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Shemar Moore’s Exit Boosts ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, March 23 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.19 million, ABC: 5.97, NBC: 5.84, Fox: 3.64, CW: 1.90, Univision: 1.74, Telemundo: 1.36, ION: 1.14

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.9 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.6/ 6, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 2, Univision: 0.6/ 2, Telemundo: 0.5/ 2, ION: 0.3/ 1

-Adults 18-34:
CBS: 1.1 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.0/ 5, NBC: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CW and Univision: 0.6/ 3 each, Telemundo: 0.4/ 2, ION: 0.2/ 1

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – Local Programming
Viewers: 7.06 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 5 (#1t)

CBS – Local Programming
Viewers: 6.65 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – Local Programming
Viewers: 6.44 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 5 (#1t)

Fox – Local Programming
Viewers: 3.60 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3t)

CW – Local Programming
Viewers: 1.89 million (#6), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#6)

Univision – Un Camino Hacia El Destino
Viewers: 1.94 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)

Telemundo – La Biblia
Viewers: 1.10 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#7)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 0.99 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 7.15 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Survivor: Kaoh Rong
Viewers: 8.96 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Heartbeat (time slot premiere)
Viewers: 5.31 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.69 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.19 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

Univision – Sueño de Amor
Viewers: 1.70 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6)

Telemundo – ¿Quién es Quién?
Viewers: 1.02 million (#8), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#7)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.15 million (#7), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#3)

CBS – Survivor: Kaoh Rong
Viewers: 9.53 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Heartbeat (time slot premiere)
Viewers: 5.27 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.70 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.09 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)

Univision – Sueño de Amor
Viewers: 1.57 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6)

Telemundo – ¿Quién es Quién?
Viewers: 0.96 million (#8), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#7)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.36 million (#7), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#8)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 7.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.44 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.02 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.71 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.76 million (#6), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

Univision – Pasion y Poder
Viewers: 1.82 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6)

Telemundo – Eva La Trailera
Viewers: 1.15 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#7)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.06 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 6.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.98 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.09 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.47 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.54 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6)

Univision – Pasion y Poder
Viewers: 1.91 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

Telemundo – Eva La Trailera
Viewers: 1.34 million (#7), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#7)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.10 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 4.31 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 7.95 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago P.D.
Viewers: 6.29 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Local Programming
Viewers: 5.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

CW – Local Programming
Viewers: 1.69 million (#7), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#7)

Univision – El Hotel de Los Secretos
Viewers: 1.80 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5t)

Telemundo – La Querida del Centauro (Gran Final)
Viewers: 1.78 million (#6), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5t)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.04 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 4.00 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 7.26 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago P.D.
Viewers: 6.06 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Local Programming
Viewers: 4.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – Local Programming
Viewers: 1.37 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#7)

Univision – El Hotel de Los Secretos
Viewers: 1.63 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6)

Telemundo – La Querida del Centauro (Gran Final)
Viewers: 1.89 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

ION – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 1.14 million (#8), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#8)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. From CBS:

    CBS Wednesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “CRIMINAL MINDS” DELIVERS SEASON HIGHS IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54;

    “CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS” SWEEPS ITS TIME PERIOD; RETAINS +94% OF ITS LAST WEEK’S PREMIERE A18-49 RATING

    “SURVIVOR” WINS TIME PERIOD IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

    CBS WINS WEDNESDAY IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54

    · At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (9.24m), A18-49 (2.0) and A25-54 (2.9).

    · At 9:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (10.71m, up +9% from 9.80m), and second in A18-49 (2.1, up +11% from 1.9) and A25-54 (3.0, up +11% from 2.7), all season highs.

    · At 10:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS was first in viewers (7.60m), A18-49 (1.5) and A25-54 (2.0). CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS retained +94% of last week’s premiere A18-49 rating, +87% of its A25-54 rating and +86% of its audience. With L+7 playback, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS is projected to jump +68% in A18-49 to 2.5 and +47% in viewers to 11.18m.

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (9.19m), A18-49 (1.9) and A25-54 (2.6).

  2. From ABC:

    ABC Dominates All Original Line-Ups on NBC and Fox – Modern Family is #1 on Wednesday for its 7th Straight Original

    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 6.0 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): ABC ran a strong second on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6) to CBS, while beating all-original lineups on NBC (including the time period premiere of Heartbeat) by 23% (1.3/4) and Fox by 45% (1.1/4).

    · For its 7th consecutive first-run telecast, ABC’s Modern Family was Wednesday’s #1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (2.4/8).

    The Middle/The Goldbergs (8-9pm – 6.9 million and 1.8/7 in AD18-49): From 8-9pm, ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs ranked a strong second in the hour among Adults 18-49 (1.8/7) to CBS’ Survivor and dominated their scripted competition in the hour on Fox by 80% (Rosewood = 1.0/4) and on NBC by 100% (Heartbeat = 0.9/4).

    · The Middle was even with the prior week in Adults 18-49 (1.7/7) and The Goldbergs held even with its week-ago Fast Affiliate rating (1.9/7), which adjusted up 1-tenth in the Nationals.

    Modern Family/black-ish (9-10pm – 6.9 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): ABC moved up to win the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, leading by 5% over its closest competition (2.2/7 vs. 2.1/7 – CBS’ Criminal Minds).

    · Modern Family held steady week to week in Adults 18-49 (2.4/8 vs. 2.5/9) and black-ish was even (1.9/6) to match a 2-month high – since 1/6/16.

    Nashville (10-11pm – 4.2 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s Nashville held even with its mid-season return the prior week among Adults 18-49 (0.9/3), while growing in Adults 18-34 (+20%) and Women 18-34 (+14%). L+3 Playback for Last Week’s Return: Nashville was last Wednesday’s #1 gainer in TV playback on the broadcast networks in Adults 18-49, spiking +67% over its L+SD rating after 3 days of playback (growing from a 0.9 to a 1.5 in L+3).

  3. From NBC:

    NBC Ratings: First Original “SVU” in 3 Weeks Grows +15% Vs. Same Night Last Year; “Chicago P.D.” Close to Rounding Up to a 1.4

    VERSUS THE SAME NIGHT LAST YEAR, “LAW & ORDER: SVU” GROWS +15%

    WITH ITS FIRST ORIGINAL IN THREE WEEKS, “CHICAGO P.D.” RANKS #2 AT 10, IS CLOSE TO ROUNDING UP TO A 1.4

    “SVU” IS PROJECTED TO GROW TO A 3.0 AFTER SEVEN DAYS OF TIME-SHIFTING AND ALTERNATE-PLATFORM VIEWS, “P.D.” TO A 2.7

    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “Law & Order: SVU,” 3.0 in 18-49, 9.84 million.

    · “Chicago P.D.,” 2.7 in 18-49, 10.34 million.

    The regular-slot debut of “Heartbeat” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains its rating from half-hour to half-hour in adults 18-49 and most other key measures.

    · Grows half-hour to half-hour in women 18-34.

    · Retains 90% of NBC’s result in the hour on the year-ago night (0.9 vs. 1.0 with “The Mysteries of Laura” on March 25, 2015) and 100% of NBC’s rating the subsequent week (0.9 vs. 0.9 on April 1, 2015).

    “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · With its first original in three weeks, grows +15% versus the same night last year in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3 on March 25, 2015).

    · Grows half-hour to half-hour by +6% in women 18-49 (1.8 to 1.9), +5% in adults 25-54 (1.9 to 2.0) and +9% in women 25-54 (2.3 to 2.5).

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “SVU” has grown by +70% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.68 to a 2.85) and 3.0 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Chicago P.D.” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Is close to rounding up to a 1.4 (currently reporting a 1.348 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings), while CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is close to rounding down to a 1.4 (currently at a 1.452).

    · With its first original telecast in three weeks, ranks #2 in the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, is tied for #1 in men 18-49, adults 18-34 and men 18-34 and is #1 outright among those nets in women 18-34.

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “P.D.” has grown by +69% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.60 to a 2.70) and 3.5 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 10.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.7/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.8/5 with an encore; 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,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.4/2 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 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, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2 with an encore).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 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.

  4. So MOL is looking a little better now, isn’t it? I’ll bet it gets picked up for a third season (or at least a partial season.)

  5. I’m a bit shocked that Heartbreaker couldn’t do better than Laura I guess people finally learned their lesson today about Laura’s value and it just earned a season 3 renewal as well as it never went fractional this season as well. The rest of the Wednesday lineup for NBC also got dragged down by Heartbreaker but I also believe Criminal Minds had a lot to do with that as well.

    Laura’s value to that Wednesday lineup has shown and not only should NBC keep it but it needs a full season and they have two options to place it leading off on either Wednesdays or Fridays. I would only move Laura from Wednesdays if The Blacklist moves there at 8pm or Miranda Rights can self-start if not keep Laura put because it actually has good enough viewership at around 7 million to support a block.

    NBC right now will need to make a decision on Heartbreaker which by the way is worse than Code Black as a medical drama. I know most networks tend to not pull shows these days but this is a case where NBC is dragging down SVU and CPD with a very vulnerable lead-in. I would look at repeats of SVU leading off if SVU and CPD don’t improve in the next few episodes.

    Once I found out that Shemar Moore was leaving CM I knew they would pull in a high number he’s really been the heart of that show since the very beginning and I believe without him I think CM’s decline is going to really show up over the next season. CM is going to drop hard anyways because its kryptonite Empire is back and that’s going to bring down CM: BB who should’ve taken advantage of a season-low performance by Chicago PD.

    I can see Chicago PD rebounding next week and beating CM: BB every week for the rest of the season. CM: BB will probably settle into Code Black ratings soon it got lucky last night with the Shemar Moore episode booster.

    • Just because they tried an even worse show than Laura in that slot doesn’t make Laura a good performer…

      It IS the “logic” that reigns in Hollywood, but that also why they are doing so poorly.

      Last year Empire had very little impact on Criminal Minds.

      We’ll see but I doubt it will this year with its lower ratings.

  6. I think NBC will keep Mysteries of Laura now that Heartbeat flopped. If not in this same time slot, at least it could be a decent Friday night option pending on what NBC picks up in May.

    Code Black I have on iffy ground based on how the Criminal Minds spinoff is doing in this time slot.

    Arrow has lost some steam. I have noticed many are complaining it has been too soap opera as of late

  7. SotB: Thanks for putting those ratings in that format. I don’t know what others think, and it may be out of habit, but I like it better.

    Much appreciated!

    Also interesting to see how the FOX affils bettered their network lead-in.