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[03/12/18 - 09:04 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Returns on Top for ABC
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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/11/18):

ABC (8.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Sunday with the debut of its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.016 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Idol" (10.327 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Deception" (6.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

To give "Idol's" return some context: the show's final season on FOX bowed to 10.850 million viewers and a 2.9 among adults 18-49 on 1/6/16.

FOX (3.495 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.834 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and the special "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" (4.402 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (9.224 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), a second "60 Minutes" (8.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (6.309 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, NBC (3.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) closed out the evening with its annual telecast of "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (3.548 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) alongside the return of "Timeless" (2.962 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. 2/18/18)
+12.50% - 60 Minutes (vs. 2/25/18)
-10.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. 1/14/18)
-14.29% - Madam Secretary (vs. 1/14/18)
-80.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 1/14/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+206.67% - American Idol (vs. Once Upon a Time/Time After Time)
+160.00% - Deception (vs. American Crime)
+29.03% - O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? (vs. Various)
+12.50% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. Madam Secretary)
+10.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - Madam Secretary (vs. Elementary)
0.00% - Timeless (vs. Shades of Blue)
-12.50% - Bob's Burgers
-18.18% - 60 Minutes - 7:00
-18.18% - 60 Minutes - 8:00 (vs. NCIS: Los Angeles)
-23.08% - American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World (vs. Various)


Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/12/17):

NBC (6.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with an encore of "Little Big Shots" (4.798 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) followed by new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (9.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Chicago Justice" (6.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Shades of Blue" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

CBS (7.883 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the most-watched network with new episodes of "60 Minutes" (9.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Madam Secretary" (8.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.601 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Next up was FOX (2.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its lineup of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (2.412 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) alongside originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.846 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.571 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Making History" (1.777 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Family Guy" (2.524 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.995 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, ABC (3.313 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.331 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Once Upon a Time" (3.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Time After Time" (2.226 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16) plus the premiere of "American Crime" (2.667 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - The Simpsons
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - Once Upon a Time
0.00% - Madam Secretary
0.00% - Bob's Burgers
0.00% - Elementary
-8.33% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-8.33% - Family Guy
-14.29% - Time After Time
-15.00% - Little Big Shots
-20.00% - Shades of Blue
-20.00% - The Last Man on Earth
-21.43% - Chicago Justice
-22.22% - Making History

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+57.14% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. Scorpion (Repeat))
+14.29% - Madam Secretary (vs. Scorpion (Repeat))
-8.33% - 60 Minutes
-9.09% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-11.11% - Shades of Blue (vs. Hollywood Game Night)
-12.50% - Making History (vs. Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life)
-15.38% - The Simpsons
-15.38% - Chicago Justice (vs. The Carmichael Show)
-20.00% - Bob's Burgers
-21.43% - Family Guy
-25.00% - Time After Time (vs. The Family)
-27.27% - The Last Man on Earth
-30.77% - Once Upon a Time
-39.29% - Little Big Shots
-40.00% - Elementary (vs. CSI: Cyber)
-54.55% - American Crime (vs. Quantico)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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