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[01/05/17 - 09:16 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Demo Race with Comedies
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 (1/4/17):

ABC (5.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.705 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Speechless" (5.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.542 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) followed by the season premiere of "Match Game" (4.904 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

FOX (5.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "Lethal Weapon" (6.124 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and the formal premiere of "Star" (4.764 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was NBC (5.889 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "Blindspot" (5.160 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.051 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.573 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Undercover Boss" (6.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), "Criminal Minds" (7.248 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Code Black" (6.021 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.808 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "Frequency" (0.699 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+15.38% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 11/9/16)
+15.00% - Modern Family (vs. 12/14/16)
+11.76% - The Goldbergs (vs. 12/14/16)
+11.11% - Code Black (vs. 12/21/16)
+9.09% - Undercover Boss
+6.25% - Black-ish (vs. 12/14/16)
+6.25% - Speechless (vs. 12/14/16)
0.00% - Lethal Weapon (vs. 12/7/16)
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. 12/7/16)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. 11/16/16)
0.00% - Frequency (vs. 12/7/16)
-11.76% - Chicago PD (vs. 1/3/17)
-27.27% - Star (vs. 12/14/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+8.33% - Match Game (vs. American Crime)
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. The Mysteries of Laura)
-9.52% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-14.81% - Modern Family
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-19.05% - Black-ish
-19.05% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-21.05% - Chicago PD
-23.08% - Code Black (vs. The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards)
-27.27% - Undercover Boss (vs. 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly)
-33.33% - Frequency (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
-48.39% - Star (vs. American Idol)
-50.00% - Lethal Weapon (vs. American Idol)

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," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.1/5; 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," 0.7/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/6/16):

FOX (10.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) claimed the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "American Idol" (10.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and a second hour of "American Idol" (11.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (6.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Black-ish" (6.348 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) plus the season premiere of "American Crime" (4.718 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

Next up was NBC (7.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with the winter bows of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Chicago PD" (8.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up the relocated "2 Broke Girls" (6.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), the season premiere of "Mike & Molly" (6.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10) and "The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards" (5.970 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.122 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.936 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+35.71% - Chicago PD (vs. 11/18/15)
+28.57% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 11/18/15)
+23.53% - Black-ish (vs. 12/9/15)
+5.00% - The Middle (vs. 12/9/15)
+5.00% - The Goldbergs (vs. 12/9/15)
+3.85% - Modern Family (vs. 12/9/15)
0.00% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. 12/17/15)
0.00% - The Mysteries of Laura (vs. 11/18/15)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+41.18% - American Crime (vs. Galavant (Repeats))
+30.77% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. The Mentalist)
+23.08% - Mike & Molly (vs. The Mentalist)
+18.75% - Chicago PD
+5.88% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Black-ish
-8.70% - The Middle
-9.68% - American Idol - 8:00
-15.38% - The Mysteries of Laura
-15.63% - Modern Family
-16.00% - The Goldbergs
-16.22% - American Idol - 9:00 (vs. Empire)
-27.78% - The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards

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," 2.0/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.1/6; "Late Show," 0.4/2; 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 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.5/5 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" (0.2/1).

· 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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