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[04/05/18 - 08:28 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Top 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 (4/4/18):

FOX (4.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with originals from "Empire" (5.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (4.296 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Second place then went to CBS (6.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), a repeat "NCIS" (5.369 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "Criminal Minds" (5.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (4.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Alex, Inc." (3.832 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "American Housewife" (4.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.478 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "The Blacklist" (5.358 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.853 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Riverdale" (0.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the Friday-bound "Life Sentence" (0.441 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Life Sentence
+7.14% - Modern Family
0.00% - The Blacklist (vs. 3/14/18)
0.00% - Designated Survivor
-5.88% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-7.14% - The Goldbergs
-7.69% - American Housewife (vs. 3/21/18)
-9.09% - Criminal Minds
-13.33% - Star
-15.00% - Empire
-18.18% - Alex, Inc.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+88.89% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
+25.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
0.00% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
-5.88% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-7.69% - American Housewife (vs. Black-ish)
-13.33% - The Goldbergs
-16.67% - Modern Family
-30.77% - Alex, Inc. (vs. Speechless)
-33.33% - Life Sentence (vs. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Repeats))
-36.36% - Designated Survivor
-40.91% - Star (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," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.9/5 with an encore; 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," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households); CBS's "Late Late Show" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night" (0.3/3 in 18-49); "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).

· 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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/5/17):

FOX (4.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (3.645 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Empire" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.603 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.750 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Modern Family" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Black-ish" (4.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.199 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was CBS (6.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.289 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Criminal Minds" (6.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.706 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (4.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.928 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with repeats of "Arrow" (1.035 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Chicago PD
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Speechless (vs. 3/15/17)
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Blindspot
-8.33% - Empire
-10.00% - Modern Family
-10.00% - Shots Fired
-11.11% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-11.76% - The Goldbergs
-13.33% - Black-ish

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago PD (Repeat))
+37.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+28.57% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
+10.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
-10.53% - Survivor: Game Changers
-11.76% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-18.18% - Modern Family
-18.75% - Black-ish
-27.78% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-33.33% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-47.62% - Empire
-59.09% - Shots Fired (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," 2.3/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 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 0.2/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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