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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS Delivers 16-Month Viewer-High as Shemar Moore Departs

Clippers-Warriors on ESPN Tops All Key Young and Male Demos on Cable

CBS was the overall winning network on this Wednesday night among total viewers (9.34 million), adults 18-49 (1.9 rating/7 share), adults 18-34 (1.1/5) and adults 25-54 (2.7/8).

The departure of actor Shemar Moore from “Criminal Minds” lifted the series to its most-watched telecast in live+same day viewers since Nov. 26, 2014; its best adults 18-49 delivery since Jan. 14, 2015. Moore spent nearly all of 11 seasons on the crime drama as FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan.

The top cable telecast among all key young and male demos was ESPN’s NBA telecast of “Golden State Warriors’ 114-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers” (1.64 household rating, 2.568 million total viewers). To-date, the Warriors are 33-0 this season at home and 64-7 overall. They need 9 more regular season wins (within the 11 remaining in 2016) to set the new all-time record for best winning regular season in NBA history.

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Programming Insider Wednesday, March 23, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5984 1.0/5 1.6/6 2.2/6
8:00 The Middle 4.5/8 7243 1.0/5 1.7/7 2.4/8
8:30 The Goldbergs 4.1/7 6728 1.2/5 2.0/7 2.6/8
9:00 Modern Family 4.7/8 7694 1.5/7 2.4/8 3.2/9
9:31 black-ish 3.8/6 5976 1.2/5 1.9/6 2.3/6
10:00 Nashville 2.8/5 4103 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.8/10 9337 1.1/5 1.9/7 2.7/8
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.5/10 9313 1.2/6 2.1/8 3.0/9
9:00 Criminal Minds 6.9/12 10944 1.2/5 2.2/7 3.0/8
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 5.0/9 7754 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.1/6
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.9/7 5847 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.7/5
8:00 Heartbeat (p) 3.5/6 5158 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.3/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 4.0/7 6111 1.0/4 1.5/5 2.0/5
10:00 Chicago P.D. 4.1/8 6273 0.8/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.3/4 3640 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 Rosewood 2.5/4 3738 0.7/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
9:00 Hell’s Kitchen 2.2/4 3542 0.8/3 1.2/4 1.5/4
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.2/2 1888 0.6/3 0.7/2 0.8/2
8:00 Arrow 1.3/2 2089 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.9/3
9:00 Supernatural 1.1/2 1687 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.8/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1871 0.7/2
7:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1758 0.6/3
8:02 Sueño de Amor 0.9/2 1594 0.6/2
9:02 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2131 0.8/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1880 0.7/2

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 3/23/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.8/7
Men 18-34: 1.3/6
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 2.1/8

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.5/9
Men 18-49: 1.6/7

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Heartbeat” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

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

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.17
Men 18-34: 0.22
Women 18-49: 0.25
Men 18-49: 0.32

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.20
Men 18-34: 0.06
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.19

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 3/23/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, March 23:


  1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 3.751 million viewers (0.33 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.847 (0.31)

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.540 (0.86)

  4. NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors” (ESPN, 10:35 p.m.-1:07 a.m., 1.64 household rating): 2.538 million viewers (1.18 adults 18-49 rating)

  5. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 2.340 (0.34)
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 2.289 (0.75)

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): 2.269 (0.75)

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.157 (0.72)

  9. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 2.131 (0.70)

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): 2.029 (0.66)
  11. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.915 (0.87)

  12. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 10-11 p.m.): 1.808 (0.45)

  13. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.779 (0.80)

  14. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9-10 p.m.): 1.717 (0.38)

  15. “American Pickers” (History, 9-10:03 p.m.): 1.679 (0.33)
  16. “American Pickers” (History, 8-9 p.m.): 1.625 (0.31)

  17. “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.589 (0.21)

  18. “Little Women L.A.” (Lifetime, 9-10:02 p.m.): 1.502 (0.62)

  19. Movie: “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” (2011) (Disney Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 1.466 (0.26)

  20. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 8-9 p.m.): 1.451 (0.36)


  • NBA Basketball: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls” (ESPN, 8:05-10:35 p.m., 0.95 household rating): 1.419 million viewers (0.63 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life” (TLC, 9-11:02 p.m.): 1.362 (0.48)

  • “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8-9 p.m.): 1.267 (0.27)

  • “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 9-10 p.m.): 1.263 (0.32)

  • “Little Women: Terra’s Little Family” (Lifetime, 10:02-10:32 p.m.): 1.238 (0.47)

  • “Little Women Atlanta Reunion” (Lifetime, 8-9 p.m.): 1.160 (0.53)

  • “Little Women: Terra’s Little Family” (Lifetime, 10:32-11:02 p.m.): 1.142 (0.42)

  • “CNN Tonight” (CNN, 10-11 p.m.): 1.016 (0.24)

  • “Restaurant Impossible” (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.): 1.015 (0.31)

  • “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV, 10:00-11:01 p.m.): 1.003 (0.52)

  • “Web of Lies” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 0.939 (0.26)

  • “The Americans” (FX, 10-11:06 p.m.): 0.933 (0.29)

  • “Underground” (WGN America, 10-10:59 p.m.): 0.895 (0.24)

  • “Face Off” (Syfy, 9-10 p.m.): 0.890 (0.31)

  • “Evil Stepmothers” (ID, 10-11 p.m.): 0.843 (0.21)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life-Extended” (TLC, 8-9 p.m.): 0.816 (0.28)

  • “Venom Hunters” (Discovery, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 0.799 (0.27)

  • “Wahlburgers” (A&E, 9-9:31 p.m.): 0.762 (0.30)

  • “Wahlburgers” (A&E, 9:31-10:02 p.m.): 0.711 (0.29)

  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (truTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.702 (0.23)

  • “Younger” (TV Land, 10-10:31 p.m.): 0.678 (0.23)

  • “Donny Loves Jenny” (A&E, 10:02-10:32 p.m.): 0.657 (0.26)

  • “Family Therapy” (VH1, 9-10 p.m.): 0.617 (0.32)

  • “Donny Loves Jenny” (A&E, 10:32-11:02 p.m.): 0.581 (0.22)

  • “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.569 (0.34)

  • NHL Hockey: Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers” (NBCSN, 8:01-10:53 p.m., 0.34 household rating): 0.532 million viewers (0.18 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “My Crazy Ex” (LMN, 9-10 p.m.): 0.505 (0.16)

  • “I Love You… But I Lied” (LMN, 10-11 p.m.): 0.500 (0.16)

  • “Young & Hungry” (Freeform, 8-8:30 p.m.): 0.450 (0.21)

  • “Baby Daddy” (Freeform, 8:30-9 p.m.): 0.436 (0.21)


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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  1. Could I please have the ratings for ‘Celebrity Motor Homes’ (8pm & 8:30pm, GAC)?? Thank you!