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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Empire’ Reigns in Return with Best Marks Since October for Fox

Fox reigned by far on Wednesday night with total viewers (8.83 million) and all key demos: adults 18-49 (3.1 rating/11 share), adults 18-34 (2.6/11) and adults 25-54 (3.6/10).

While most series this midseason have faltered in returning from multi-month hiatuses, Fox’s “Empire” has been an anomaly. Despite being away from TV screens for nearly four months, its return telecast delivered the most viewers for the series since Oct. 7, 2015 and tied for its best adults 18-49 delivery since Oct. 21, 2015.

The return of “Empire” also benefited its lead-in “Rosewood” which drew its best telecast in live+same day total viewership since Oct. 21, 2015.

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Programming Insider Wednesday, March 30, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.9/5 4383 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 The Middle (r) 3.5/6 5357 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.6/5
8:30 The Goldbergs (r) 3.0/5 4604 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.6/5
9:00 Modern Family (r) 3.0/5 4739 0.7/3 1.3/4 1.7/5
9:31 black-ish (r) 2.5/4 3892 0.6/2 1.1/3 1.4/4
10:00 Nashville 2.7/5 3838 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/3
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.2/9 8464 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.5/9 9159 1.2/6 2.0/7 2.9/9
9:00 Criminal Minds 5.7/10 9165 1.1/4 1.8/6 2.6/7
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 4.4/8 7068 0.7/3 1.3/4 2.8/5
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.9/7 5869 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.6/5
8:00 Heartbeat 3.2/5 4751 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 4.0/7 6067 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
10:00 Chicago P.D. 4.5/8 6789 0.9/4 1.5/5 1.9/6
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 5.4/9 8826 2.6/11 3.1/11 3.6/10
8:00 Rosewood 3.4/6 5198 1.1/5 1.4/5 1.8/5
9:00 Empire 7.4/12 12455 4.2/17 4.8/15 5.3/14
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.2/2 1895 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
8:00 Arrow 1.4/2 2339 0.7/3 0.9/3 0.9/3
9:00 Supernatural 0.9/2 1451 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 2023 0.8/3
7:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.1/2 2028 0.7/3
8:00 Sueño de Amor 0.9/2 1763 0.7/2
9:00 Pasion y Poder 1.3/2 2364 0.9/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1919 0.7/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 3/23/16

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.3/7
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Heartbeat” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/3

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 5.6/21
Men 18-34: 2.8/13
Women 18-49: 6.3/19
Men 18-49: 3.3/11

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Supernatural” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/1
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.25
Women 18-49: 0.19
Men 18-49: 0.30

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.21
Men 18-34: 0.10
Women 18-49: 0.36
Men 18-49: 0.22

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 03/30/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (ranked by network) for Wednesday, March 30:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
73 WAHLBURGERS A&E 9:00 PM 30 699 0.3
81 WAHLBURGERS A&E 9:30 PM 31 666 0.3
58 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 834 0.3
45 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 950 0.4
32 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1185 0.5
28 THE CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1310 0.6
15 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1746 0.8
10 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1947 0.9
94 NORTH WOODS LAW APL 9:01 PM 61 613 0.1
93 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:58 PM 31 614 0.3
97 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:29 PM 31 609 0.4
86 BROAD CITY CMDY 10:00 PM 30 631 0.4
92 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 615 0.2
41 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 994 0.2
42 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 970 0.2
40 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1025 0.2
100 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 8:00 PM 60 591 0.2
23 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 9:00 PM 61 1464 0.4
56 SURVIVORMAN DISC 10:01 PM 60 842 0.3
57 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 838 0.2
65 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:30 PM 25 790 0.2
69 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:00 PM 25 756 0.2
66 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:30 PM 25 777 0.2
82 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 10:00 PM 25 664 0.2
83 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 10:30 PM 25 646 0.1
18 HORTON HEARS A WHO DSNY 8:00 PM 90 1626 0.4
31 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 9:30 PM 30 1189 0.2
26 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1350 0.2
24 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1455 0.3
77 STAR WARS REBELS DXD 9:00 PM 60 688 0.2
91 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: All-American Game (0.41 HH) ESPN 9:00 PM 116 616 0.3
78 SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:56 PM 64 685 0.3
51 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 30 892 0.3
46 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 30 943 0.3
53 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 30 874 0.3
55 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 30 851 0.3
38 RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 60 1064 0.3
3 THE O’REILLY FACTOR SPECIAL FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2421 0.2
7 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2261 0.2
11 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 1921 0.2
44 FX MOVIE PRIME: World War Z FX 7:29 PM 151 960 0.4
61 THE AMERICANS FX 10:00 PM 62 820 0.2
89 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 623 0.2
25 PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1449 0.3
19 PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1619 0.4
14 PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1752 0.5
13 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 59 1783 0.3
9 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:01 PM 59 1984 0.3
20 PAWN STARS: BEST OF HIST 10:00 PM 32 1535 0.3
33 PAWN STARS HIST 10:32 PM 31 1184 0.3
62 20/20 ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 815 0.2
63 WEB OF LIES ID 9:00 PM 60 808 0.2
54 FEAR THY NEIGHBOR ID 10:00 PM 60 865 0.2
99 WALKER,TEXAS RANGER INSP 10:00 PM 60 602 0.1
75 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 55 696 0.2
49 LW LA: BIG TALK LIF 8:55 PM 5 901 0.3
29 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1217 0.5
39 LWLA: TERRA’S LITTLE FAMILY LIF 10:02 PM 30 1040 0.4
36 LWLA: TERRA’S LITTLE FAMILY LIF 10:32 PM 30 1137 0.4
17 REPUBLICAN TOWN HALL MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1691 0.3
16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1692 0.3
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 10:00 PM 30 1510 0.2
30 PLACE FOR POLITICS MSNBC 10:30 PM 30 1214 0.2
60 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 10:00 PM 61 822 0.5
52 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 875 0.2
59 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 827 0.2
80 LOPEZ NAN 10:00 PM 30 674 0.2
71 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 723 0.3
74 NHL REGULAR SEASON: WSH/PHI (0.43 HH) NBCSN 8:03 PM 182 697 0.3
37 SPLITTING ADAM NICK 7:00 PM 120 1077 0.2
97 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 609 0.1
95 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 612 0.2
79 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 681 0.2
69 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 756 0.2
85 SPIKE TV MOVIE: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide SPIKE 8:00 PM 180 641 0.2
43 FACE OFF SYFY 9:00 PM 60 965 0.3
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1795 0.6
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 2279 0.8
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2293 0.8
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2457 0.9
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2593 0.9
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2280 0.8
50 MY 600 TLC 8:00 PM 60 895 0.3
35 MY 600 TLC 9:00 PM 62 1144 0.4
34 MY 600 TLC 10:02 PM 60 1182 0.4
47 CASTLE TNT 8:00 PM 60 941 0.2
64 CASTLE TNT 9:00 PM 60 798 0.2
68 CASTLE TNT 10:00 PM 60 757 0.2
95 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 9:00 PM 60 612 0.2
87 THE CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 10:00 PM 30 630 0.3
88 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:00 PM 30 629 0.1
75 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:30 PM 30 696 0.1
72 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:00 PM 30 715 0.1
67 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 770 0.1
83 LOPEZ TVL 10:00 PM 30 646 0.2
8 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1987 0.3
21 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1517 0.2
27 NCIS USA 10:00 PM 60 1327 0.2
90 FAMILY THERAPY VH1 8:00 PM 60 622 0.3
48 UNDERGROUND WGNA 10:00 PM 59 915 0.3

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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