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[10/18/18 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Rises as FOX Tops Demos
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 (10/17/18):

FOX (4.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home another demo crown on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.188 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "American Housewife" (4.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.637 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.952 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.67% - Empire
0.00% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - Chicago PD
0.00% - American Housewife
0.00% - Single Parents
0.00% - A Million Little Things
0.00% - All American
-6.67% - Survivor: David vs. Goliath
-7.14% - Modern Family
-7.69% - Chicago Med
-7.69% - Star
-11.11% - SEAL Team
-12.50% - Criminal Minds
-15.38% - The Goldbergs
-20.00% - Riverdale

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
+9.09% - Chicago PD
+8.33% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. Designated Survivor)
-7.69% - Star
-9.09% - American Housewife (vs. Speechless)
-11.11% - Empire
-17.65% - Survivor: David vs. Goliath
-20.00% - SEAL Team
-21.43% - The Goldbergs
-23.53% - Modern Family
-28.57% - Single Parents (vs. American Housewife)
-33.33% - All American (vs. Dynasty)
-33.33% - Riverdale
-36.36% - Criminal Minds

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," 1.6/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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," 0.9/3 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," 0.2/2 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 0.1/2 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 (10/18/17):

FOX (4.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the top spot on an increasingly competitive Wednesday with new episodes from "Empire" (5.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Star" (4.343 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

The silver then went to CBS (6.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its combination of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (7.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.497 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.331 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (4.383 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.580 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Chicago PD" (5.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Riverdale" (1.775 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.25% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
0.00% - The Goldbergs
0.00% - American Housewife
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - Speechless
0.00% - The Blacklist
-5.26% - Empire
-5.56% - Modern Family
-8.33% - Chicago PD
-11.11% - Designated Survivor
-13.33% - Star
-16.67% - SEAL Team
-25.00% - Riverdale
-25.00% - Dynasty

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+5.88% - Empire (vs. Lethal Weapon)
0.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-10.53% - Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
-25.00% - Dynasty (vs. Frequency)
-30.77% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
-35.00% - Star (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-36.36% - The Goldbergs (vs. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Repeat))
-39.29% - Modern Family (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-43.59% - Criminal Minds (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-45.00% - Speechless (vs. Toy Story of Terror! (Repeat))
-50.00% - American Housewife (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-54.55% - SEAL Team (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-56.00% - Chicago PD (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-57.14% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)
-68.00% - Designated Survivor (vs. The Third Presidential Debate)

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 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/5 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," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "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 with an encore 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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