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Wednesday Final Nationals: CW Delivers Its Best Wednesday Night in Twelve Months, ‘Empire’ Rises with Fall Finale

Without the presence of NBC’s dramas on the night (“The Mysteries of Laura”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Chicago P.D.”), dramas “Criminal Minds(Women 18-34: 1.1/4; Men 18-34: 0.6/3; Women 18-49: 2.0/6; Men 18-49: 1.1/3) and “Code Black(Women 18-34: 1.2/4; Men 18-34: 0.8/3; Women 18-49: 1.8/6; Men 18-49: 1.1/4) each got enough of a boost to lift CBS to become the most-watched network on Wednesday with an average of 8.89 million total viewers. Fox was the key demos leader, thanks to the midseason finale of “Empire(Women 18-34: 5.0/17; Men 18-34: 3.1/13; Women 18-49: 5.6/16; Men 18-49: 3.5/11) which drew its best live-plus-same-day telecast in six weeks (Oct. 21, 2015).

On the CW, the conclusion of the two-part “Flash”/“Arrow” crossover lifted “Arrow(Women 18-34: 0.8/3; Men 18-34: 1.4/6; Women 18-49: 1.1/3; Men 18-49: 1.7/6) to its most-watched, highest-rated episode in adults 18-49 since last season’s “Flash”/“Arrow” crossover (Dec. 3, 2014), and its best adults 18-34 rating since Mar. 25, 2015.

Supernatural(Women 18-34: 0.6/2; Men 18-34: 0.8/3; Women 18-49: 0.8/2; Men 18-49: 0.9/3) also saw a boost on the night, having its most-watched episode since Feb. 3, 2015, and it was the most-watched CW show in the Wednesday 9-10 p.m. time period in more than a year (Nov. 26, 2014).

For the night, it was CW’s most watched Wednesday since last season’s “Arrow” crossover (Dec. 3, 2014).

The night’s other original offerings were, as follows:

ABC’s “The Middle(Women 18-34: 1.6/6; Men 18-34: 0.9/4; Women 18-49: 2.5/8; Men 18-49: 1.6/6)

ABC’s “The Goldbergs(Women 18-34: 1.5/6; Men 18-34: 1.1/5; Women 18-49: 2.4/7; Men 18-49: 1.7/6)

ABC’s “Modern Family(Women 18-34: 2.0/7; Men 18-34: 1.4/6; Women 18-49: 2.9/8; Men 18-49: 1.9/6)

ABC’s “black-ish(Women 18-34: 1.2/4; Men 18-34: 0.9/4; Women 18-49: 1.9/5; Men 18-49: 1.3/4)

ABC’s “Nashville(Women 18-34: 0.9/3; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.2/4; Men 18-49: 0.6/2)

CBS’s “Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance(Women 18-34: 1.6/6; Men 18-34: 0.8/4; Women 18-49: 2.5/8; Men 18-49: 1.7/6)

NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center(Women 18-34: 1.1/4; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.9/6; Men 18-49: 1.2/4)

NBC’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas(Women 18-34: 0.9/3; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.8/5; Men 18-49: 1.1/4)

NBC’s “SNL Christmas(Women 18-34: 0.9/3; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.6/5; Men 18-49: 1.3/4)

Fox’s “Rosewood(Women 18-34: 1.5/6; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.9/6; Men 18-49: 1.0/4)

FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel(Women 18-34: 1.60; Men 18-34: 0.88; Women 18-49: 1.42; Men 18-49: 0.99)

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.6/6 5883 1.1/4 1.7/5 2.1/6
8:00 The Middle 4.5/7 7637 1.3/5 2.0/7 2.7/8
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.8/6 6458 1.3/5 2.0/7 2.6/7
9:00 Modern Family 4.4/7 7350 1.7/6 2.4/7 3.0/8
9:31 black-ish 3.3/5 5446 1.0/4 1.6/5 2.1/5
10:00 Nashville 2.9/5 4172 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/3
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.6/9 8890 1.0/4 1.7/5 2.5/7
8:00 Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance 5.6/9 9422 1.2/5 2.1/7 3.1/9
9:00 Criminal Minds 5.6/9 8752 0.9/3 1.6/5 2.3/6
10:00 Code Black 5.5/10 8495 1.0/4 1.5/5 2.1/6
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.6/6 5833 0.9/3 1.5/5 1.9/5
8:00 Christmas in Rockefeller Center (s) 5.1/8 8071 0.9/4 1.5/5 2.0/6
9:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (r) 3.3/5 5604 0.8/3 1.5/4 2.0/5
9:30 SNL Christmas (r) 2.7/5 4417 0.8/3 1.4/5 1.8/5
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 5.1/8 8428 2.6/10 3.0/9 3.4/9
8:00 Rosewood 3.3/5 5043 1.1/5 1.5/5 1.8/5
9:00 Empire 6.9/11 11812 4.0/15 4.5/14 5.0/13
CW PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.4/3 2858 0.7/4 0.9/4 1.0/3
8:00 Arrow 2.2/4 3664 1.1/4 1.4/5 1.5/4
9:00 Supernatural 1.2/2 1997 0.7/3 0.9/3 0.9/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2169 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.0/2 1772 0.6/2
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 1944 0.7/2
9:01 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2325 0.9/3
10:04 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2 2240 0.8/3

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 12/02/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, December 2:


  1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 5.921 million

  2. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 5.040

  3. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8 p.m.): 4.559

  4. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 4.346

  5. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8 p.m.): 3.615

  6. “CNN Tonight” (CNN, 10 p.m.): 3.022

  7. “Alaskan Bush People” (Discovery, 8 p.m.): 3.015

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.612

  9. Movie: “The Santa Clause” (1994) (ABC Family, 8:45 p.m.): 2.601

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.563

  11. Movie: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) (ABC Family, 6 p.m.): 2.456

  12. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.424

  13. “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX, 10 p.m.): 2.310

  14. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.241

  15. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.088

  16. “Property Bros. Home on the Ranch” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.965

  17. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.821

  18. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.738

  19. “College Basketball: Indiana vs. Duke” (ESPN, 9:23-11:17 p.m., 1.03 household rating): 1.733

  20. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.703

  21. “American Pickers: Best Of” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.623


  • “College Basketball: Louisville vs. Michigan State” (ESPN, 7:15-9:23 p.m., 0.87 household rating): 1.353

  • “College Basketball: Wisconsin vs. Syracuse” (ESPN2, 7:15-9:24 p.m., 0.38 household rating): 0.571

  • “NHL Hockey: N.Y. Rangers @ N.Y. Islanders” (NBCSN, 8:03-10:52 p.m., 0.38 household rating): 0.550

  • “NBA Basketball: Indiana @ L.A. Clippers” (NBA TV, 10:41 p.m.-1:23 a.m., 0.23 household rating): 0.349


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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