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[03/29/19 - 08:12 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: College Basketball Sparks CBS Victory
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 (3/28/19):

CBS (6.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) once again took home top honors with its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by a second game from the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (5.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

ABC (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Station 19" (5.473 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "For the People" (3.020 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was NBC (2.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (3.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "AP Bio" (2.361 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Will & Grace" (3.275 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), the premiere of "Abby's" (2.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.974 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.290 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Orville" (1.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (0.929 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the season finale of "Legacies" (0.937 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.933 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - For the People
+11.11% - Station 19
+7.14% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - AP Bio
0.00% - Legacies
-11.11% - Superstore

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Abby's (vs. Champions)
-11.76% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Station 19
-16.67% - AP Bio
-22.22% - Will & Grace
-25.00% - For the People (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.5/5 with an encore delayed by an NCAA overrun; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

· 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," 0.4/3 with an encore delayed by an NCAA overrun; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· 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," 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/4 with an encore delayed by an NCAA overrun. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/3 with an encore delayed by an NCAA overrun.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households and a 0.1/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/29/18):

CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Mom" (8.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SWAT" (5.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (5.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), week two of "Station 19" (5.827 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and the relocated "Scandal" (3.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (2.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "AP Bio" (2.101 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Will & Grace" (3.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Champions" (1.918 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.265 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.382 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (2.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Arrow" (1.143 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.572 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Supernatural (vs. 3/8/18)
0.00% - Station 19
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo
0.00% - Arrow (vs. 3/8/18)
-6.67% - Mom (vs. 3/8/18)
-7.69% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 3/8/18)
-9.09% - Young Sheldon (vs. 3/8/18)
-10.00% - SWAT (vs. 3/8/18)
-10.53% - Grey's Anatomy
-14.29% - AP Bio
-16.67% - Life in Pieces (vs. 3/8/18)
-25.00% - Chicago Fire
-25.00% - Will & Grace (vs. 3/15/18)
-27.27% - Scandal (vs. 3/15/18)
-27.27% - Superstore
-28.57% - Champions (vs. 3/15/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+16.67% - Supernatural
+14.29% - Superstore (vs. Superstore (Repeat))
+12.50% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist: Redemption)
+7.69% - Mom
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. Kicking & Screaming)
0.00% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
0.00% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
0.00% - AP Bio (vs. Powerless)
0.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
0.00% - Scandal (vs. The Catch)
-4.00% - The Big Bang Theory
-9.09% - Life in Pieces
-19.05% - Grey's Anatomy
-25.00% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-30.00% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-44.44% - Champions (vs. Chicago Med)

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," 1.5/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

· 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," 0.4/2; 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" (1.0/3 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" (0.3/2 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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