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Thursday Final Nationals: New York Democratic Debate on CNN and NY1 Dominates the Night on Cable

Viewers Continue to Avoid Fitness Fare as Fox's 'American Grit' and NBC's 'Strong' Struggle

A double-dose of drama “Grey’s Anatomy” helped ABC take top honors Thursday night all-around: in total viewers (6.9 million) and in all key demos.

The ratings woes of fitness competitions continue as the oft-promoted “American Grit” for Fox, hosted by WWE superstar John Cena, was scarcely sampled in its series premiere. Earlier in the evening, NBC’s “Strong” which debuted one night earlier did not fare that much better in its regular Thursday 8 p.m. time slot.

Thursday’s most-watched cable network in prime time was CNN with an average of 4.11 million viewers, due to the “Democratic Presidential Debate” — the ninth one in this political cycle, taking place in Brooklyn, NY prior to the April 19 New York primary. 5.47 million watched the debate on CNN while 171,000 tuned in on its simulcast partner Time Warner Cable News NY1 in the New York market. While the debate topped the night among all cable entries, by far (e.g., it doubled the viewership of the day’s second most-watched cable program, Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File”), only two other past debates (of the 20 that have been broadcast this cycle) drew less viewership — both were Democratic: Feb. 4 on MSNBC (4.5 million) and Mar. 6 on CNN (5.5 million).

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Programming Insider Thursday, April 14, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.8/8 6903 1.4/6 1.8/7 2.2/7
8:00 Grey’s Anatomy 5.4/9 7974 1.8/8 2.2/8 2.6/8
10:00 The Catch 3.4/6 4762 0.7/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.2/7 6332 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.9/6
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 5.7/10 8621 0.9/4 1.6/6 2.4/6
8:31 The Odd Couple 4.6/8 7103 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.2/7
9:01 Mom 4.9/8 7460 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.3/7
9:30 2 Broke Girls 4.2/7 6250 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.2/6
10:00 Rush Hour 2.9/5 4259 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.0/5 4638 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.4/4
8:00 Strong 2.1/4 3275 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.1/4
9:00 The Blacklist 4.3/7 6737 0.7/3 1.4/5 1.9/6
10:00 Game of Silence 2.6/5 3902 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.1/4 3372 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.1/3
8:00 Bones 2.8/5 4397 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.3/4
8:00 American Grit (p) 1.4/2 2347 0.6/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.0/2 1534 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.3/2 1984 0.5/2 0.7/3 0.8/3
9:00 The 100 0.7/1 1083 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.3/2 2146 0.8/3
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/2 1523 0.6/3
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.2/2 1874 0.8/3
9:01 Pasion y Poder 1.4/2 2244 0.9/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1736 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 705 0.3/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.2/0 332 0.1/1
8:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.3/1 617 0.3/1
9:00 Lady La Vendedora de Rosas 0.3/1 746 0.3/1
10:02 La Viuda Negra 0.4/1 751 0.3/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 4/14/16

Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 2.6/11
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 3.1/11
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The Catch” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

The Odd Couple” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Mom” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Rush Hour” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Strong” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

The Blacklist” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Game of Silence” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Bones” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

American Grit” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The 100” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Vikings” (History)
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.42
Women 18-49: 0.58
Men 18-49: 0.68

Archer” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.53
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.60

60 Days In” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.97
Men 18-34: 0.50
Women 18-49: 1.01
Men 18-49: 0.69

30 for 30: This Magic Moment” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 0.39
Men 18-34: 1.28
Women 18-49: 0.38
Men 18-49: 1.19

Cable Rankings – Thursday 4/14/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Thursday, April 14:


  1. “Democratic Presidential Debate-Brooklyn” (CNN, ‪9:00-11:09 p.m., 3.48 household rating): 5.470 million viewers (1.16 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.792 (0.27)

  3. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 2.762 (0.26)

  4. WWE SmackDown” (USA, 8-10 p.m., 1.47 household rating): 2.355 million viewers (0.71 adults 18-49 rating)

  5. “Vikings” (History, 10-11:01 p.m.): 2.280 (0.63)
  6. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.890 (0.46)

  7. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.840 (0.43)

  8. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.780 (0.84)

  9. “60 Days In” (A&E, 10:01-11:02 p.m.): 1.772 (0.85)

  10. Movie: “Bolt” (2008) (Disney Channel, 8:00-9:45 p.m.): 1.675 (0.33)
  11. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10:00 p.m.): 1.667 (0.56)

  12. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 1.633 (0.19)

  13. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.541 (0.68)
    “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 8:30-9 p.m.): 1.541 (0.38)


  1. 30 for 30: This Magic Moment” (ESPN, 9-11 p.m., 0.95 household rating): 1.509 million viewers (0.78 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 8-8:30 p.m.): 1.483 (0.42)

  3. “Masters of Flip” (HGTV, 8-9 p.m.): 1.434 (0.37)

  4. “The First 48” (A&E, 9-10:01 p.m.): 1.386 (0.52)

  5. “Project Runway All-Stars” (Lifetime, 9-10:02 p.m.): 1.376 (0.32)

  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:00-9:30 p.m.): 1.366 (0.51)


  • “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8-8:56 p.m.): 1.309 (0.22)

  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike, 10-10:32 p.m.): 1.207 (0.58)

  • “Beat Bobby Flay” (Food Network, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.128 (0.33)

  • “Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case” (ID, 9-10 p.m.): 1.076 (0.23)

  • “Cooks vs. Cons” (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.): 1.069 (0.34)

  • “House of Horrors: Kidnapped” (ID, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.914 (0.27)

  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): 0.890 (0.16)

  • “Impractical Jokers” (truTV, 10-10:30 p.m.): 0.829 (0.40)

  • “River Monsters” (Animal Planet, 9:03-10:05 p.m.): 0.821 (0.33)

  • “Archer” (FX, 10-10:32 p.m.): 0.787 (0.41)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life-Extended” (TLC, 8-9 p.m.): 0.702 (0.20)

  • “Mary Mary” (WE-TV, 9-10 p.m.): 0.693 (0.26)

  • “Finding Bigfoot” (Animal Planet, 10:05-11:06 p.m.): 0.620 (0.20)

  • SportsCenter” (ESPN, ‪8-9 p.m., 0.33 household rating): 0.489 million viewers (0.21 adults 18-49 rating)

  • NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks” (NBCSN, 9:43 p.m.-12:22 a.m., 0.28 household rating): 0.481 million viewers (0.23 adults 18-49 rating)

  • “The Real World: Go Big or Go Home” (MTV, 10:00-11:01 p.m.): 0.445 (0.25)

  • “Dude Perfect Show” (CMT, 9-9:30 p.m.): 0.406 (0.16)

  • “Dude Perfect Show” (CMT, 9:30-10 p.m.): 0.377 (0.15)

  • NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings” (CNBC, 10:49 p.m.-1:32 a.m., 0.18 household rating): 0.280 million viewers (0.15 adults 18-49 rating)


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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