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[05/19/18 - 08:36 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demo Race with "MasterChef Junior" Finale
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 (5/18/18):

FOX (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the demo crown on Friday thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

NBC (4.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with the season finale of "Blindspot" (3.290 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) plus a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.614 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its mix of a new "Undercover Boss" (4.638 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.578 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the series finale of "Once Upon a Time" (2.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), the season closer to "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a new "20/20" (2.644 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the special "Harry and Meghan: A Love Story" (1.652 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Life Sentence" (0.978 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.315 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Life Sentence
+28.57% - MasterChef Junior - 9:00
+20.00% - Blindspot
+16.67% - MasterChef Junior - 8:00
+14.29% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Undercover Boss
0.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Once Upon a Time
0.00% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
-12.50% - Hawaii Five-0

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+125.00% - MasterChef Junior - 9:00 (vs. Maid in Manhattan (Repeat))
+75.00% - MasterChef Junior - 8:00 (vs. Maid in Manhattan (Repeat))
+40.00% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special)
0.00% - Once Upon a Time (vs. The Toy Box)
0.00% - Harry and Meghan: A Love Story (vs. The Originals)
-11.11% - Dateline NBC
-14.29% - Blindspot (vs. First Dates)
-14.29% - Undercover Boss
-16.67% - 20/20
-16.67% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (vs. The Toy Box)
-33.33% - Life Sentence (vs. Reign)

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," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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," 1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/19/17):

NBC (4.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes of "First Dates" (3.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (5.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (4.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its mix of "Undercover Boss" (4.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" (3.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "The Toy Box" (2.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), the season finale of "The Toy Box" (2.320 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "20/20" (2.735 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.926 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Maid in Manhattan" (1.926 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.209 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Reign" (1.067 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) rounded out the night for The CW (1.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - First Dates
0.00% - The Toy Box
0.00% - Reign
-25.00% - The Originals
-30.00% - Undercover Boss
-33.33% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Grimm/Dateline NBC)
-12.50% - Undercover Boss (vs. New I Love Lucy Superstar Special)
-22.22% - First Dates (vs. Grimm)
-25.00% - Reign (vs. The Originals)
-25.00% - The Originals (vs. Masters of Illusion)
-28.57% - The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special (vs. Undercover Boss)
-37.50% - The Toy Box - 8:00 (vs. Beyond the Tank)
-50.00% - 20/20
-50.00% - The Toy Box - 9:00 (vs. Shark Tank)

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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.9/3 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," 1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5/4 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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