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[05/26/16 - 08:58 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "SVU" Top Final Night of May Sweeps
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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/25/16):

NBC (6.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of the May sweeps period with the season finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+14.29% - Supernatural
+12.50% - Nashville
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Heartbeat
-9.09% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. 5/11/16)
-9.09% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. 5/11/16)
-42.86% - Rosewood

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):

+300.00% - Supernatural (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+300.00% - Arrow (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+50.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. iHeartRadio Country Festival)
+40.00% - Chicago PD (vs. iHeartRadio Country Festival)
0.00% - Heartbeat (vs. I Can Do That! (Repeat))
0.00% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. CSI: Cyber (Repeat))
-7.69% - The Price Is Right (vs. The Briefcase)
-16.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
-18.18% - Nashville (vs. Celebrity Wife Swap)
-18.18% - Wayward Pines (vs. Bullseye)
-46.67% - Rosewood (vs. MasterChef)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.7/4; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.3/2; 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 0.4/3 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" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/27/15):

FOX (3.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw in a tight demo race on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (4.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the debut of "Bullseye" (3.372 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the launch of "The Briefcase" (6.777 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "500 Questions" (4.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (4.192 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Black-ish" (3.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up an encore of "I Can Do That!" (3.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and the two-hour special "iHeartRadio Country Festival" (4.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.728 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.1 rating while the latter posted a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - MasterChef
+10.00% - Celebrity Wife Swap
-16.67% - 500 Questions

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - The Briefcase (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
+22.22% - Celebrity Wife Swap (vs. Motive)
-6.25% - MasterChef (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)
-9.09% - 500 Questions (vs. The Middle/The Goldbergs (Repeats))
-16.67% - iHeartRadio Country Festival (vs. Various)
-31.25% - Bullseye (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)

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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Mentalist" rebroadcast, 1.8/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/3 with an encore; "The Mentalist" rebroadcast, 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

· 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with James Corden" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 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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