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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘Underground’ Draws Largest-Ever Same-Day Cume Audience for a WGN America Original

A special 2-hour best-of-auditions edition of “The Voice” powered NBC to win Wednesday — the network’s third consecutive night victory among total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. NBC also took top honors among adults 18-34 (0.9 rating/4 share). The second season premiere of NBC’s critically-acclaimed sitcom “The Carmichael Show” returned to similar figures from its summer 2015 inaugural season run.

Elsewhere on the broadcast nets: the second season of ABC’s “American Crime” concluded on a slightly positive note with its most-watched telecast in five weeks; CBS’s “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” bombed, not taking advantage of its “Survivor Kaoh Rong” lead-in, which grew yet again in total viewers to its current cycle best.

On cable, it was notable night for WGN America as its new series “Underground” — the period drama about the Underground Railroad in the 19th century — scored one of the top five cable debuts of this current year drawing 1.421 million total viewers and 497,000 adults 18-49. Its cumulative total audience of 2.463 million viewers from its original telecast plus its three reruns in late night was the largest-ever for a WGN America original. The series stars Aldis Hodge (“Leverage”), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Friday Night Lights”), and Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”).

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Programming Insider Wednesday, March 9, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.8/5 4230 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 The Middle (r) 3.1/5 4868 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.5/5
8:30 The Goldbergs (r) 2.7/4 4233 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.5/4
9:00 Modern Family (r) 3.0/5 4620 0.8/3 1.2/4 1.7/5
9:31 black-ish (r) 2.7/5 4239 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.5/4
10:00 American Crime (f) 2.5/5 3704 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 3.8/7 6035 0.7/3 1.3/4 1.8/5
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.5/9 9261 1.2/6 2.1/8 3.0/9
9:00 The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special (s) 2.0/3 2905 0.5/2 0.7/2 0.9/3
10:00 CSI: Cyber (s) 3.9/7 5939 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.4/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.6/8 7252 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.3/7
8:00 The Voice (s) 5.8/10 9179 1.1/5 2.0/7 2.8/8
10:00 The Carmichael Show (p) 2.7/5 4091 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.5/4
10:00 The Carmichael Show (r) 1.8/4 2702 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.4/4 3736 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 Rosewood 2.5/4 3717 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.3/4
9:00 Hell’s Kitchen 2.3/4 3755 0.7/3 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 0.7/1 1059 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 0.7/1 1119 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 0.6/1 999 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 1.1/2 2030 0.8/3
7:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.1/2 2066 0.7/3
8:00 Sueno de Amor 1.1/2 2076 0.8/3
9:00 Debate Democrata (s) 1.1/2 2007 0.8/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 3/09/16

American Crime” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.8/7

The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/2
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

CSI: Cyber” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.6/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/4
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Univision Democratic Presidential Debate-Florida” (CNN)
Women 18-34: 0.52
Men 18-34: 0.89
Women 18-49: 0.73
Men 18-49: 1.17

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.19
Women 18-49: 0.47
Men 18-49: 0.31

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX)
Women 18-34: 0.18
Men 18-34: 0.57
Women 18-49: 0.16
Men 18-49: 0.42

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 3/09/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, March 9:


  1. “Univision Democratic Presidential Debate-Florida” (CNN, 9:00-10:59 p.m., 2.49 household rating): 3.947 million viewers (0.94 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 3.503 (0.36)

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): 2.659 (0.92)

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.638 (1.00)

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 2.629 (0.92)
  6. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 2.618 (0.40)

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.587 (0.96)

  8. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.434 (0.30)

  9. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 2.368 (0.78)

  10. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9-10 p.m.): 2.210 (0.54)
  11. “House Hunters: Where Are They Now” (HGTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.143 (0.53)

  12. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): 2.009 (0.66)

  13. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.920 (0.86)

  14. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.876 (0.47)

  15. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.847 (0.78)
  16. “American Pickers” (History, 9-10:03 p.m.): 1.816 (0.35)

  17. “American Pickers” (History, 8-9 p.m.): 1.660 (0.31)

  18. “Anderson Cooper 360 (Donald Trump)” (CNN, 8-9 p.m.): 1.568 (0.35)

  19. NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers” (ESPN, 9:34 p.m.-12:04 a.m., 1.01 household rating): 1.534 million viewers (0.66 adults 18-49 rating)

  20. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 8-9 p.m.): 1.469 (0.35)


  • “Underground” (WGN America, 10-10:56 p.m.): 1.421 (0.39)

  • “Little Women L.A.” (Lifetime, 9-10:02 p.m.): 1.415 (0.58)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life” (TLC, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.340 (0.47)

  • “Mob Wives” (VH1, 8-9 p.m.): 1.252 (0.59)

  • “Little Women Atlanta” (Lifetime, 10:02-11:02 p.m.): 1.156 (0.49)

  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 1.149 (0.18)

  • “Web of Lies” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 1.119 (0.35)

  • “Dual Survival” (Discovery, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.079 (0.36)

  • “Evil Stepmothers” (ID, 10-11 p.m.): 1.078 (0.35)

  • “Face Off” (Syfy, 9-10 p.m.): 0.953 (0.34)

  • “Restaurant Impossible” (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.): 0.952 (0.27)

  • “Venom Hunters” (Discovery, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 0.898 (0.35)

  • NBA Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies @ Boston Celtics” (ESPN, 7:00-9:34 p.m., 0.65 household rating): 0.893 million viewers (0.35 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Jep & Jessica” (A&E, 10:01-10:31 p.m.): 0.833 (0.34)

  • “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV, 10-11:01 p.m.): 0.832 (0.46)

  • “Expedition Unknown” (Travel, 9-10 p.m.): 0.832 (0.25)

  • “Jep & Jessica” (A&E, 10:31-11:02 p.m.): 0.784 (0.30)

  • “Wahlburgers” (A&E, 9-10:01 p.m.): 0.780 (0.33)

  • “Larger Than Life” (VH1, 9-9:59 p.m.): 0.747 (0.34)

  • NHL Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues” (NBCSN, 8:03-11:04 p.m., 0.47 household rating): 0.739 million viewers (0.24 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Fat Chance” (TLC, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 0.703 (0.22)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life-Extended” (TLC, 8-9 p.m.): 0.672 (0.19)

  • “Younger” (TV Land, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.616 (0.19)

  • College Basketball: Scoreboard” (ESPN2, 9:40-10:05 p.m., 0.42 household rating): 0.601 million viewers (0.16 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.574 (0.33)

  • “Baby Daddy” (Freeform, 8:30-9 p.m.): 0.573 (0.26)

  • “Young & Hungry” (Freeform, 8-8:30 p.m.): 0.529 (0.25)

  • “The Internet Ruined My Life” (Syfy, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.469 (0.16)

  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (truTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.462 (0.15)

  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10-10:32 p.m.): 0.460 (0.29)


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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