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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Chicago’ Crossover Leads NBC to Its Most-Watched Wed. with In-Season Series in Over Two Years

NBC dominated Wednesday night overall with the all-night ‘Chicago’ crossover event that concluded with the series premiere of “Chicago Justice.” It’s NBC’s highest-rated Wednesday in 18-49 (1.8) with in-season series programming since November 11, 2015. In total viewers, it’s NBC’s best Wednesday (9.133 million) with in-season series programming since Nov. 12, 2014.

At 10 p.m., “Chicago Justice” equaled NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot with series programming in more than a year (since Feb. 10, 2016, 2.0) and was television’s most-watched new drama debut in prime time since premiere week last fall (excluding Fox’s post-Super Bowl revival of “24” which aired after prime time on Feb. 5.

A special 9 p.m. edition of “Chicago P.D.” set a series record in total viewers and was the first time NBC has won the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 with scripted series programming against all originals on the Big 4 competition since in more than nine years (since Sept. 26, 2007). It also was the show’s highest 18-49 rating in more than a year (since Feb. 10, 2016, 2.0) and scored NBC’s best adult 18-49 rating in the hour with in-season series programming in more than a year (since a “Voice” special on March 9, 2016, 2.1 in the hour). “Chicago P.D.” delivered NBC’s best total-viewer result with in-season series programming in more than two years (since “Law & Order: SVU” on Nov. 12, 2014, 10.007 million).

A special Wednesday telecast of “Chicago Fire” at 8 p.m. generated NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot with in-season scripted series programming in more than three years (since “Revolution” on Sept. 25, 2013, 1.8) and earned NBC’s best total-viewer result in the time period with in-season scripted series programming in more than two years (since “Mysteries of Laura” on Sept. 24, 2014, 10.010 million). It was also the show’s most-watched episode since Dec. 8, 2015 (9.134 million).

(Source: NBC)

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, March 1, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.2/4 3442 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
8:00 The Goldbergs 250 93 3.7/7 6169 0.9/5 1.8/7 2.4/8
8:30 Modern Family (s) 250 93 3.9/7 6414 1.3/7 2.0/8 2.6/8
9:00 When We Rise Night II (s) 250 93 1.4/3 2018 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.2/6 5126 0.5/3 1.0/4 1.5/5
8:00 Hunted (f) 253 93 2.9/5 4789 0.6/3 1.2/5 1.6/5
9:00 Criminal Minds 253 93 4.2/7 6540 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.9/6
10:00 Bull (rs) 254 93 2.7/5 4048 0.3/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.7/10 9110 1.1/5 1.8/7 2.4/7
8:00 Chicago Fire (s) 246 93 5.6/10 9013 1.0/5 1.7/7 2.3/7
9:00 Chicago P.D. (s) 246 93 5.9/10 9586 1.2/6 1.9/7 2.5/8
10:00 Chicago Justice (p) 246 93 5.5/11 8732 1.0/5 1.7/7 2.3/7
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.2/4 3362 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
8:00 Lethal Weapon 257 93 2.2/4 3362 0.5/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
9:01 Star 258 93 2.2/4 3363 0.8/4 1.1/4 1.4/4
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.8/1 1312 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.5/2
8:00 Arrow 246 90 1.0/2 1602 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 The 100 246 90 0.7/1 1023 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.4/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 2109 0.7/3
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.0/2 1962 0.7/3
8:00 Pequeños Gigantes USA 0.9/2 1887 0.6/2
9:00 Vino el Amor 1.2/2 2125 0.7/2
10:00 El Color de la Pasión 1.3/3 2315 0.8/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.4/1 717 0.3/1
7:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos (r) 0.3/1 658 0.2/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.8/1 1473 0.5/2
9:00 Mujeres de Negro 0.3/0 457 0.2/1
10:00 Por Siempre Joan Sebastian 0.1/0 219 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.8/1 1378 0.5/3 0.6/2
8:00 La Fan (preliminary) 0.6/1 979 0.3/2 0.4/1
9:00 La Doña (preliminary) 0.8/1 1450 0.5/2 0.5/2
10:00 El Chema (preliminary) 1.0/2 1706 0.7/3 0.8/3

Note: All of this date’s Telemundo data are based on preliminary figures.

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 3/01/17

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/7
Men 18-34: 1.2/6
Women 18-49: 2.4/9
Men 18-49: 1.7/7

When We Rise – Night 2” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Hunted” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Chicago Fire” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/7
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

Chicago Justice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Star” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

The 100” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

Legion” (FX, 10:00-11:18 p.m.)
0.47 household rating
0.750 million viewers
0.37 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.45
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.49

Suits” (USA, 10:00-11:03 p.m.)
0.76 household rating
1.127 million viewers
0.32 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.24
Men 18-34: 0.24
Women 18-49: 0.36
Men 18-49: 0.28

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 3/01/17

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, March 1:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No. = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No. = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No.* D-No.* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
83 81 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 8:00 PM 30 522 0.18
67 55 DUCK DYNASTY: BEST OF A&E 8:30 PM 30 704 0.26
37 24 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:00 PM 32 1051 0.36
60 55 JEP & JESSICA A&E 9:32 PM 31 767 0.26
75 79 JEP & JESSICA A&E 10:03 PM 31 574 0.19
79 79 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:34 PM 30 535 0.19
65 52 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 722 0.27
66 38 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 8:30 PM 30 714 0.30
38 13 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:00 PM 30 965 0.46
32 11 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1152 0.54
22 8 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1359 0.66
18 4 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1479 0.76
54 38 AMC MOVIE: FORREST GUMP AMC 8:00 PM 180 802 0.30
58 38 THE QUAD BET 10:00 PM 60 788 0.30
96 93 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 373 0.14
91 66 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 430 0.23
88 55 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 453 0.26
83 38 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 522 0.30
77 31 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 556 0.32
81 27 WORKAHOLICS CMDY 10:00 PM 30 526 0.34
98 71 JEFF & SOME ALIENS CMDY 10:30 PM 30 353 0.22
91 88 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 430 0.15
35 59 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1120 0.25
15 38 CNN MCCAIN / GRAHAM TOWN HALL (1.05 HH) CNN 9:00 PM 77 1601 0.30
25 52 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:17 PM 43 1319 0.27
31 38 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 8:00 PM 60 1191 0.30
8 10 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE SPECIAL DISC 9:00 PM 60 2078 0.55
27 18 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 10:00 PM 60 1294 0.39
71 85 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 647 0.16
74 93 ELENA OF AVALOR DISJR 8:30 PM 25 602 0.14
57 93 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 793 0.14
44 93 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:30 PM 30 884 0.14
46 93 BUNK’D DSNY 10:00 PM 30 859 0.14
6 2 NBA REGULAR SEASON: CLEVELAND @ BOSTON (1.42 HH) ESPN 8:00 PM 157 2247 0.87
16 6 NBA REGULAR SEASON: HOUSTON @ L.A. CLIPPERS (0.99 HH) ESPN 10:37 PM 147 1556 0.70
52 74 CHOPPED JUNIOR FOOD 8:00 PM 60 805 0.21
68 59 COOKS VS. CONS FOOD 9:00 PM 60 701 0.25
50 38 BAKERS VS FAKERS FOOD 10:00 PM 60 819 0.30
1 15 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 4245 0.40
2 20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 3320 0.38
3 24 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2789 0.36
64 34 FX MOVIE PRIME: THE WOLVERINE FX 7:00 PM 180 733 0.31
63 22 LEGION FX 10:00 PM 78 750 0.37
95 88 FXX MOVIE PRIME: DRACULA UNTOLD FXX  8:00 PM 120 393 0.15
82 38 ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 10:00 PM 30 523 0.30
90 88 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:30 PM 30 441 0.15
80 76 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 530 0.20
78 71 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 543 0.22
19 30 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1464 0.33
11 20 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1865 0.38
12 27 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1792 0.34
14 27 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1703 0.34
21 59 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1423 0.25
17 48 AMERICAN PICKERS AC HIST 9:00 PM 60 1520 0.29
23 26 SIX HIST 10:00 PM 61 1348 0.35
30 48 SEE NO EVIL ID 9:00 PM 60 1203 0.29
26 34 MURDER CHOSE ME ID 10:00 PM 60 1313 0.31
40 66 SEE NO EVIL ID  8:00 PM 60 915 0.23
85 85 LW ATL: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 60 506 0.16
39 22 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 9:00 PM 62 918 0.37
86 74 BRINGING UP BALLERS LIF  10:02 PM 60 484 0.21
20 88 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1427 0.15
9 66 TRUMP-PUTIN POWER PLAY MSNBC 9:00 PM 120 2069 0.23
49 15 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN6 MTV 8:00 PM 61 826 0.40
61 18 ARE YOU THE ONE SSN 5 MTV 9:01 PM 61 756 0.39
100 93 ARE YOU THE ONE S5 AFTER MTV  10:02 PM 31 321 0.14
69 64 NHL REGULAR SEASON: PITTSBURGH @ CHICAGO (0.42 HH) NBCSN 8:03 PM 155 671 0.24
29 51 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1216 0.28
36 66 GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1065 0.23
55 64 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 798 0.24
56 59 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 796 0.25
53 52 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 803 0.27
48 38 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 843 0.30
76 66 SPIKE TV MOVIE: THE BLIND SIDE SPIKE 7:00 PM 180 567 0.23
94 76 TIME: KALIEF BROWDER SPIKE 10:00 PM 57 420 0.20
59 31 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 9:00 PM 60 782 0.32
72 71 THE EXPANSE SYFY 10:00 PM 60 625 0.22
13 9 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1748 0.64
10 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 2060 0.75
7 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2194 0.83
4 1 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2383 0.90
42 15 CONAN SPECIAL TBS 10:00 PM 60 899 0.40
24 12 MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 120 1321 0.49
33 13 SKIN TIGHT TLC 10:00 PM 61 1128 0.46
5 59 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 9:00 PM 60 2276 0.25
43 93 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 10:00 PM 60 898 0.14
40 34 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 9:00 PM 60 915 0.31
87 93 EXP UNKNOWN REPACK TRAV 10:00 PM 60 477 0.14
99 88 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 9:00 PM 30 349 0.15
93 84 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 9:30 PM 30 422 0.17
89 85 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU  10:00 PM 30 445 0.16
47 81 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 849 0.18
45 76 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 881 0.20
97 81 COPA MX: AMERICA / SANTOS LAGUNA (0.19 HH) UDN 9:26 PM 125 372 0.18
61 55 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 756 0.26
51 48 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 813 0.29
34 31 SUITS USA 10:00 PM 63 1127 0.32
28 7 BLACK INK CREW 5 VH1 8:00 PM 60 1282 0.68
73 34 BLACK INK CREW 5 VH1 9:00 PM 60 605 0.31
70 38 AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL 23 VH1 10:00 PM 60 650 0.30

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Wednesday 3/01/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 1.75 … 2.33
    Modern Family ………… 2.04 … 3.17
    When We Rise ………… 0.56 … 0.70
    Hunted …………………… 1.17 … 1.42
    Criminal Minds ………… 1.28 … 2.02
    Bull-r ……………………… 0.67 … 0.74
    Chicago Fire …………… 1.71 … 2.36
    Chicago PD ……………. 1.90 … 2.69
    Chicago Justice ………. 1.68 … 2.39
    Lethal Weapon ………… 0.71 … 0.75
    Star ……………………….. 1.12 … 1.63
    Arrow …………………….. 0.56 … 0.82
    The 100 ………………….. 0.36 … 0.61

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 6169 … 7413
    Modern Family ………… 6415 … 9094
    When We Rise …………. 2018 … 2478
    Hunted …………………… 4831 … 5647
    Criminal Minds ………… 6602 … 9535
    Bull-r ……………………… 4068 … 4542
    Chicago Fire …………… 9014 .. 11411
    Chicago PD ……………. 9587 .. 12428
    Chicago Justice ……… 8732 .. 11659
    Lethal Weapon ………… 3361 … 3521
    Star ……………………….. 3363 … 4679
    Arrow ……………………… 1602 … 2211
    The 100 ………………….. 1023 … 1533