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‘Empire’ Season-Ender Leads Fox to Wednesday Overnight Victory

'Survivor' Closes Season on CBS on a Solid Note

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, May 18:

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 5.5/ 9, CBS: 5.0/ 8, ABC: 3.9/ 6, NBC: 3.8/ 6, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +104, CW: +27, ABC: + 8, CBS: – 7, NBC: -27

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle” (season finale): 4.8/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor” (season finale): 5.7/10 (#1)
NBC – “Heartbeat” (season finale): 2.7/ 5 (#4)
Fox – “Rosewood”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (season finale): 4.4/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Survivor” (season finale): 5.7/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Heartbeat” (season finale): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “Rosewood”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.5/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (season finale): 4.8/ 8 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor” (season finale): 5.3/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.0/ 6 (#4)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 7.2/11 (#1)
CW – “Surpernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (season finale): 3.6/ 6 (#4)
CBS – “Survivor” (season finale): 5.1/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 4.3/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Empire” (season finale): 7.5/12 (#1)
CW – “Surpernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Nashville”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”Reunion: 5.2/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.6/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Nashville”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Survivor”Reunion: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I said this just yesterday but it amazes me how the Chicago shows are so consistent at 10:00 and even had an uptick.
    What a horrible drop for Nashville.

    • I wonder if the 10PM number is a typo — maybe it was really 3.1? That would make more sense.

    • All three of the Chicago shows are really consistent half-hour to half-hour especially the 10pm vets Fire and PD. What are the chances as a network you could get all three of your franchise shows with two of them being at 10pm to be that consistent at both half-hours? Crazy stuff!

  2. Wish Survivor had a better outcome. Even though it was filmed ahead of the fall episode, I understand why they moved it to spring so turned off viewers would have time to recover over the summer!

    I would much rather have seen Mark the Chicken win! He was the true SURVIVOR of the season. He managed to go uneaten for 39 days!!

    • I thought the outcome was just fine. Deservedly so. Although, I do like your chicken suggestion; agreed. This show may still deliver very decent numbers but the format is very tired and showing its age. The “new” twist at the final tribal was very good but “one of the best seasons ever”….definitely NOT!

  3. Survivor was so anti-climatic last night….

    I like Michelle but she did not deserve to win, sorry. Aubry had a far better resume’ IMO but her decision to be nice affected her. She should of said she manipulated Tai to betray Scott….but who knows, the jury seemed bitter and I’m not sure of the breakdown but did Cydney vote for Aubry?

    Tai unfortunately did poorly, I think he would of lost to either Scott or Jason as he cannot articulate his feelings (other than cry that is)

    Michelle did well and she was not anyone’s favorite but I think the editing proved to many viewers that the jury was bitter…..I will say this is the first time where I feel Jeff blew it as host, why didn’t he ask why Michelle over Aubry or Tai? Or was there more to the story and he didn’t want to go there? Who knows, I know I don’t 🙁

    I love the show and looking forward to next falls Millennials vs Gen X but why weren’t Baby Boomers represented? They are in their 50s and up…..still young enough as you can see with Joe who was 71. It should of been Millennials vs Gen X vs Baby Boomers….now that would be good 🙂