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Wednesday Final Nationals: Fox Leads with ‘American Idol’ Season Premiere

Disappointing Results for 'People's Choice Awards' for CBS

Although it dipped slightly from its year-ago premiere (down -3 percent in viewers, -6 percent in adults 18-49), the 15th (and final) season premiere of Fox’s “American Idol” was the top program of the night among total viewers and key demos, giving the network a definitive victory on Wednesday night in the midst of all original programming on the other Big 4 networks.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6440 1.3/5 1.9/6 2.4/7
8:00 The Middle 4.6/8 7839 1.5/6 2.1/7 2.7/8
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.9/6 6612 1.4/6 2.1/7 2.6/7
9:00 Modern Family 5.0/8 8351 2.1/8 2.8/9 3.4/9
9:31 black-ish 3.8/6 6292 1.4/5 2.1/6 2.6/7
10:00 American Crime (p) 3.2/6 4740 0.8/3 1.2/4 1.6/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6191 1.0/4 1.4/5 1.9/5
8:00 2 Broke Girls 3.9/6 6290 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.3/7
8:30 Mike & Molly (p) 4.1/7 6725 0.8/3 1.6/5 2.3/6
9:00 People’s Choice Awards (s) 3.9/7 6033 1.0/4 1.3/4 1.7/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.0/9 7808 1.0/4 1.6/5 2.1/6
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura 4.4/7 6841 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.5/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 5.1/8 7838 1.2/5 1.8/6 2.3/6
10:00 Chicago P.D. 5.6/10 8746 1.2/5 1.9/6 2.5/7
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 6.5/11 10964 2.1/8 3.0/10 3.9/11
8:00 American Idol (p) 6.5/11 10964 2.1/8 0.6/2 3.9/11
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1006 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 0.7/1 1079 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 0.6/1 933 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2400 0.9/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.2/2 2262 0.8/3
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.1/2 2140 0.8/3
9:00 Pasion y Poder 1.3/2 2491 0.9/3
10:03 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2 2574 0.9/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 1/06/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.7/7
Men 18-34: 1.2/5
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.7/6

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.7/6
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.4/7
Men 18-49: 1.8/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 2.4/9
Men 18-34: 1.7/8
Women 18-49: 3.1/9
Men 18-49: 2.4/8

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.7/6
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.4/7
Men 18-49: 1.7/6

American Crime” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.3/4

People’s Choice Awards” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/3

The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.3/4

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.4/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 2.7/10
Men 18-34: 1.5/7
Women 18-49: 3.6/11
Men 18-49: 2.3/8

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 1/06/16
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, January 6:


  1. “Alaskan Bush People” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 3.845 million

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.087

  3. “Alaskan Bush People” (Discovery, 10:01 p.m.): 2.973

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.696

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.577
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.552

  7. “American Pickers” (History, 9 p.m.): 2.532

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.459

  9. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.396

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.325
  11. “Pawn Stars” (History, 10 p.m.): 2.137

  12. “Pawn Stars” (History, 10:31 p.m.): 2.028

  13. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.876

  14. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.870

  15. “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX, 10 p.m.): 1.836
  16. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.788

  17. “American Pickers” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.766

  18. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.): 1.742

  19. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.732

  20. “NCIS” (USA, 7:30 p.m.): 1.723


  • “NBA Basketball: Memphis @ Oklahoma City” (ESPN, 9:35 p.m.-12:36 a.m., 0.94 household rating): 1.455

  • “The Challenge: Bloodlines” (MTV, 10 p.m.): 0.761

  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10 p.m.): 0.716

  • “NHL Hockey: Pittsburgh @ Chicago” (NBCSN, 8:03-10:42 p.m., 0.41 household rating): 0.655

  • “Man Seeking Woman” (FXX, 10:31 p.m.): 0.280


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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