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[03/30/19 - 08:31 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Continues Reign with College Basketball
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/29/19):

CBS (7.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its continued coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) plus a second game from the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (8.504 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (3.608 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.672 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Speechless" (2.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "20/20" (4.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "The Blacklist" (4.326 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a second "The Blacklist" (4.030 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.297 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Last Man Standing" (3.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) alongside originals from "The Cool Kids" (3.274 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Proven Innocent" (1.995 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.593 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.415 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Blacklist - 8:00 (vs. 2/22/19)
0.00% - Proven Innocent
0.00% - Dynasty
0.00% - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
-12.50% - 20/20
-14.29% - The Cool Kids
-16.67% - The Blacklist - 9:00
-16.67% - Fresh Off the Boat
-20.00% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - Speechless

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - The Blacklist - 9:00 (vs. Taken)
+55.56% - 20/20 (vs. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD/20/20)
+20.00% - The Blacklist - 8:00 (vs. Blindspot)
0.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. Once Upon a Time)
-20.00% - Proven Innocent (vs. 9-1-1 (Repeat))
-20.00% - Speechless (vs. Once Upon a Time)
-25.00% - The Cool Kids (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-33.33% - Dynasty
-33.33% - Dateline NBC
-50.00% - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))

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," 1.9/6 with an encore delayed by NCAA basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 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," 0.6/4 with an encore delayed by NCAA basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/3 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 with an encore in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4 with an encore delayed by NCAA basketball. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/3 with an encore delayed by NCAA basketball.

· 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.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/30/18):

CBS (7.470 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was once again on top last night with its mix of "MacGyver" (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.690 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Second place then went to FOX (2.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "Blindspot" (2.912 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Taken" (2.122 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up new episodes from "Once Upon a Time" (2.078 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "20/20" (2.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.994 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.961 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Dynasty
+25.00% - Once Upon a Time
+11.11% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. 3/9/18)
0.00% - MasterChef Junior
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
-10.00% - Blue Bloods (vs. 3/9/18)
-11.11% - MacGyver (vs. 3/9/18)
-16.67% - Blindspot
-20.00% - 20/20
-25.00% - Taken

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - MasterChef Junior (vs. Rosewood)
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
-11.11% - MacGyver
-18.18% - Blue Bloods
-25.00% - Dynasty (vs. The Originals)
-28.57% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (vs. Shark Tank (Repeat))
-33.33% - Dateline NBC
-41.18% - Once Upon a Time (vs. Last Man Standing/Dr. Ken)
-44.44% - Blindspot (vs. Grimm)
-50.00% - 20/20
-66.67% - Taken (vs. Dateline NBC)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

Metered-market ratings are currently delayed.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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