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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Survivor’ Tops Timeslot Despite its Least-Watched Season Premiere Yet

Like last Wednesday, it was a multi-network share of bragging rights on this Wednesday night but it was CBS (not NBC) who were top dog among total viewers (6.96 million). The Eye network was led by the 32nd season premiere of “Survivor” entitled “Survivor: Kaoh Rong.” As positives, it was television’s most-watched telecast from 8-9:30 p.m. and it outdrew Fox’s “American Idol” head-to-head in the 8-9 p.m. hour in total viewers (8.47 million vs. 8.21 million).

But as negatives for “Survivor”, “American Idol” won 8-9 p.m. among adults 18-49 (2.0 rating vs. ~1.95) and it drew the least watched season premiere to-date in its 16+ year series run.

As for the aforementioned Fox, the network won among adults 18-34 (1.1 rating/5 share) and adults 25-54 (2.2/6) as well as tying ABC for the lead among adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating, although ABC won the edge over Fox in adults 18-49 share (5.5 vs. 5.4).

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Programming Insider Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.5/6 5552 1.0/4 1.6/6 2.1/6
8:00 The Middle 4.5/8 7285 1.2/5 1.9/7 2.5/7
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.9/6 6389 1.2/5 2.0/7 2.5/7
9:00 Modern Family 4.6/8 7480 1.6/7 2.4/8 3.2/9
9:31 black-ish 3.6/6 5736 1.2/5 1.8/6 2.4/6
10:00 American Crime 2.1/4 3183 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 4.3/7 6963 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.1/6
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.0/8 8297 1.1/5 1.9/6 2.7/8
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (r) 3.1/5 4799 0.5/2 1.0/3 1.5/4
10:00 Code Black 4.0/7 6043 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.5/5
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.7/8 7171 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura 4.2/7 6329 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 5.1/9 7732 1.0/4 1.7/5 2.1/6
10:00 Chicago P.D. 4.8/9 7451 1.0/4 1.6/6 2.0/6
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 3.8/6 6136 1.1/5 1.6/5 2.2/6
8:00 American Idol 5.1/9 8228 1.3/6 2.0/7 2.7/8
9:01 Hell’s Kitchen 2.5/4 3973 0.9/4 1.2/4 1.6/4
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.4/2 2212 0.7/3 0.8/3 1.0/3
8:00 Arrow 1.5/3 2444 0.8/3 0.9/3 1.0/3
9:00 Supernatural 1.2/2 1980 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1911 0.7/2
5:00 Papa Francisco Oracion (s) 1.1/2 1875 0.6/4
8:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.2/2 2119 0.8/3
9:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 1816 0.6/2
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.0/2 1797 0.7/2

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 2/17/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.3/7
Men 18-49: 1.7/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.9/7
Men 18-34: 1.3/6
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 2.0/7

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

American Crime” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/7
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Code Black” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/3

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 0.8/2
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Supernatural” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Suits” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.47
Men 18-34: 0.38
Women 18-49: 0.50
Men 18-49: 0.42

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 2/17/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, February 17:


  1. College Basketball: Duke @ North Carolina” (ESPN, 9:07-11:06 p.m., 1.83 household rating): 2.863 million (1.13 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “American Pickers” (History, 9-10 p.m.): 2.810 (0.58)

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.560 (0.92)

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.492 (0.93)

  5. “GOP Town Hall-South Carolina” (CNN, 8:15-11:00 p.m., 1.50 household rating): 2.362 million (0.52 adults 18-49 rating)
  6. “The O’Reilly Factor Special” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 2.321 (0.22)

  7. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.312 (0.26)

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 2.265 (0.81)

  9. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): 2.232 (0.81)

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 2.133 (0.81)
  11. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9-10 p.m.): 2.012 (0.49)

  12. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.958 (0.44)

  13. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.934 (0.89)

  14. “Pawn Stars” (History, 10-10:32 p.m.): 1.880 (0.47)

  15. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.810 (0.84)
  16. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): 1.792 (0.68)

  17. “American Pickers” (History, 8-9 p.m.): 1.764 (0.36)

  18. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 1.714 (0.22)

  19. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8-8:15 p.m.): 1.706 (0.34)

  20. “NCIS” (USA, 9-10 p.m.): 1.592 (0.25)


  • “Suits” (USA, 10-11:01 p.m.): 1.578 (0.46)

  • “Republican Town Hall” (MSNBC, 8-9 p.m., 0.95 household rating): 1.432 (0.21)

  • “Little Women Atlanta” (Lifetime, 10:02-11:02 p.m.): 1.392 (0.57)

  • “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 9:30-10:01 p.m.): 1.345 (0.45)

  • “Little Women L.A.” (Lifetime, 9-10:02 p.m.): 1.333 (0.55)

  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.311 (0.19)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life” (TLC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.238 (0.42)

  • “Mob Wives” (VH1, 8-9 p.m.): 1.220 (0.62)

  • College Basketball: Syracuse @ Louisville” (ESPN, 7:00-9:07 p.m., 0.77 household rating): 1.189 million (0.42 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Evil Stepmothers” (ID, 10-11 p.m.): 1.133 (0.34)

  • “Jep & Jessica” (A&E, 10:01-10:32 p.m.): 1.099 (0.36)

  • “Web of Lies” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 0.995 (0.29)

  • “Dual Survival” (Discovery, 9-10:01 p.m.): 0.990 (0.38)

  • “Skin Tight” (TLC, 10-11:03 p.m.): 0.955 (0.31)

  • “The Challenge: Bloodlines” (MTV, 10-11:02 p.m.): 0.889 (0.54)

  • “Face Off” (Syfy, 9-10 p.m.): 0.860 (0.28)

  • “Venom Brothers” (Discovery, 10:01-11:04 p.m.): 0.839 (0.30)

  • “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.772 (0.46)

  • NHL Hockey: Chicago @ N.Y. Rangers” (NBCSN, 8:03-10:42 p.m., 0.49 household rating): 0.769 million (0.24 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Younger” (TV Land, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.616 (0.20)

  • “Baby Daddy” (Freeform, 8:30-9 p.m.): 0.606 (0.27)

  • “Expedition Unknown” (Travel, 9-10 p.m.): 0.588 (0.19)

  • “Young & Hungry” (Freeform, 8-8:30 p.m.): 0.569 (0.27)

  • “Criminals at Work” (BET, 9-10 p.m.): 0.549 (0.22)

  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10-10:31 p.m.): 0.531 (0.32)

  • “Newlyweds: The First Year” (Bravo, 10-11 p.m.): 0.492 (0.20)


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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