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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC Draws Most-Watched Finale in Six Years

NBC dominated Wednesday night with the 2-hour 11th season finale of “America’s Got Talent” followed by the second season premiere of “Blindspot.”

The season finale of “America’s Got Talent” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET):
· Jumps +33% versus its year-ago finale in 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.1 from 9-11 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2015) and +49% or +4.7 million persons in total viewers (14.4 million vs. 9.7 million), despite running an hour earlier this year.
· Scores as the top “Talent” finale in five years in 18-49 (since a 3.6 and 14.374 million on Sept. 14, 2011) and biggest finale in total viewers in six years (since 16.4 million on Sept. 15, 2010).
· Wins the slot among the Big 4 in every key measure.
· Excluding sports, this is NBC’s best total-viewer average in the time period in six years (since the 2010 “Talent” finale averaged 16.4 million on Sept. 15, 2010) and highest 18-49 rating in nearly four years (since Nov. 7, 2012, 3.8 with “The Voice”).
· Grows +40% week to week in 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.0) and +36% in total viewers (14.412 million vs. 10.606 million).
· Is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49 and all other key measures.

A special 10 p.m. season-two debut of “Blindspot” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
· Generated strong sampling, growing +21% or 1.2 million persons versus last May’s season finale in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.9 million from 10:01-11 p.m. on Monday, May 23) to deliver its most-watched episode since Nov. 16, 2015 (7.7 million).
· Increases +15% from its season finale in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3 on May 23), to equal the show’s highest rating since March 28 (1.6).
· Matches NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the slot since Feb. 24, excluding Olympics and biggest overall audience excluding Olympics since March 2 (7.2 million).
· Wins the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure.
· Beats by +15% NBC’s average in the hour last season in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3, L+SD non-sports) and by +21% in total viewers (7.098 million vs. 5.890 million).
· Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Blindspot” grew by +82% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.84 to a 3.34) and 4.8 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, September 14, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.8/3 2703 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
8:00 The Goldbergs (r) 248 94 2.0/4 3064 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
8:30 The Goldbergs (r) 248 94 1.8/3 2795 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
9:00 Modern Family (r) 249 94 1.9/3 2885 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/4
9:31 black-ish (r) 249 94 1.7/3 2541 0.3/1 0.8/3 1.1/3
10:00 Modern Family (r) 249 94 1.8/3 2681 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
10:31 Fresh Off the Boat (r) 249 94 1.5/3 2228 0.3/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.9/5 4435 0.7/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
8:00 Big Brother 18 254 94 3.8/7 6112 1.2/6 1.8/7 2.3/8
9:00 Criminal Minds (r) 254 94 2.3/4 3338 0.4/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
10:00 Code Black (r) 254 94 2.6/5 3854 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.1/13 11974 1.5/7 2.4/9 3.2/10
8:00 America’s Got Talent (f) 243 94 8.5/15 14412 1.8/8 2.8/10 3.8/12
10:00 Blindspot (p) 243 94 4.4/8 7098 1.0/4 1.5/6 2.1/7
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 4364 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/6
8:00 MasterChef 255 94 2.5/4 4087 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.6/5
9:00 MasterChef (f) 255 94 2.7/5 4641 1.0/4 1.5/5 1.9/6
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1188 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.4/1
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us 252 92 0.9/2 1379 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 252 92 0.7/1 1111 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 252 92 0.6/1 882 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1608 0.5/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1610 0.6/3
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1591 0.5/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2 1850 0.6/2
10:00 El Color de la Pasión 0.9/2 1382 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/0 468 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 345 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.3/1 574 0.2/1
9:00 La Ronca de Oro 0.3/0 487 0.2/1
10:00 El Príncipe 0.2/0 343 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1848 0.8/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.1/2 1872 0.5/3
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.9/2 1507 0.6/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1813 0.7/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.2/2 2226 1.0/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 9/14/16

Big Brother 18” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/7
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 2.0/9
Men 18-34: 1.6/8
Women 18-49: 3.1/11
Men 18-49: 2.4/8

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Masterchef” (Fox, 8:00)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Masterchef” (Fox, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.4/2
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/1

American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX)
Women 18-34: 4.09
Men 18-34: 2.33
Women 18-49: 3.24
Men 18-49: 2.32

South Park” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.76
Men 18-34: 2.79
Women 18-49: 0.62
Men 18-49: 2.03

Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.51
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.78
Men 18-49: 0.32

Suits” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.55
Women 18-49: 0.46
Men 18-49: 0.56

Mr. Robot” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.20
Men 18-34: 0.39
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.40

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 9/14/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, September 14:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No. = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No. = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No.* D-No.* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
116 94 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 8:28 PM 28 497 0.17
73 53 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 8:56 PM 5 681 0.25
107 89 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:01 PM 28 530 0.18
80 65 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 9:29 PM 5 653 0.22
112 88 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:34 PM 28 517 0.18
74 60 DUCK DYNASTY XTRA A&E 10:02 PM 5 680 0.23
109 103 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:07 PM 29 524 0.15
100 77 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:36 PM 30 562 0.20
64 48 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 760 0.27
60 32 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 821 0.33
44 25 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 991 0.42
37 18 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1154 0.48
29 14 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1347 0.56
22 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1570 0.69
63 56 AMC MOVIE: ENDERS GAME AMC 8:00 PM 150 774 0.23
120 79 AMC MOVIE: ALIENS AMC 10:30 PM 150 479 0.19
122 96 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: FANTASIA STORY BET 8:00 PM 178 476 0.17
110 86 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 520 0.18
17 10 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1763 0.62
33 22 DON’T BE TARDY BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 1235 0.45
99 67 DON’T BE TARDY BRAVO 10:30 PM 30 565 0.22
49 90 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 895 0.18
58 81 CNN SPECIAL REPORT CNN 9:00 PM 60 834 0.19
50 91 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 869 0.18
71 27 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 703 0.39
62 23 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 783 0.45
47 16 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 947 0.53
31 6 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 1261 0.75
8 2 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 2167 1.32
76 29 LEGENDS CMDY 10:30 PM 30 672 0.37
105 72 DUAL SURVIVAL DISC 8:00 PM 60 542 0.21
57 44 DUAL SURVIVAL DISC 9:00 PM 61 835 0.29
106 84 STILL ALIVE DISC 10:01 PM 61 540 0.18
34 74 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2010 DSNY 8:00 PM 100 1194 0.20
46 99 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:40 PM 25 977 0.16
52 101 BUNK’D DSNY 10:05 PM 25 853 0.16
54 102 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:30 PM 30 847 0.16
68 75 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 730 0.20
78 85 SO MUCH YOU CAN DO DISJR 8:25 PM 5 656 0.18
92 100 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:30 PM 25 595 0.16
115 112 QUIET IS DISJR 8:55 PM 5 507 0.13
117 115 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 9:00 PM 25 496 0.12
83 57 HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM E! 8:00 PM 60 638 0.23
88 63 BOTCHED BY NATURE E! 9:00 PM 60 611 0.22
66 62 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – EARLY: BALTIMORE / BOSTON ESPN 7:00 PM 167 743 0.23
82 69 BASEBALL STUDIO ESPN 9:47 PM 13 641 0.21
123 95 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – LATE: SEATTLE / LA ANGELS (0.34 HH) ESPN 10:00 PM 190 473 0.17
93 59 WORST COOKS 7 FOOD 8:00 PM 60 590 0.23
35 20 WORST COOKS 9 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1185 0.46
67 34 CAMP CUTTHROAT 2 FOOD 10:00 PM 60 739 0.32
2 49 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3362 0.27
3 41 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2993 0.30
4 40 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2385 0.30
101 68 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: HOME ALONE II: LOST IN NY FRFM 8:30 PM 150 552 0.21
27 9 FX MOVIE PRIME: PURGE: ANARCHY FX 7:59 PM 121 1410 0.65
1 1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 60 5137 2.78
98 80 FXX MOVIE PRIME: MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST FXX 7:30 PM 150 567 0.19
125 124 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 470 0.09
110 123 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:00 PM 30 520 0.09
102 120 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:30 PM 30 548 0.10
107 106 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:00 PM 30 530 0.14
112 105 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 517 0.14
102 78 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:30 PM 30 548 0.20
95 76 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 584 0.20
86 70 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 613 0.21
28 36 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1402 0.31
19 37 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1605 0.31
30 39 PAWN STARS HIST 10:00 PM 31 1307 0.30
38 47 PAWN STARS HIST 10:31 PM 32 1153 0.27
32 33 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1246 0.32
18 24 PROP BROS BUY AND SELL HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1649 0.42
15 26 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1871 0.40
16 30 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1765 0.34
118 125 WALKER,TEXAS RANGER INSP 10:00 PM 60 484 0.05
36 46 BETRAYED ID 8:00 PM 60 1167 0.28
23 31 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 9:00 PM 60 1501 0.34
11 21 JONBENET: AMERICAN MURDER ID 10:00 PM 60 1973 0.46
61 43 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 60 802 0.29
21 11 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1573 0.60
26 13 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:02 PM 60 1416 0.58
25 83 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1425 0.18
14 58 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1910 0.23
20 87 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1596 0.18
78 28 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN5B MTV 10:00 PM 62 656 0.38
121 97 DRUGS, INC. NGC 8:00 PM 60 478 0.17
124 93 DRUGS, INC. NGC 10:00 PM 60 471 0.17
84 104 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 631 0.14
90 113 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:30 PM 30 603 0.13
75 116 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:00 PM 30 678 0.12
85 119 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:30 PM 30 619 0.10
93 117 TEAM UMIZOOMI NKJR 10:00 PM 24 590 0.11
53 66 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 850 0.22
51 64 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 868 0.22
47 52 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 947 0.26
59 42 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 827 0.29
39 71 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:00 PM 30 1104 0.21
45 82 GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:30 PM 30 987 0.18
97 110 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 8:00 PM 60 569 0.13
41 50 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 9:00 PM 60 1036 0.27
10 15 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 10:00 PM 60 1997 0.55
89 45 SPIKE TV MOVIE: FAST FIVE SPIKE 8:00 PM 180 607 0.28
104 109 GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 8:00 PM 60 543 0.14
65 73 GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 9:00 PM 60 752 0.21
114 107 PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 60 510 0.14
24 19 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1487 0.47
12 12 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1948 0.60
9 8 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2072 0.67
6 5 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2202 0.76
5 3 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2235 0.82
7 4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2197 0.80
91 54 TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 9:00 PM 61 600 0.24
119 111 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN REV TRAV 9:00 PM 60 482 0.13
40 55 CASTLE TNT 8:00 PM 60 1102 0.24
42 61 CASTLE TNT 9:00 PM 60 996 0.23
69 108 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 10:00 PM 60 729 0.14
81 118 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 7:36 PM 36 650 0.10
70 121 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 8:12 PM 36 709 0.10
87 122 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:48 PM 36 612 0.10
76 114 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 672 0.12
56 98 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 838 0.17
55 92 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 845 0.18
43 38 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 994 0.30
13 17 SUITS USA 9:00 PM 63 1921 0.51
72 35 MR. ROBOT USA 10:03 PM 67 686 0.32
96 51 DATING NAKED 3 VH1 9:00 PM 60 571 0.26

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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