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[05/15/20 - 08:10 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Demos with "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
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 (5/14/20):

ABC (5.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "Station 19" (5.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the final episode of "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.241 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Mom" (5.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), a new "Broke" (4.639 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.360 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.359 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Council of Dads" (2.842 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blindspot" (1.879 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.573 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.602 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside a repeat "Mental Samurai" (1.543 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with the season finale of "Katy Keene" (0.464 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "In the Dark" (0.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
+12.50% - Station 19
0.00% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
0.00% - Man with a Plan
0.00% - Broke
0.00% - Council of Dads
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Katy Keene
0.00% - In the Dark
-25.00% - Celebrity Watch Party

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. For the People)
+12.50% - Station 19
0.00% - Celebrity Watch Party (vs. Paradise Hotel)
-30.77% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
-33.33% - Council of Dads (vs. Superstore/Superstore)
-40.00% - Blindspot (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-50.00% - Katy Keene (vs. iZombie)
-50.00% - In the Dark
-66.67% - Broke (vs. Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell)
-78.13% - Man with a Plan (vs. The Big Bang Theory)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/16/19):

CBS (12.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with part one of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) series finale followed by part two of "The Big Bang Theory" (18.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) finale, the season finale of "Young Sheldon" (13.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), the special "Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell" (11.759 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and the season finale of "SWAT" (5.991 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

ABC (4.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its finales to "Grey's Anatomy" (5.903 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Station 19" (4.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "For the People" (2.554 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its season closers to "Superstore" (2.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Superstore" (2.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.534 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.529 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Paradise Hotel" (1.150 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Paradise Hotel" (1.038 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, The CW (0.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "iZombie" (0.615 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.521 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+57.89% - The Big Bang Theory - 8:00
+46.67% - Young Sheldon
+28.57% - SWAT
+25.00% - For the People
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
0.00% - iZombie
0.00% - In the Dark
-11.11% - Station 19
-14.29% - Superstore - 8:30
-16.67% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 9:00
-25.00% - Superstore - 8:00
-40.00% - Paradise Hotel - 8:00
-40.00% - Paradise Hotel - 9:00

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - The Big Bang Theory - 8:00 (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+190.91% - The Big Bang Theory - 8:30 (vs. Young Sheldon (Repeat))
+120.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. Life in Pieces)
+100.00% - Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell (vs. Life in Pieces)
-10.00% - SWAT
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special)
-16.67% - For the People (vs. What Would You Do?)
-20.00% - Station 19
-25.00% - Superstore - 8:30 (vs. Ellen's Game of Games (Repeat))
-25.00% - Superstore - 8:00 (vs. Ellen's Game of Games (Repeat))
-31.58% - Grey's Anatomy
-37.50% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 9:00 (vs. American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special)
-37.50% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 9:30 (vs. American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Special)
-50.00% - Paradise Hotel - 8:00 (vs. Gotham)
-50.00% - Paradise Hotel - 9:00 (vs. Showtime at the Apollo)
-60.00% - iZombie (vs. Supernatural)
-60.00% - In the Dark (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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 3.8/11; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/2; "Late Show," 0.7/5 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· 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; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.5/6. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.4/3.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households 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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