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[03/22/18 - 08:10 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Finales Win Tight Demo Race
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 (3/21/18):

FOX (4.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on a very competitive Wednesday thanks to the season finales of "The X-Files" (3.365 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "9-1-1" (6.581 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1).

CBS (6.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.520 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.785 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.337 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Chicago PD" (6.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.759 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) served up original installments of "The Goldbergs" (5.834 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.636 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.561 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "American Housewife" (4.503 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (4.012 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.838 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes from "Riverdale" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Life Sentence" (0.544 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+44.44% - Speechless
+30.00% - American Housewife
+14.29% - Modern Family (vs. 3/7/18)
+12.50% - The X-Files
+11.11% - SEAL Team (vs. 3/7/18)
+8.33% - Chicago PD
+7.69% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+7.14% - The Goldbergs (vs. 3/7/18)
+6.25% - 9-1-1
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Riverdale
0.00% - Life Sentence

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - American Housewife (vs. Black-ish (Repeat))
+50.00% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Goldbergs (Repeat))
+45.45% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+30.00% - Speechless (vs. Speechless (Repeat))
+27.27% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+12.50% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
+8.33% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-18.18% - The X-Files (vs. Shots Fired)
-20.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-23.08% - SEAL Team (vs. Criminal Minds)
-33.33% - Life Sentence (vs. The 100)
-36.36% - Designated Survivor
-39.29% - 9-1-1 (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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· 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," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "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 0.2/2 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 (3/22/17):

FOX (6.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday with the premiere of "Shots Fired" (4.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (7.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its original lineup of "Blindspot" (4.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Speechless" (3.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.085 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.402 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Blindspot (vs. 2/22/17)
+3.70% - Empire (vs. 12/14/16)
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Arrow
-11.11% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-15.38% - Designated Survivor
-15.38% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/22/17)
-25.00% - The 100
-36.84% - Chicago PD (vs. 3/1/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - Empire (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+22.22% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+10.00% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
-7.69% - Chicago PD
-15.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
-26.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-28.57% - Arrow
-38.10% - Criminal Minds
-46.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-50.00% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)

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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

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