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[03/07/19 - 08:20 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Special Gives ABC a Boost
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 (3/6/19):

ABC (6.971 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed the top spot on Wednesday thanks to a special two-hour "American Idol" (7.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and week two of "Whiskey Cavalier" (5.317 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

CBS (4.385 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "The World's Best" (3.020 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a second "The World's Best" (2.871 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (2.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the penultimate "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.664 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.714 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.435 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (3.955 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "All American" (0.584 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Whiskey Cavalier
+25.00% - The World's Best - 10:00
+20.00% - The World's Best - 9:00
0.00% - Survivor: Edge of Extinction
0.00% - Riverdale
0.00% - All American
-27.27% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (vs. 2/20/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Whiskey Cavalier (vs. Designated Survivor)
+9.38% - American Idol (vs. Various)
-11.11% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 8:00 (vs. The X-Files)
-11.76% - Survivor: Edge of Extinction
-25.00% - Riverdale
-33.33% - All American (vs. Life Sentence)
-33.33% - The World's Best - 9:00 (vs. SEAL Team)
-44.44% - The World's Best - 10:00 (vs. Criminal Minds)
-50.00% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 9:00 (vs. 9-1-1)

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," 1.6/5 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.4/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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," 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/7/18):

CBS (6.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (8.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.136 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (5.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

NBC (6.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "The Blacklist" (5.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

FOX (4.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) likewise split the demo lead with fresh installments from "The X-Files" (3.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "9-1-1" (5.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

Next up was ABC (4.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.490 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Speechless" (4.381 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "Designated Survivor" (3.572 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (1.306 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and the premiere of "Life Sentence" (0.757 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.032 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Speechless
+12.50% - SEAL Team
+12.50% - The X-Files
+11.11% - The Blacklist
+10.00% - American Housewife
+9.09% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+8.33% - Chicago PD
+7.69% - The Goldbergs
+7.69% - Modern Family
+6.67% - 9-1-1
0.00% - Designated Survivor
0.00% - Riverdale (vs. 2/7/18)
-5.56% - Survivor: Ghost Island
-10.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. 1/31/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+85.71% - Chicago PD (vs. Chicago PD (Repeat))
+50.00% - Life Sentence (vs. The 100 (Repeat))
+45.45% - 9-1-1 (vs. Star)
+33.33% - Riverdale (vs. Arrow (Repeat))
+33.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+25.00% - The Blacklist (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
0.00% - Survivor: Ghost Island
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
-17.65% - The Goldbergs
-20.00% - Speechless
-21.43% - American Housewife (vs. Black-ish)
-25.00% - The X-Files (vs. Lethal Weapon)
-26.32% - Modern Family
-43.75% - SEAL Team (vs. Survivor: Game Changers)
-53.85% - Designated Survivor

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," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; 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," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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," 1.2/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/4 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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