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[04/06/18 - 08:16 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Powers Another Victory for CBS
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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (4/5/18):

CBS (8.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Thursday reign last night with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.119 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

ABC (5.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Station 19" (5.117 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scandal" (3.880 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.634 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Superstore" (3.170 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "AP Bio" (2.276 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the season finale of "Will & Grace" (3.596 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus new episodes of "Champions" (1.953 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.544 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.372 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Scandal
+11.11% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo
0.00% - AP Bio
0.00% - Champions
0.00% - Arrow
-4.17% - The Big Bang Theory
-5.00% - Young Sheldon
-5.88% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - Life in Pieces
-11.11% - SWAT
-14.29% - Supernatural
-16.67% - Station 19

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist: Redemption)
+35.71% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+33.33% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
+28.57% - Scandal (vs. The Catch)
+20.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. Kicking & Screaming)
0.00% - AP Bio (vs. Powerless)
-5.88% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
-11.11% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
-11.54% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-23.08% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - Life in Pieces
-50.00% - 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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.4/4 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.2/1 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.1/4 in metered-market households); CBS's "Late Late Show" (0.8/3 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night" (0.3/3 in 18-49); "Late Late Show" (0.1/1 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report).

· 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.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/6/17):

CBS (6.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the top spot on Thursday with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Mom" (7.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (5.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (4.299 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a tight second with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.529 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "The Catch" (3.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.042 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.094 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Powerless" (2.089 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Chicago Med" (5.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.224 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Kicking & Screaming" (2.011 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with "Supernatural" (1.584 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.911 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Chicago Med
+9.09% - Life in Pieces
+7.69% - Mom
+4.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - The Great Indoors
0.00% - The Amazing Race
0.00% - Powerless
0.00% - Kicking & Screaming
-10.00% - MasterChef Junior
-12.50% - The Catch
-16.67% - Supernatural
-18.75% - Scandal
-19.05% - Grey's Anatomy
-25.00% - The Blacklist: Redemption
-25.00% - Riverdale
-27.27% - Superstore (vs. 3/23/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Amazing Race (vs. Rush Hour)
0.00% - Superstore (vs. Little Big Shots (Repeat))
-6.67% - Mom
-12.50% - The Great Indoors (vs. The Odd Couple)
-13.33% - The Big Bang Theory
-14.29% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)
-16.67% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-19.05% - Grey's Anatomy
-23.53% - Scandal
-25.00% - Powerless (vs. Little Big Shots (Repeat))
-25.00% - The Blacklist: Redemption (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-28.57% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-36.36% - The Catch
-40.00% - Riverdale (vs. The 100)
-65.38% - MasterChef Junior (vs. American Idol)
-81.82% - Kicking & Screaming (vs. American Idol)

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," 2.2/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5, delayed by Masters golf coverage; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2, delayed by Masters golf coverage; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.9/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3, with an encore delayed by Masters golf coverage. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2, with an encore delayed by Masters golf coverage.

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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