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[05/18/18 - 08:24 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "Grey's Anatomy" Claim Demo Crown
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/17/18):

ABC (5.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Thursday thanks to the season finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Station 19" (5.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus the return of "What Would You Do?" (2.705 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

CBS (6.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Young Sheldon" (7.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a new "Life in Pieces" (5.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the season finales of "Life in Pieces" (4.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "SWAT" (6.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with an encore of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.925 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside the "American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special" (3.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finale of "Gotham" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the penultimate week of "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.586 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, the season finales of "Supernatural" (1.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.347 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.477 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Arrow
+11.11% - SWAT
+11.11% - Station 19
+5.56% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo
-14.29% - Gotham
-16.67% - Supernatural
-18.18% - Life in Pieces (vs. 5/3/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
+11.11% - Life in Pieces - 9:00 (vs. The Amazing Race)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Life in Pieces - 9:30 (vs. The Amazing Race)
-11.11% - American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special (vs. The Blacklist)
-16.67% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural)
-16.67% - Supernatural
-23.08% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-40.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-45.45% - What Would You Do? (vs. Scandal)

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," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; 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," 0.5/3 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· 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; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/5. 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/18/17):

ABC (6.096 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), a new "Scandal" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the season finale of "Scandal" (5.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

CBS (4.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Great Indoors" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by a new "The Amazing Race" (4.343 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a second "The Amazing Race" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.246 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) alongside the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), a new "The Blacklist" (4.844 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "The Blacklist" (4.904 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.746 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.652 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Supernatural - 8:00
+5.56% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - The Blacklist - 10:00 (vs. 4/20/17)
0.00% - The Blacklist - 9:00 (vs. 4/20/17)
0.00% - The Amazing Race - 9:00
0.00% - MasterChef Junior
-7.14% - Scandal - 9:00
-22.22% - The Amazing Race - 10:00

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - MasterChef Junior - 9:00 (vs. American Grit)
+44.44% - Scandal - 9:00 (vs. The Catch)
+37.50% - Scandal - 10:00 (vs. The Catch)
+28.57% - The Blacklist - 10:00 (vs. Game of Silence)
+20.00% - Supernatural - 9:00 (vs. The 100)
0.00% - MasterChef Junior - 8:00 (vs. Bones)
-14.29% - Supernatural - 8:00 (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-17.39% - Grey's Anatomy
-22.22% - The Amazing Race - 10:00 (vs. Rush Hour)
-30.77% - The Blacklist - 9:00
-41.94% - The Amazing Race - 9:00 (vs. Mom/The Odd Couple)

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," 2.4/6; 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; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; 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; "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 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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