and the finale of "Big Brother 17" (6.490 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7).

Next up was ABC (7.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with the season openers to "The Middle" (8.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8), "The Goldbergs" (7.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Modern Family" (9.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2), "Black-ish" (7.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "Nashville" (5.002 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up the return of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.933 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.639 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (8.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9).

And finally, a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the season finale of "A Wicked Offer" (0.522 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.939 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.6 rating while the latter posted a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Big Brother 17
-20.00% - America's Next Top Model
-33.33% - A Wicked Offer

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+550.00% - Empire (vs. Red Band Society)
+84.62% - Rosewood (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+4.35% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 10:00 (vs. Chicago PD)
-11.11% - Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance
-13.33% - Nashville
-15.38% - Big Brother 17
-16.22% - Modern Family
-20.00% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us)
-20.00% - The Mysteries of Laura
-27.27% - Black-ish
-28.57% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9:00
-50.00% - A Wicked Offer (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

· 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 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 0.3/3 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 (9/24/14):

CBS (8.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) followed by the 90-minute finale of "Big Brother 16" (6.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4).

ABC (7.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere mix of "The Middle" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.969 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Modern Family" (10.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (10.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Nashville" (5.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (9.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with week two of "The Mysteries of Laura" (9.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (8.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.525 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Red Band Society" (3.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.510 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.4 rating while the latter posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Big Brother 16
-7.14% - Hell's Kitchen
-16.67% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
-23.08% - Red Band Society
-28.57% - The Mysteries of Laura

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+11.59% - Big Brother 16 (vs. Criminal Minds/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
+9.31% - Survivor: San Juan del Sur (vs. Survivor: Blood vs. Water/Criminal Minds)
+4.55% - The Goldbergs (vs. Back in the Game)
-7.50% - Modern Family
-12.50% - The Middle
-16.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-16.67% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. Revolution)
-21.43% - Black-ish (vs. Modern Family)
-28.57% - Nashville
-34.48% - Chicago PD (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-45.83% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. The X Factor)
-61.54% - Red Band Society (vs. The X Factor)

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," 1.9/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

·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," 0.7/3.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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" (1.0/4). 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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