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Fox Wins Wednesday, but its Advantage is Diminishing

FAST AFFILIATE RATINGS SCORECARD

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, November 17 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 7.49 million, CBS: 7.23, ABC: 5.99, NBC: 5.73, CW: 1.44

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.4 rating/8 share, ABC: 1.6/ 6, CBS: 1.4/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.42 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.38 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 5.06 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.32 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.93 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 5.67 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.58 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1t)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.89 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.90 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1t)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.82 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 4.26 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.08 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 9.81 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 1.53 million (#4), A18-49: 3.1/10 (#1)

CW – Frequency
Viewers: 1.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 5.56 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.44 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 5.96 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Empire
Viewers: 8.43 million (#1), A18-49: 3.1/10 (#1)

CW – Frequency
Viewers: 908,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 5.70 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1t)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 5.89 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.30 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor
Viewers: 5.34 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 5.47 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.41 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    A two-hour edition of “Chicago P.D.” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins its second hour from 10-11 p.m. among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in 18-49.

    · Beats an original “Designated Survivor” for a third time in a row in 18-49 (on Oct. 26, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, L+SD), after “DS” rated higher during their first four head-to-head airings (Sept. 21 through Oct. 12).

    · With its 1.3 from 10-11 p.m., maintains 100% of last week’s 1.3 in the hour in 18-49.

    · Captures the 10 p.m. hour among those dramas in total viewers for the first time this season.

    · Grows +11% in total viewers week to week in the 10 p.m. hour (6.353 million from 10-11 last night vs. 5.698 million last week), to its best 10-11 p.m. result since the show’s Sept. 21 season premiere (6.9 million).

    · Ranks #1 or tied for #1 among those dramas from 10-11 in every key category.

    · For its full two-hour time period from 9-11 p.m., ties for #2 among the Big 4 networks behind only Fox’s “Empire” in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +74% in 18-49 rating so far this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.43 to a 2.49) and more than 3.7 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 10.0 million).

    “Blindspot” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Grows +10% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0) and +2% in total viewers (4.977 million vs. 4.898 million).

    · Also increases week to week in adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos.

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Blindspot” has grown by +72% so far this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.26 to a 2.17) and more than 2.9 million viewers overall (5.8 million to 8.7 million).

    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 121 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.3/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.0/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/4; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; 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 0.3/2 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; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 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.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

    • HI Marc:

      I believe there’s errors in the ratings for Modern Family (too low), Chicago PD (too high in one half-hour) and Criminal Minds (too high in one half hour).

      Can you correct?

      Thanks in advance.

  2. FROM ABC
    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 6.0 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): ABC finished a strong 2nd on Wednesday in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6) to Fox with Empire, leading by double digits over CBS (+14% – 1.4/5) and NBC (+33% – 1.2/4). ABC’s Modern Family was the #2 TV show in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7) to Empire and The Goldbergs ranked as the #3 show on the night (1.8/7 – tied w/ CBS’ Survivor).

    · Season to date, ABC is up on Wednesday by 1.8 million viewers (11.0 million vs. 9.2 million) and by 7% in Adults 18-49 (3.1/11 vs. 2.9/9), marking its most watched start to the season on the night in 5 years – since the first 8 weeks of Fall 2011.

    · ABC’s Speechless (+2% – 5.7 million vs. 5.6 million), Modern Family (+1% – 7.3 million vs. 7.2 million) and black-ish (+6% – 5.6 million vs. 5.3 million) were each up week to week in Total Viewers. In addition, black-ish gained 7% in Adults 18-49 from the prior week’s National rating (1.6/5 vs. 1.5/5), which adjusted down 1-tenth from the Fast Affiliate ratings.

    · At 10pm, Designated Survivor held even week to week in L+SD Adults 18-49 (1.2/4), while growing 20% in Adults 18-34. The new drama grew its hour from the year-ago night for ABC by 25% in Total Viewers and by 20% in Adults 18-49. On average, Designated Survivor leads the season in Live + 7 Day TV Playback, spiking over its L+SD numbers by +7.3 million Total Viewers and by +2.0 rating points among Adults 18-49.

  3. Looks like Chicago PD has won the battle of Wednesday at 10PM.

    Politics fatigue for Designated Survivor? I like the show but I will admit there is nothing light hearted about it at all. Very dark political show. At least Madam Secretary does have its lighter moments.

    • DS gains mightily in C3 but nonetheless, an underwhelming ratings performance. Right now, there’s much drama in the real political realm for a fictitious political drama to be of note but ABC’s going to stick by DS for another season. The vast majority of ABC’s other dramas aren’t performing nearly as well.

      • Yep I have seen some shows do well in Live plus 3 and plus 7. I’ll be glad to keep it around for my own viewing sake. ABC needs to really fix their Sunday before they worry about any other night. That night is a disaster which is why I liked your comedies at 8PM idea.

        • There’s really no show that does spectacularly better in Live+3 (live+7 being essentially for PR only).

          The fact that ABC will renew this low-rated show because it’s doing better than the rest shows how fast ABC is plummeting under the awful leadership of Channing Dungey and after years of sapping by Paul Lee…