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[05/17/18 - 08:31 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos; CBS Wins in Total Viewers
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 (5/16/18):

FOX (4.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed the top crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (5.103 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.875 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (6.478 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with a new "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.446 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), the season finale of "SEAL Team" (6.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and a new "Code Black" (5.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was ABC (4.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its finale lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Alex, Inc." (3.346 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.960 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.114 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.559 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Blacklist" (5.129 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and the special "Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan" (3.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with the season finale of "Riverdale" (1.294 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) plus a new "The Originals" (0.813 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Designated Survivor
+14.29% - Code Black
+14.29% - Alex, Inc.
+8.33% - Star
0.00% - Empire
0.00% - Modern Family
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - American Housewife
0.00% - SEAL Team
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - Riverdale
0.00% - The Originals
-6.67% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-9.09% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
+28.57% - SEAL Team (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
+14.29% - Code Black (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
0.00% - American Housewife (vs. Downward Dog)
0.00% - The Originals (vs. The 100)
-12.50% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
-14.29% - The Goldbergs
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-17.65% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-20.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-23.53% - Modern Family
-33.33% - Alex, Inc. (vs. Speechless)
-38.10% - Star (vs. Empire)
-45.45% - Designated Survivor
-53.85% - Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan (vs. Chicago PD)

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," 2.4/7; 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," 0.4/3; 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 0.3/3 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," 1.2/4. 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 (5/17/17):

FOX (4.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (2.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Empire" (6.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (5.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Speechless" (4.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a preview of "Downward Dog" (4.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and the season finale of "Designated Survivor" (5.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its season finale for "Blindspot" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the season finale of "Chicago PD" (6.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.850 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Speechless
+13.33% - Modern Family
+10.00% - Designated Survivor
+9.09% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+8.33% - Chicago PD
+7.69% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - Empire
0.00% - Survivor: Game Changers
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Shots Fired
0.00% - The 100
-12.50% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00
-16.67% - Arrow
-22.22% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. 4/12/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Designated Survivor (vs. Nashville)
+14.29% - Blindspot (vs. Heartbeat)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-7.14% - Chicago PD
-12.50% - The Goldbergs (vs. The Middle)
-19.05% - Modern Family
-19.05% - Survivor: Game Changers
-26.67% - Downward Dog (vs. Black-ish)
-33.33% - Speechless (vs. The Goldbergs)
-37.50% - Arrow
-42.86% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
-47.50% - Empire
-53.33% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 10:00 (vs. Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion)
-57.14% - The 100 (vs. Supernatural)
-66.67% - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - 9:00 (vs. Survivor: Kaoh Rong)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/4 in 18-49; "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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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