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[02/18/16 - 08:51 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC, 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/17/16):

CBS (7.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute launch of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (8.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.246 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and a new "Code Black" (6.399 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

FOX (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "American Idol" (8.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

ABC (5.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) likewise split the adults 18-49 crown with its lineup of "The Middle" (7.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (6.297 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Black-ish" (5.777 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "American Crime" (3.196 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.144 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.291 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (7.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.455 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Supernatural" (2.003 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) on The CW (2.229 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+5.56% - The Middle
0.00% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Supernatural
-4.76% - American Idol
-5.00% - The Goldbergs
-5.26% - Black-ish
-7.69% - Modern Family
-7.69% - Code Black
-11.11% - American Crime
-15.79% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-16.67% - The Mysteries of Laura
-20.00% - Chicago PD

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - Survivor: Kaoh Rong (vs. The Mentalist)
+33.33% - Supernatural (vs. The 100)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-5.88% - Chicago PD
-7.69% - Code Black (vs. Stalker)
-9.09% - The Mysteries of Laura
-13.64% - The Middle
-13.64% - The Goldbergs
-18.18% - Arrow
-18.18% - Black-ish
-20.00% - Modern Family
-25.93% - American Idol
-38.46% - American Crime (vs. Nashville)
-74.51% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Empire)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.1/5; 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," 1.1/6; "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 1.2/4 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" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.1/4). 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 0.7/3 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/18/15):

FOX (11.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (10.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and another series high from "Empire" (12.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.751 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up a new "The Mentalist" (9.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the series finale of "The Mentalist" (10.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and a new "Stalker" (7.170 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (2.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and "The 100" (1.546 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.6 rating while the latter posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+21.43% - Chicago PD
+14.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+10.00% - Arrow
+8.51% - Empire
+4.76% - The Middle
0.00% - American Idol
0.00% - Black-ish
0.00% - The Mysteries of Laura
0.00% - The 100
-4.35% - The Goldbergs
-7.14% - Stalker
-7.14% - Nashville
-9.09% - Modern Family
-13.33% - The Mentalist

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+266.67% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+214.29% - The Goldbergs (vs. Suburgatory)
+200.00% - The 100 (vs. The Tomorrow People (Repeat))
+160.00% - Nashville (vs. Nashville (Repeat))
+150.00% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+144.44% - Black-ish (vs. Super Fun Night)
+120.00% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+96.15% - Empire (vs. American Idol)
+44.44% - The Mentalist - 8:00 (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
+3.85% - American Idol
-35.00% - Stalker (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
-41.67% - The Mentalist - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds)
-66.00% - Chicago PD (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
-68.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
-78.00% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; 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," 1.3/6; "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 1.3/4 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 Seth Meyers" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

·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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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