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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Empire’ on Fox Tops Prime Time Despite Dip

CBS and Fox were again victorious on this Wednesday night; CBS won in total viewers (8.56 million), Fox in all key demos: adults 18-49 (2.5 rating/9 share), adults 18-34 (2.0/9) and adults 25-54 (2.9/8).

The night’s top show overall was Fox’s “Empire” despite the series scoring its second-lowest telecast (in total viewers and adults 18-49) to-date; only the Nov. 25 pre-Thanksgiving episode drew lower.

TNT continues to perform well with its first round coverage of the “2016 NBA Playoffs”. Its doubleheader of Game 2s — Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers, then Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers — averaged 3.03 million viewers and 1.66 million adults 18-49, down a slight 7 percent in each from the year-ago playoff doubleheader on TNT (3.25 million viewers, 1.79 million adults 18-49 for Portland-Memphis and San Antonio-L.A. Clippers on Apr. 22, 2015).

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Programming Insider Wednesday, April 20, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 3951 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
8:00 The Middle (r) 3.0/5 4539 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/5
8:30 The Goldbergs (r) 2.7/5 4073 0.6/3 1.2/4 1.5/4
9:00 Modern Family (r) 2.8/5 4146 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.5/4
9:31 black-ish (r) 2.3/4 3511 0.6/2 1.0/4 1.3/4
10:00 Nashville 2.6/5 3707 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.4/9 8650 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.5/10 9266 1.2/5 2.0/7 2.9/9
9:00 Criminal Minds 5.7/10 9139 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.5/7
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 4.9/9 7546 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.9/6
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 3851 0.5/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
8:00 Heartbeat 2.7/5 3957 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (r) 2.5/4 3575 0.5/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
10:00 Chicago P.D. (r) 2.7/5 4019 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 4.5/8 7101 2.0/9 2.5/9 2.9/8
8:00 Rosewood 3.0/5 4640 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.5/5
9:00 Empire 5.9/10 9562 3.2/13 3.7/12 4.2/12
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.6/1 980 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 0.7/1 1093 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 0.6/1 868 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2043 0.7/2
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/2 1326 0.4/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.1/2 1864 0.6/2
9:01 Pasion y Poder 1.4/2 2340 0.9/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1911 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.4/1 799 0.4/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.2/0 330 0.1/1
8:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.1/0 324 0.1/1
9:00 Fútbol Central (s) 0.3/0 593 0.3/1
9:30 CONCACAF Champions League: Tigres vs. América (s) (thru 12:00am) 0.6/1 1231 0.6/2

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 4/20/16

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.7/7

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/6
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Heartbeat” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 4.3/7
Men 18-34: 2.2/10
Women 18-49: 4.8/15
Men 18-49: 2.6/9

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.15
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.22
Men 18-49: 0.23

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.30
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.41
Men 18-49: 0.25

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 4/20/16


  1. NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2: Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland Cavaliers” (TNT, 8:09-10:47 p.m., 2.20 household rating): 3.420 million viewers (1.43 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 2.822 (0.21)

  3. NBA Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Game 2: Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers” (TNT, 10:47 p.m.-1:16 a.m., 1.77 household rating): 2.621 million viewers (1.19 adults 18-49 rating)

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.616 (0.96)

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 2.443 (0.84)


  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 4: Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers” (NBCSN, 7:03-9:52 p.m., 0.34 household rating): 0.521 million viewers (0.19 adults 18-49 rating)

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 4: Florida Panthers @ New York Islanders” (USA, 8:00-10:49 p.m., 0.32 household rating): 0.493 million viewers (0.18 adults 18-49 rating)

  • NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2: Charlotte Hornets @ Miami Heat” (NBA TV, 7:00-10:40 p.m., 0.27 household rating): 0.411 million viewers (0.17 adults 18-49 rating)

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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