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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS Leads Night in Viewership

CBS won this Wednesday, its fourth consecutive night among total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, led by television’s most-watched program of the evening, “Criminal Minds.” The crime drama matched its season bests in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 ratings.

Fox was tops among adults 18-34, thanks to “American Idol” but no thanks to week two of “Second Chance” which dropped 20 percent in total viewers and 17 percent in adults 18-49 from its premiere telecast one week earlier.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.4/6 5417 1.0/4 1.5/5 2.0/6
8:00 The Middle 4.5/7 7241 1.1/5 1.8/6 2.4/7
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.7/6 6212 1.2/5 2.0/6 2.5/7
9:00 Modern Family (r) 3.6/6 5791 1.1/4 1.6/5 2.2/6
9:31 black-ish 3.6/6 5721 1.2/5 1.7/6 2.3/6
10:00 American Crime 2.6/5 3767 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.3/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.0/8 7794 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
8:00 2 Broke Girls 4.2/7 6644 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
8:30 Mike & Molly 4.4/7 7039 0.9/4 1.8/5 2.4/7
9:00 Criminal Minds 5.8/10 9252 1.2/5 2.0/6 2.7/7
10:00 Code Black 4.7/9 7290 0.8/4 1.4/5 2.0/6
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.5/8 6809 0.9/4 1.5/5 1.9/5
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura 4.6/7 7002 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.6/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 4.6/8 6908 1.0/4 1.7/5 2.2/6
10:00 Chicago P.D. 4.3/8 6518 0.9/4 1.5/5 2.0/6
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6530 1.1/4 1.7/5 2.3/6
8:00 American Idol 5.6/9 9223 1.5/6 2.4/8 3.2/9
9:01 Second Chance 2.3/4 3747 0.6/2 1.0/3 1.3/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.4/2 2329 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.9/3
8:00 Arrow 1.7/3 2829 1.0/4 1.1/4 1.1/3
9:00 Supernatural 1.1/2 1829 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1984 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.2/2 2052 0.7/3
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 1851 0.7/2
9:02 Pasion y Poder (thru 11:00) 1.2/2 2053 0.8/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 1/20/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/7
Men 18-49: 1.7/6

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/3
Women 18-49: 2.2/6
Men 18-49: 1.3/4

American Crime” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.2/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Code Black” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/5
Men 18-49: 1.3/4

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.9/7
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 1.9/7

Second Chance” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/3
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 1.3/6
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Supernatural” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 1/20/16
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, January 20:


  1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.271 million (0.28 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.881 (1.10)

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.817 (1.07)

  4. “American Pickers” (History, 9 p.m.): 2.795 (0.53)

  5. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.635 (0.23)
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.633 (0.93)

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.609 (0.96)

  8. “Pawn Stars” (History, 10 p.m.): 2.255 (0.51)

  9. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.171 (0.82)

  10. “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 9:30 p.m.): 2.127 (0.79)
  11. “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 9 p.m.): 2.100 (0.76)

  12. “NBA Basketball: Golden State @ Chicago” (ESPN, 8:06-10:26 p.m., 1.37 household rating): 2.073 (0.84)

  13. “High School Musical” (Disney Channel, 8:00-9:50 p.m.): 2.071 (0.49)

  14. “Jep & Jessica” (A&E, 10:01 p.m.): 2.027 (0.73)

  15. “NCIS” (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.943 (0.36)
  16. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.835 (0.19)

  17. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.827 (0.69)

  18. “American Pickers” (History, 8 p.m.): 1.784 (0.37)

  19. “Jep & Jessica” (A&E, 10:31 p.m.): 1.778 (0.62)

  20. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.726 (0.80)


  • “NBA Basketball: Atlanta @ Portland” (ESPN, 10:26 p.m.-1:06 a.m., 0.75 household rating): 1.126 (0.50)

  • “The Challenge: Bloodlines” (MTV, 10 p.m.): 0.932 (0.56)

  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10 p.m.): 0.609 (0.35)

  • “Younger” (TV Land, 10 p.m.): 0.574 (0.20)

  • “College Basketball: Wake Forest @ North Carolina” (ESPN2, 7:39-8:56 p.m., 0.35 household rating): 0.527 (0.17)

  • “NHL Hockey: St. Louis @ Detroit” (NBCSN, 8:03-10:51 p.m.): 0.411 (0.15)

  • “Man Seeking Woman” (FXX, 10:32 p.m.): 0.254 (0.14)


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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  2. Do you have ratings for Doc McStuffins on Disney Channel (10:30 am) and Disney Junior (12:30 pm, 12:55 pm, 10:30 pm)? Thanks

    • Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel, 1/20 10:30-11:00 a.m.) 1.053 million viewers, 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

      Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr., 1/20 12:30-12:55 p.m.) 552,000 viewers, 0.1 adults 18-49 rating

      Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr., 1/20 12:55-1:20 p.m.) 563,000 viewers, 0.1 adults 18-49 rating

      Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr., 1/20 10:30-10:55 p.m.) 567,000 viewers, 0.1 adults 18-49 rating

  3. The more I see Mike & Molly’s numbers, the more I think it had to be Melissa McCarthy wanting to leave the show rather than CBS actually cancelling it.

    • Henry Danger (Nickelodeon, 1/20 6:00-6:30 p.m.) 1.593 million viewers, 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

      Thundermans (Nickelodeon, 1/20 6:30-7:00 p.m.) 1.541 million viewers, 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

        • Thundermans (Nickelodeon, 1/20 7:30-8:00 p.m.) 1.062 million viewers, 0.2 adults 18-49 rating

          Rufus (Nickelodeon, 1/20 8:00-9:00 p.m.) 1.300 million viewers, 0.2 adults 18-49 rating

  4. FROM NBC

    JIMMY FALLON NEARLY EQUALS THE COMBINED RATINGS OF KIMMEL & COLBERT FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 11-15 IN 18-49; GROWS VS. THE SAME WEEK LAST YEAR

    SETH MEYERS TIES COLBERT AND FINISHES WITHIN 0.01 OF FALLON, DESPITE AIRING AN HOUR LATER

    VERSUS THE YEAR-AGO WEEK, MEYERS IS UP +22% IN 18-49 AND CARSON DALY GROWS BY +30%

    Late-Night Results for Week 17:

    · “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the late-night ratings week of Jan. 11-15, nearly equaling the combined ratings of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in adults 18-49.

    · For the week, Fallon’s 0.98 rating finished within 0.03 of a point of the combined 1.01 for Kimmel (0.51) and Colbert (0.50). NoteTuesday results for Colbert and Kimmel are excluded due to a delay for State of the Union coverage, and Kimmel aired an encore on Friday.

    · Versus the same week last year, Fallon grew in adults 18-49 (0.98 vs. 0.96) and total viewers (3.600 million vs. 3.571 million).

    · At 12:35 a.m. ET for the week, NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.50 in 18-49) tied Colbert and pulled within 0.01 of a point of Kimmel, though “Late Night” starts an hour later than both Colbert and Kimmel.

    · Versus the same week last year, Meyers was up +22% in 18-49 (0.50 vs. 0.41) and +17% in total viewers (1.668 million vs. 1.428 million).

    · At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s rebroadcasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated gains versus the year-ago week of +30% in 18-49 (0.30 vs. 0.23) and +19% in total viewers (931,000 vs. 783,000). The 18-49 and total-viewer averages are Daly’s highest in six weeks(since a 0.32 in 18-49 and 956,000 viewers overall for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    WEEK 17

    Show…18-49…total viewers

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

    Tonight…0.98/5…3.600 million

    Late Sh *…0.50/2…2.341 million

    Kimmel *…051/2…2.189 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.

    Nightline…0.37/2…1.490 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.

    Seth Meyers *…0.50/3…1.668 million

    Late Late Show *…0.29/2…1.187 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

    Carson Daly (R)…0.30/3…0.931 million

    * Tuesday’s “Late Show,” “Kimmel” and “Late Late Show” were delayed due to State of the Union coverage and are excluded. Friday’s“Kimmel,” “Late Night” and “Late Late Show” were encores.

    SEASON AVERAGES

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

    Tonight…1.08/5…3.865 million

    Late Sh…0.71/4…2.971 million

    Kimmel…0.58/3…2.456 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.

    Nightline…0.38/2…1.579 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.

    Seth Meyers…0.50/3…1.647 million

    Late Late Show…0.34/2…1.250 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

    Carson Daly…0.30/2…0.915 million

    Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

  5. I think there is something wrong with the Arrow numbers? Thanks for all these details @SonOfTheBronx:disqus