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CBS Tops Final Wednesday Overnights in January

Critically Acclaimed 'American Crime' Continues to Struggle on ABC

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2016
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Rating/Share
CBS: 5.1 rating/8 share, Fox: 4.9/ 8, NBC: 3.2/ 5, ABC: 2.9/ 5, CW: 1.6/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +23, CW: no change, ABC: – 3, CBS: -14, Fox: -38

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS took top-rated Wednesday overnight honors care of its combination of “2 Broke Girls” (#2: 4.3 rating/7 share at 8 p.m.), soon-to-conclude “Mike & Molly” (#2: 4.5/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.), “Criminal Minds” (#1: 6.0/ 10 at 9 p.m.) and freshman drama “Code Black” (#1: 4.9/ 9 at 10 p.m.). With 82 percent overnight retention out of “Criminal Minds,” “Code Black” is definitely in contention for a second season renewal.

Keep in mind that NBC was in all repeats last night with its drama line-up of “The Mysteries of Laura” (#3: 3.4/ 5), “Law & Order: SVU” (#2t: 3.1/ 5) and “Chicago PD” (#2t: 3.1/ 5). ABC was in encores from 8-10 p.m. as well care of sitcoms “The Middle” (#4: 3.3/ 7), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 2.7/ 4), “Modern Family” (#2: 3.4/ 5) and “black-ish” (#3t, 2.8/ 5). And that did not bode well for struggling sophomore “American Crime” at 10 p.m., which dipped to third at a 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m. Quality, unfortunately, is not always synonymous with mass audience interest.

Top-rated for the evening was this final season of “American Idol” on Fox, which at a 6.7/11 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. hour was 15 percent below the 7.9/12 on the year-ago evening. Next on Fox was tired “Hell’s Kitchen” which dipped to a fourth-place 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.

The CW capped off the night with the pairing of dramas “Arrow” (#5: 1.9/ 5) and veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2), which were both on par from one week earlier.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. ABC will be patient with American Crime. No, it is not a ratings barn-burner, but I think the demographic is probably quite appealing, and the acclaim for the series is significant – which broadcast television is lacking right now. The second season is getting even more critical recognition than season 1. It is also not an out-and-out ratings flop like the well-reviewed Hannibal. Considering it is not too far off last year, when it had a huge lead-in with Scandal at it’s historic highest levels, I actually think ABC may actually renew it again for next year. They want to keep working with John Ridley.

  2. LATE NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS FROM NBC

    JIMMY FALLON DOMINATES THE WEEK OF JAN. 18-22 IN ALL KEY MEASURES; GROWS VS. THE SAME WEEK LAST YEAR IN 18-49

    SETH MEYERS EQUALS AN 8-WEEK HIGH, OUTRATES KIMMEL DESPITE AIRING AN HOUR LATER

    FALLON AND MEYERS BOTH GRAB THEIR HIGHEST FRIDAY RESULTS IN 11 MONTHS

    VERSUS THE YEAR-AGO WEEK, MEYERS IS UP +27% IN 18-49 AND CARSON DALY GROWS BY +43%

    Late-Night Results for Week 18:

    • “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the late-night ratings week of Jan. 18-22 in every key measure versus CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in adults 18-49.

    • Pacing “Tonight’s” week was a strong Friday telecast as the East Coast was hit by winter storm Jonas. That edition, featuring Jeff Daniels, Lilly Singh and musical guest St. Lucia, earned a 1.21 rating in adults 18-49, “Tonight’s” best Friday figure in 11 months (since Feb. 20, 2015, 1.51, the night of an “SNL 40” encore in primetime).

    • At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” also hit an 11-month high for a Friday telecast, with that night’s encore (guests Rashida Jones, Khloe Kardashian and Rachel Bloom) earning a 0.62 in adults 18-49 (best for a Friday since another 0.62 on Feb. 20, 2015). The last time a Friday “Late Night” topped last week’s 0.62 was Nov. 7, 2014 (0.64 with a rebroadcast featuring Eva Longoria, Rob Riggle and musical guest Hozier).

    • For the week, Fallon’s 1.03 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.705 million viewers overall were five-week highs, best since the week of the “Voice” finale, Dec. 14-18 (1.07 in1 8-49, 3.930 million viewers).

    • Versus the same week last year, Fallon grew +6% in adults 18-49 (1.03 vs. 0.97) and +4% in total viewers (3.705 million vs. 3.571 million).

    • At 12:35 a.m. ET for the week, “Late Night” (0.52 in 18-49) outrated ABC’s Kimmel (0.49), though “Late Night” starts an hour later. The 0.52 matches an eight-week high for “Late Night,” equaling its best since the week of Nov. 23-27 (0.62).

    • Versus the same week last year, Meyers was up +27% in 18-49 (0.52 vs. 0.41) and +21% in total viewers (1.717 million vs. 1.422 million).

    • At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s rebroadcasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated gains versus the year-ago week of +43% in 18-49 (0.32 vs. 0.24) and +29% in total viewers (974,000 vs. 757,000). The 18-49 rating of a 0.32 is Daly’s highest in seven weeks (since a 0.32 in 18-49 for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and the 974,000 viewers is an eight-week high (since an average of 1.084 million for the week of Nov. 23-27).

    WEEK 17

    Show…18-49…total viewers

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.
    Tonight…1.03/5…3.705 million
    Late Sh…0.59/3…2.676 million
    Kimmel *…0.49/2…2.169 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.
    Nightline…0.33/2…1.480 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.
    Seth Meyers *…0.52/3…1.717 million
    Late Late Show *…0.33/2…1.287 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.
    Carson Daly (R)…0.32/3…0.974 million

    * Friday’s “Kimmel,” “Late Night” and “Late Late Show” were rebroadcasts. A Monday “Late Late Show” encore was re-titled and is excluded.

    SEASON AVERAGES

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.
    Tonight…1.09/5…3.883 million
    Late Sh…0.71/4…2.980 million
    Kimmel…0.57/3…2.446 million

    12:35-1:05 a.m.
    Nightline…0.38/2…1.575 million

    12:35-1:35 a.m.
    Seth Meyers…0.50/3…1.654 million
    Late Late Show…0.34/2…1.255 million

    1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.
    Carson Daly…0.30/3…0.919 million

    Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”