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[05/24/18 - 08:18 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Wins Finale Showdown Among Adults 18-49
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/23/18):

FOX (4.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) closed the May sweeps period on top with the season finales of "Empire" (5.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

CBS (6.810 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a tight second with the finale of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and the "Survivor: Ghost Island Reunion" (5.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.332 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.831 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.687 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Toy Story 3" (2.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and the special "20/20: Lights, Camera, Summer!" (2.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for second runs of "Supergirl" (0.985 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.843 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+10.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+7.14% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - Empire
-7.69% - Star

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+77.78% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
-7.14% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 10:00
-15.38% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9:00
-21.05% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-21.43% - Survivor: Ghost Island Reunion
-50.00% - Star (vs. Empire)
-61.54% - 20/20: Lights, Camera, Summer! (vs. Dirty Dancing)

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," 2.1/6; "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," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3; 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 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.3/5 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," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/24/17):

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Arrow
+14.29% - Empire
+12.50% - Shots Fired
+11.76% - Survivor: Game Changers
+8.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - The 100

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+166.67% - Empire (vs. Wayward Pines)
+72.73% - Survivor: Game Changers (vs. Various)
+40.00% - Survivor: Game Changers Reunion (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
+18.18% - Dirty Dancing (vs. Various)
+12.50% - Shots Fired (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 10:00 (vs. Chicago PD)
-13.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 9:00
-25.00% - Arrow
-62.50% - 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," 2.1/6; "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," 0.4/2; 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 0.3/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/1.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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