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Wednesday Final Nationals: Fox Dominates the Night with ‘American Idol’ and ‘Empire’

The combination of the penultimate episode of “American Idol” and hit serial “Empire” made Fox the clear winner on Wednesday night. It led all networks among total viewers (10.52 million) and all key demos: adults 18-49 (3.2 rating/11 share), adults 18-34 (2.6/11) and adults 25-54 (4.0/12).

It was the most-watched telecast for “American Idol” based on live plus same day viewers since Jan. 13. Its series finale (for now, that is) is set for Apr. 7.

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Programming Insider Wednesday, April 6, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.6/6 5725 1.0/4 1.5/5 2.0/6
8:00 The Middle 4.4/8 7041 1.1/5 1.7/7 2.4/7
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.8/6 6168 1.1/5 1.8/6 2.3/7
9:00 Modern Family 4.6/8 7513 1.6/7 2.3/8 3.0/8
9:31 black-ish 3.4/6 5481 0.9/4 1.6/5 2.1/6
10:00 Nashville 2.8/5 4039 0.6/2 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 4.8/8 7800 0.7/3 1.5/5 2.1/6
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.3/9 8983 1.0/5 1.9/7 2.8/9
9:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (s) 4.6/8 7443 0.5/2 1.2/4 1.8/5
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 4.5/8 6975 0.6/3 1.2/4 1.7/5
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 3877 0.5/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
8:00 Heartbeat 2.6/5 3902 0.4/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (r) 2.6/4 3787 0.5/2 0.8/2 1.0/3
10:00 Chicago P.D. (r) 2.6/5 3943 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 6.5/11 10518 2.6/11 3.2/11 4.0/12
8:00 American Idol (s) 6.0/10 9700 1.5/7 2.2/8 3.1/9
9:00 Empire 6.9/12 11336 3.7/15 4.3/14 4.9/14
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.2/2 1995 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.8/2
8:00 Arrow 1.4/2 2239 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
9:00 Supernatural 1.0/2 1750 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2144 0.8/3
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/2 1539 0.6/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.1/2 2065 0.8/3
9:00 Pasion y Poder 1.3/2 2434 0.9/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1906 0.7/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 4/06/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.8/7
Men 18-34: 1.3/6
Women 18-49: 2.7/8
Men 18-49: 1.9/7

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.0/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
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: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.4/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS, 9pm)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.5/4
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS, 10pm)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Heartbeat” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 2.0/9
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.8/10
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 5.0/19
Men 18-34: 2.4/11
Women 18-49: 5.6/17
Men 18-49: 2.9/11

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

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

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.19
Men 18-34: 0.31
Women 18-49: 0.25
Men 18-49: 0.38

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.22
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.41
Men 18-49: 0.27

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 4/06/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, April 6:


  1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 2.779 million viewers (0.19 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.260 (0.80)

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.222 (0.83)

  4. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.123 (0.20)

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): 2.089 (0.79)
  6. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.014 (0.96)

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 1.986 (0.62)

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 1.846 (0.62)

  9. “American Pickers” (History, 9:00-10:00 p.m.): 1.739 (0.34)

  10. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.688 (0.76)
  11. “NCIS” (USA, 8-9 p.m.): 1.643 (0.30)

  12. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 1.636 (0.22)

  13. “Pawn Stars: Best of” (History, 10-10:32 p.m.): 1.565 (0.39)

  14. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9-10 p.m.): 1.560 (0.39)

  15. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 10-11 p.m.): 1.536 (0.39)
  16. “NCIS” (USA, 9-10 p.m.): 1.491 (0.27)

  17. “NCIS” (USA, 10-11 p.m.): 1.469 (0.29)

  18. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): 1.467 (0.59)

  19. NBA Basketball: Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks” (ESPN, 9:35 p.m.-12:07 a.m., 0.99 household rating): 1.457 million viewers (0.62 adults 18-49 rating)

  20. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 8-9 p.m.): 1.413 (0.38)


  • “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 9-10 p.m.): 1.407 (0.39)

  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.299 (0.19)

  • “Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo, 9-10 p.m.): 1.245 (0.44)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life: Where Are They Now?” (TLC, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.169 (0.35)

  • “Little Women L.A.” (Lifetime, 9-10:02 p.m.): 1.063 (0.40)

  • NBA Basketball: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers” (ESPN, 6:59-9:35 p.m., 0.70 household rating): 1.039 million viewers (0.41 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “The Americans” (FX, 10-11:06 p.m.): 1.037 (0.32)

  • “Little Women: Terra’s Little Family” (Lifetime, 10:02-10:32 p.m.): 0.985 (0.32)

  • “Underground” (WGN America, 10-10:59 p.m.): 0.978 (0.34)

  • “Little Women: Terra’s Little Family” (Lifetime, 10:32-11:02 p.m.): 0.976 (0.30)

  • “Fear Thy Neighbor” (ID, 10-11 p.m.): 0.972 (0.28)

  • “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV, 10:00-11:01 p.m.): 0.933 (0.54)

  • “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.909 (0.31)

  • “Two in a Million” (TLC, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 0.905 (0.26)

  • “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8-9 p.m.): 0.846 (0.17)

  • “CNN Tonight” (CNN, 9-10 p.m.): 0.835 (0.17)

  • “Web of Lies” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 0.828 (0.22)

  • “Face Off” (Syfy, 9-10 p.m.): 0.817 (0.28)

  • NHL Hockey: Philadelphia Flyers @ Detroit Red Wings” (NBCSN, 8:03-10:58 p.m., 0.53 household rating): 0.816 million viewers (0.31 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life-Super Sized” (TLC, 8-9 p.m.): 0.799 (0.26)

  • “Restaurant Impossible” (Food Network, 10-11 p.m.): 0.761 (0.22)

  • “Family Therapy” (VH1, 9-10 p.m.): 0.670 (0.34)

  • “Wahlburgers” (A&E, 9-10:01 p.m.): 0.643 (0.25)

  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (truTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.599 (0.20)

  • “Baby Daddy” (Freeform, 8:30-9 p.m.): 0.592 (0.28)

  • “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.591 (0.34)

  • “Donny Loves Jenny” (A&E, 10:01-10:31 p.m.): 0.574 (0.22)

  • “Young & Hungry” (Freeform, 8-8:30 p.m.): 0.538 (0.27)

  • “Donny Loves Jenny” (A&E, 10:31-11:02 p.m.): 0.524 (0.18)

  • “My Crazy Ex” (LMN, 9-10 p.m.): 0.457 (0.18)

  • MLB Wednesday Night: Chicago White Sox @ Oakland Athletics” (ESPN2, 10:00 p.m., 0.30 household rating): 0.451 million viewers (0.17 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “The Internet Ruined My Life” (Syfy, 10-11 p.m.): 0.379 (0.16)


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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