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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Commander-in-Chief Forum’ on NBC and MSNBC Leads Prime Time

NBC was the clear winner in the Wednesday ratings. Their night featured the one-hour presidential candidate special “Commander-in-Chief Forum” whose moderator Matt Lauer was oft critically maligned as a result. As noted here last week, the MSNBC simulcast of the special drew 3.43 million viewers.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, September 7, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.9/3 2840 0.5/3 0.8/3 1.1/3
8:00 The Goldbergs (r) 246 92 2.2/4 3266 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.1/4
8:30 The Goldbergs (r) 247 93 1.9/3 2917 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.1/3
9:00 Modern Family (r) 249 94 2.2/4 3206 0.6/3 1.0/3 1.2/4
9:31 black-ish (r) 249 94 1.8/3 2570 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:00 Modern Family (r) 249 94 1.8/3 2633 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:31 The Middle (r) 249 94 1.7/3 2422 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/4 3745 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
8:00 Big Brother 18 254 94 3.8/7 6142 1.2/6 1.9/7 2.3/8
9:00 American Gothic 254 94 1.7/3 2547 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.8/2
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 6.3/11 10182 1.2/6 1.8/7 2.5/8
8:00 NBC+MSNBC Commander-in-Chief Forum (s) 249 95 9.2/16 14721 1.5/8 2.4/9 3.3/11
9:00 America’s Got Talent 244 94 6.4/11 10606 1.3/6 2.0/7 2.6/8
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls (s) 244 94 3.2/6 5219 0.9/4 1.2/5 1.5/5
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 4386 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
8:00 MasterChef 255 94 2.6/5 4342 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.7/6
9:00 MasterChef 255 94 2.6/5 4429 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.8/1 1410 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/2
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us 248 92 0.9/2 1537 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 248 92 0.7/1 1314 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 248 92 0.7/1 1253 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1665 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1662 0.6/3
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1566 0.5/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2 1983 0.7/2
10:00 El Color de la Pasión 0.9/2 1447 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/0 477 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 372 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.3/1 565 0.2/1
9:00 La Ronca de Oro 0.3/1 510 0.2/1
10:00 El Príncipe 0.2/0 356 0.1/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1811 0.8/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.1/2 1677 0.5/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.9/2 1535 0.6/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1814 0.7/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.1/2 2083 0.9/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 9/07/16

Big Brother 18” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/7
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/7

American Gothic” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Commander-in-Chief Forum” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/7
Men 18-34: 1.5/8
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 2.5/10

Commander-in-Chief Forum” (MSNBC)
Women 18-34: 0.25
Men 18-34: 0.40
Women 18-49: 0.40
Men 18-49: 0.59

America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 1.3/6
Men 18-34: 1.3/7
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.9/7

Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Masterchef” (Fox, 8:00)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Masterchef” (Fox, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

Harley and the Davidsons” (Discovery)
Women 18-34: 0.58
Men 18-34: 0.68
Women 18-49: 0.69
Men 18-49: 1.07

Sacred Steel (Sneak Peek)” (Discovery)
Women 18-34: 0.43
Men 18-34: 0.53
Women 18-49: 0.56
Men 18-49: 0.89

Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.53
Men 18-34: 0.25
Women 18-49: 0.85
Men 18-49: 0.37

Suits” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.47
Men 18-34: 0.47
Women 18-49: 0.52
Men 18-49: 0.48

Mr. Robot” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.23
Men 18-34: 0.30
Women 18-49: 0.26
Men 18-49: 0.33

Tyrant” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.15
Women 18-49: 0.21
Men 18-49: 0.20

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 9/07/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, September 7:

* 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
75 59 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 8:56 PM 5 695 0.24
93 74 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:01 PM 28 594 0.20
78 64 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 9:29 PM 5 668 0.23
69 67 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 10:02 PM 5 721 0.22
88 77 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:07 PM 29 614 0.19
76 66 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 687 0.22
55 37 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 782 0.31
47 22 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1004 0.41
38 18 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1136 0.46
24 8 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1492 0.64
22 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1530 0.68
18 10 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1805 0.62
79 72 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 650 0.20
67 87 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 726 0.14
29 52 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1341 0.25
35 58 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1216 0.24
87 35 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 616 0.31
91 33 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 608 0.32
62 21 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 752 0.43
64 19 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 743 0.43
82 26 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 629 0.36
86 28 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:30 PM 30 617 0.34
31 34 HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS DISC 7:00 PM 120 1297 0.32
2 1 HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS DISC 9:00 PM 112 3338 0.88
7 5 SACRED STEEL SNEAK DISC 10:52 PM 12 2382 0.72
23 36 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2 DSNY 8:00 PM 95 1515 0.31
39 61 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 9:35 PM 30 1119 0.24
40 71 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:05 PM 25 1053 0.20
42 79 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1052 0.18
63 78 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 746 0.18
70 81 SO MUCH YOU CAN DO DISJR 8:25 PM 5 720 0.18
77 83 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 8:30 PM 25 679 0.16
97 91 QUIET IS DISJR 8:55 PM 5 564 0.13
99 94 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 9:00 PM 25 557 0.12
85 76 BOTCHED BY NATURE E! 9:00 PM 60 618 0.19
98 82 BOTCHED: POST-OP E! 10:00 PM 30 558 0.17
95 86 MLB WED NIGHT – EARLY: ST. LOUIS / PITTBURGH ESPN 7:00 PM 191 589 0.15
34 51 TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME: MEN’S / WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS ESPN2 7:00 PM 387 1226 0.26
74 63 CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 8:00 PM 60 700 0.23
68 49 CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 9:00 PM 60 724 0.26
73 48 CAMP CUTTHROAT 2 FOOD 10:00 PM 60 703 0.27
4 54 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3051 0.25
3 29 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 3322 0.34
5 40 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2679 0.30
32 17 FX MOVIE PRIME: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER FX 6:59 PM 181 1276 0.47
71 69 TYRANT FX 10:00 PM 90 719 0.21
100 88 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 556 0.14
28 41 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1379 0.30
26 32 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1425 0.32
33 31 PAWN STARS HIST 10:00 PM 31 1265 0.33
48 47 PAWN STARS: BEST OF HIST 10:31 PM 32 965 0.27
30 39 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1318 0.30
20 25 PROP BROS BUY AND SELL HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1671 0.37
15 24 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 2011 0.39
16 23 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1914 0.40
37 53 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 8:00 PM 60 1156 0.25
36 43 BETRAYED ID 9:00 PM 60 1183 0.28
27 30 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 10:00 PM 60 1413 0.34
52 44 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIFETIME TELEVISION 8:00 PM 60 835 0.28
21 12 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1642 0.59
25 14 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:02 PM 60 1449 0.55
1 15 COMMANDER IN CHIEF FORUM MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 3431 0.50
6 27 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2665 0.36
13 50 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2131 0.26
58 20 CATFISH:THE TV SHOW SSN5B MTV 10:00 PM 61 770 0.43
81 89 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 637 0.13
96 95 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 575 0.11
66 85 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 728 0.15
83 92 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 625 0.13
56 60 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 781 0.24
50 45 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 878 0.27
53 56 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 831 0.25
57 57 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 775 0.25
43 73 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:00 PM 30 1047 0.20
46 62 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 30 1008 0.23
84 90 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 8:00 PM 60 622 0.13
40 55 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 9:00 PM 60 1053 0.25
11 11 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 10:00 PM 60 2144 0.61
90 75 GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 9:00 PM 60 610 0.19
19 13 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1688 0.58
14 9 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 2014 0.62
12 6 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2137 0.68
9 3 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2287 0.76
8 2 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2358 0.82
10 4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2175 0.72
92 70 TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 9:00 PM 67 597 0.20
94 84 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN POPUPS TRAV 9:00 PM 60 591 0.16
49 65 CASTLE TNT 8:00 PM 60 923 0.23
44 68 CASTLE TNT 9:00 PM 60 1022 0.22
54 80 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 10:00 PM 60 812 0.18
51 96 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 7:36 PM 36 847 0.11
60 98 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 8:12 PM 36 765 0.09
80 100 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:48 PM 36 639 0.07
65 99 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 730 0.08
71 97 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 719 0.11
59 93 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 766 0.13
45 38 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1016 0.30
17 16 SUITS USA 9:00 PM 61 1866 0.50
60 42 MR. ROBOT USA 10:01 PM 62 765 0.29
89 46 DATING NAKED 3 VH1 9:00 PM 60 611 0.27

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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