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[04/19/18 - 08:19 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Hold Off NBC's "Voice" Special
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (4/18/18):

FOX (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (4.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

NBC (7.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (8.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) followed by new episodes from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.581 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Criminal Minds" (5.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (5.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.539 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), a new "Alex, Inc." (2.856 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Modern Family" (3.086 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "American Housewife" (2.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Designated Survivor" (3.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (1.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and the return of "The Originals" (1.003 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Riverdale (vs. 3/28/18)
+27.27% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+9.09% - Chicago PD
+6.67% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - Star
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Designated Survivor
-5.56% - Empire
-33.33% - Alex, Inc.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+112.50% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
+75.00% - The Voice (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+62.50% - Star (vs. Empire (Repeat))
+55.56% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+50.00% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago PD (Repeat))
+33.33% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+33.33% - The Originals (vs. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Repeats))
+12.50% - Criminal Minds - 10:00 (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
-11.11% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-33.33% - Alex, Inc. (vs. Speechless (Repeat))
-37.50% - Criminal Minds - 9:00 (vs. Survivor: Game Changers)
-40.00% - Designated Survivor

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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 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," 0.3/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/19/17):

CBS (6.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), a second "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Second place then went to ABC (4.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Speechless" (3.532 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.850 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.468 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its second run lineup of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.353 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (4.301 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up a new "Shots Fired" (3.169 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a repeat "Empire" (3.076 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.154 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.177 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.096 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night for The CW (1.145 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+5.88% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
-9.09% - Designated Survivor
-11.11% - Shots Fired

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
-5.88% - Survivor: Game Changers - 9:00 (vs. Criminal Minds)
-10.00% - Survivor: Game Changers - 8:00
-33.33% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
-38.46% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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," 1.7/5.

· 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," 0.5/3.

· 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," 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; 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 with an encore; "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 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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