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[05/09/16 - 09:01 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers with "The Good Wife" Finale
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 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/8/16):

CBS (8.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday with a new "60 Minutes" (9.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Madam Secretary" (9.977 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), the series finale of "The Good Wife" (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the season finale of "Elementary" (5.500 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

ABC (3.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo prize with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Once Upon a Time" (3.786 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Family" (2.605 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Quantico" (3.449 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was NBC (4.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (3.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18), a special "Little Big Shots" (7.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "The Carmichael Show" (3.513 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Crowded" (2.751 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Dateline NBC" (5.099 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, FOX (2.032 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the evening with a new "Bordertown" (1.111 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.360 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) and originals from "The Simpsons" (2.438 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (2.286 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Family Guy" (2.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.219 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - The Good Wife
0.00% - Once Upon a Time
0.00% - Madam Secretary
0.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - The Last Man on Earth (vs. 4/24/16)
0.00% - Bordertown (vs. 4/24/16)
-7.14% - Family Guy (vs. 4/17/16)
-7.69% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-8.33% - The Simpsons (vs. 4/24/16)
-9.09% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 4/24/16)
-10.00% - Quantico
-12.50% - Elementary
-12.50% - Crowded
-12.50% - The Family
-18.75% - Little Big Shots
-20.00% - The Carmichael Show

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. American Odyssey)
+44.44% - Little Big Shots (vs. Dateline NBC)
+8.33% - Family Guy (vs. Family Guy (Repeat))
0.00% - The Good Wife
-8.33% - The Simpsons
-9.09% - 60 Minutes
-11.11% - The Carmichael Show (vs. AD: The Bible Continues)
-12.50% - Elementary (vs. Battle Creek)
-14.29% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-16.67% - Madam Secretary (vs. 60 Minutes)
-16.67% - Bob's Burgers (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-20.00% - Bordertown (vs. The Simpsons (Repeat))
-22.22% - Crowded (vs. AD: The Bible Continues)
-25.00% - The Last Man on Earth (vs. Bob's Burgers)
-29.41% - Once Upon a Time
-30.77% - Quantico (vs. Revenge)
-58.82% - The Family (vs. Once Upon a Time)
-64.29% - Dateline NBC: On Assignment (vs. PGA Overrun)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/10/15):

ABC (5.385 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.907 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), the season finale of "Once Upon a Time" (5.419 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the swan song to "Revenge" (4.796 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

CBS (8.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with a new "60 Minutes" (8.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), a second "60 Minutes" (8.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), the season finale of "The Good Wife" (9.231 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and a new "Battle Creek" (6.364 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was FOX (2.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Simpsons" (1.472 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.496 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) repeats, followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.776 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.550 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), a repeat "Family Guy" (2.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and a special "Bob's Burgers" (2.485 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (6.884 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Dateline NBC" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "AD: The Bible Continues" (4.468 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "American Odyssey" (2.721 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) on NBC (4.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The Good Wife
+22.22% - 60 Minutes
+20.00% - Bob's Burgers
+14.29% - Battle Creek
+12.50% - Dateline NBC
+8.33% - Revenge
0.00% - Once Upon a Time
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
0.00% - American Odyssey
-7.69% - The Simpsons
-18.18% - AD: The Bible Continues

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - The Good Wife
0.00% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
0.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey)
-6.67% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-13.33% - Revenge
-18.18% - AD: The Bible Continues (vs. Rosemary's Baby, Part 1)
-22.73% - Once Upon a Time
-25.00% - The Simpsons
-29.41% - 60 Minutes - 8:00 (vs. The Amazing Race)
-33.33% - Battle Creek (vs. The Mentalist)
-42.86% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Family Guy)
-54.55% - American Odyssey (vs. Rosemary's Baby, Part 1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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