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What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, March 16 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.22 million, ABC: 6.10, NBC: 4.29, Fox: 3.67, CW: 1.04

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.9 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.6/ 6, Fox: 1.0/ 4, NBC: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 7.11 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 9.47 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.75 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CW – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 1.21 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.65 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 9.34 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.87 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.61 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 1.10 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 8.10 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.65 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.10 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.61 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 993,000 (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 6.19 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1t)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.59 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.34 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Hell’s Kitchen
Viewers: 3.72 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 863,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville (return)
Viewers: 4.44 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.92 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago PD (R)
Viewers: 4.13 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville (return)
Viewers: 4.09 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.38 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago PD (R)
Viewers: 3.92 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    An 8 p.m. rebroadcast of “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Ties Fox’s original “Rosewood” in the time period in adult 18-49 rating (0.9 vs. 0.9) and tops it in total viewers (4.6 million vs. 3.7 million), as well as women 18-34 and all key adult-male demos.

    A regular-slot encore “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Is close to rounding up to a 1.0 (currently reporting a 0.94 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    · Versus “SVU’s” rebroadcast on the year-ago night, grows +13% in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8 on March 18, 2015).

    A rebroadcast “Chicago P.D.” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Rates within 0.1 of a point of ABC ‘s original “Nashville” in the hour in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.9) and outrates it in men 18-49 and men 25-54.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.


    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 6.1 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): ABC’s Wednesday featured the return of its comedy block to all regular originals (first time in 3 weeks) and mid-season premiere of DVR-darling Nashville (Wednesday’s top gainer this season in L+7), which was up after a 3 month break. ABC ran a strong second on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6) to CBS with its high-rated series debut of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders at 10pm, while beating Fox’s original lineup by 60% (Rosewood/Hell’s Kitchen = 1.0/4). The Network ranked #1 on the night in Adults 18-34 (tie).

    · For its 6th consecutive first-run telecast, ABC’s Modern Family (2.5/9) was Wednesday’s #1 TV show in Adults 18-49. And trailing only Survivor (2.1/8), ABC’s The Goldbergs (1.9/7) and black-ish (1.9/6) tied CBS’ Criminal Minds (1.9/7) for the #3 position on the night.

    The Middle/The Goldbergs (8-9pm – 6.9 million and 1.8/7 in AD18-49): From 8-9pm, ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs ranked a strong second to CBS’ Survivor in Adults 18-49 and doubled their scripted competition in the hour on Fox (+100% over Rosewood = 0.9/3).

    · The Middle was in line with its last original 3 weeks ago (1.7/7 vs. 1.9/7) and The Goldbergs was even with its most-recent 8:30pm airing (1.9/6 on 2/24/16).

    Modern Family/black-ish (9-10pm – 7.1 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): ABC moved up to win the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, leading by 16% over its closest competition (2.2/7 vs. 1.9/7 – CBS’ Criminal Minds).

    · At 9pm, Modern Family held steady with its last original two weeks ago in Adults 18-49 (2.5/9 vs. 2.6/9).

    · In the 9:30pm half-hour, black-ish ranked #1 in Adults 18-49 (1.9/6-tie) and held even with its last original 3 weeks ago (on 2/24/16), which tied the show’s best rating since the beginning of January – since 1/6/16 .

    Nashville (10-11pm – 4.3 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s Nashville returned with Live + Same Day gains over its winter finale (on 12/9/15) in Total Viewers (+5% – 4.3 million vs. 4.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3). TV Playback Gains: On average this season, Nashville spikes +64% among Adults 18-49 from Live + SD to Live + 3 (from a 1.1 rating to a 1.8 rating) and +82% from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.1 to a 2.0). In fact, the ABC drama is the #1 broadcast gainer on Wednesday this season in Live + 7 Day.







    At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (9.40m), A18-49 (2.1, nc) and A25-54 (3.0, nc).

    At 9:00 PM, CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (9.62m, up +3% from 9.32 for its last first-run episode on 3/2) and second in A18-49 (1.9, nc) and A25-54 (2.7). CRIMINAL MINDS was Wednesday’s #1 program in viewers.

    At 10:00 PM, the series premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS was first in viewers (8.65m), A18-49 (1.6) and A25-54 (2.3). CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS retained +90% of its viewer lead-in and +84% of its A18-49 lead-in.

    For the night, CBS was first in viewers (9.23m), A18-49 (1.9) and A25-54 (2.6).

  4. Beyond Borders did pretty well at 10PM, rating higher than Cyber. That said, BB went up against a repeat CPD and a relatively weak Nashville. Maybe is should have done better?

    • Well…. rating higher than Cyber isn’t exactly a high bar to jump over is it..?

      I thought it did fairly mediocrely, which makes sense given how mediocre the trailers looked.

      By the way, do any of you remember Steven J. Cannell’s Unsub, which was pilferaged to create Criminal Minds?

  5. CM: BB should’ve definitely done way better than that as this was a huge squandered opportunity for it with no competition in a CPD repeat and Nashville. CPD is going to eat it for lunch. I don’t see CBS finding something that can take down the Chicagos at this point unless they moved an established veteran show there.

    Nashville is slightly stronger than American Crime, ABC should probably keep it in my opinion. The comedy block seems to be aging on them a bit. Empire returns in two weeks. YIKES!

    • The Chicagos have fairly low ratings. There’s really no reason for CBS to “take then down”…

      They, and the rest, need hits, not show that do marginally better that other under-performers.

      As for Nashville, ABC has been suffering for years with its awful ratings.

      Why it wasn’t pulled after three episodes is why ABC fails repeatedly.

      • CBS hasn’t beat a Chicago show on a regular basis in 2 years so yes they need to find a way to take them down and ratings are nowhere near low maybe 10 years ago those ratings would be considered low but not these days. I know your standards are like from 1994, Rena so it’s all good but please adjust your standards to 2016. LOL!

        • Even these days those ratings ARE low. Not “considered” ARE. The fact the lineups are studded with huge flops doesn’t lower the bar to absurd levels.

          The Chicagos are low-rated (can’t do as well as an NCIS re-run!!) The fact CBS isn’t doing any better is a testament to Nina Tassler’s undermining of a once mighty network.

          I’ll thus direct you to “adjust your standards to the reality of 2016, not the PR spin excuses”… 😉

            • Thanks Hello Larry.

              I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed.

              She signaled she was out to make CBS just like the other networks when her first decision was to renew Jericho, which had flopped for good reason (and crashed and burned the next season).

              She seemed to think that Jeff Zucker was the model she should follow on making decisions.

              The mystery to me is why Les Moonves left her on for so long when it was clear she couldn’t find a hit show.

              Was there a deal made when Les was given the keys to CBS Corp.?

  6. Rosewood will probably rebound when Empire comes back but it won’t be an option by itself. I do enjoy the show though.

    Hell’s Kitchen – I hereby banish you to summer only! Fox is airing way too many cycles at one time

  7. Kings and Prophets cancelled. Beyond the Tank to replace it for the time being. ABC tried two different dramas Tuesdays at 10 and they lasted five episodes combined.