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[03/28/19 - 08:11 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Chicago" Dramas Push NBC on Top
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 (3/27/19):

NBC (7.743 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (7.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (8.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (7.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the premiere of "Million Dollar Mile" (4.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SEAL Team" (3.876 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.568 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments from "Empire" (3.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Star" (3.167 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.447 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Schooled" (2.612 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Single Parents" (2.069 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.853 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the return of "Jane the Virgin" (0.795 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+7.14% - Survivor: Edge of Extinction
0.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. 2/27/19)
0.00% - Chicago Med (vs. 2/27/19)
0.00% - Chicago PD (vs. 2/27/19)
0.00% - Empire
0.00% - Riverdale
-10.00% - Star
-14.29% - SEAL Team
-16.67% - Whiskey Cavalier

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Jane the Virgin (vs. Life Sentence)
+83.33% - Chicago PD (vs. Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar)
0.00% - Riverdale
0.00% - Million Dollar Mile (vs. SEAL Team)
-7.69% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Voice: Best of Blinds and Battles)
-7.69% - Chicago Med (vs. The Voice: Best of Blinds and Battles)
-11.76% - Survivor: Edge of Extinction
-28.57% - Whiskey Cavalier (vs. Designated Survivor)
-40.00% - Star
-45.00% - Empire
-45.45% - SEAL Team (vs. 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," 1.7/5 with an encore; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.4/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/2; 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," 1.0/4 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 and a 0.1/1 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 (3/28/18):

FOX (5.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday with the return of "Empire" (6.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Star" (4.697 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Second place then went to CBS (7.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (6.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was NBC (5.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its specials "The Voice: Best of Blinds and Battles" (6.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar" (3.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "The Goldbergs" (5.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) followed by the premiere of "Alex, Inc." (4.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), a new "Modern Family" (5.348 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), a repeat of "Splitting Up Together" (3.446 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and an original "Designated Survivor" (3.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Life Sentence" (0.424 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Criminal Minds
+15.38% - Star (vs. 12/13/17)
+5.26% - Empire (vs. 12/13/17)
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - SEAL Team
0.00% - Designated Survivor
-6.67% - The Goldbergs
-12.50% - Modern Family
-25.00% - Riverdale
-50.00% - Life Sentence

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Empire (vs. Shots Fired)
+22.22% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-16.67% - SEAL Team (vs. Criminal Minds)
-17.65% - The Goldbergs
-21.43% - Alex, Inc. (vs. Imaginary Mary)
-30.00% - Modern Family
-36.36% - Designated Survivor
-37.50% - Star (vs. Empire)
-40.00% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow)
-45.45% - Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar (vs. Chicago PD)
-66.67% - Life Sentence (vs. The 100)

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," 1.4/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.3/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 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" (0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore); CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.2/4). 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 0.5/2 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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