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Wednesday Final Nationals: Blues-Blackhawks Deliver Fifth-Best NBCSN NHL Regular Season Opener To-Date

Fox won Wednesday among total viewers (8.05 million) and all key demos. CBS was just 233,000 viewers behind Fox on the night.

NBCSN was the night’s top sports cable network as the 2016-17 NHL regular season opened with the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks. At a 0.53 U.S. household rating and 905,000 viewers, the game was the fifth most-watched season opener ever on the network; although, it was the least-watched season-opening night featured game since 2011 (Philadelphia-Boston 10/6/11 874,000).

In the late slot for most of the country, San Jose-Los Angeles drew a 0.28 U.S. household rating and 484,000 viewers; up 22 percent from the year-ago opening night nightcap (396,000 viewers) and up 9 percent from 2014 (446,000 viewers) — all games involving San Jose and Los Angeles as well.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, October 12, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.1/7 6646 1.1/5 1.9/7 2.4/7
8:00 The Goldbergs 249 94 3.9/7 6467 1.1/5 1.9/7 2.4/8
8:30 Speechless 249 94 3.7/6 6025 1.0/5 1.8/7 2.3/7
9:00 Modern Family 249 94 4.4/8 7500 1.5/6 2.4/8 3.1/9
9:31 black-ish 249 94 3.5/6 5838 1.1/5 1.8/6 2.3/6
10:00 Designated Survivor 249 94 4.4/8 6995 0.8/4 1.6/6 2.1/6
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.9/9 7818 1.0/4 1.6/6 2.2/7
8:00 Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X 254 94 5.4/9 9058 1.2/6 2.0/8 2.8/9
9:00 Criminal Minds 254 94 5.3/9 8401 1.1/5 1.7/6 2.3/7
10:00 Code Black 254 94 4.0/7 5993 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.6/5
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5855 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.7/5
8:00 Blindspot 244 94 3.6/6 5533 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.6/5
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 244 94 3.8/6 5878 1.0/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
10:00 Chicago PD 244 94 3.9/7 6154 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.9/8 8051 2.0/9 2.7/9 3.1/9
8:00 Lethal Weapon 255 94 4.2/7 6835 1.3/6 1.9/7 2.3/7
9:00 Empire 255 94 5.6/9 9266 2.7/12 3.5/12 3.9/11
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1508 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Arrow 247 91 1.1/2 1936 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.8/2
9:00 Frequency 247 91 0.7/1 1080 0.3/1 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 1.1/2 1900 0.6/2
7:00 Sal y Pimienta: Rise Up-Una Voz (s) 0.7/1 1295 0.4/2
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1632 0.5/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.3/2 2264 0.8/3
10:00 El Color de la Pasión 1.1/2 1803 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 404 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 355 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.4/1 652 0.3/1
9:00 Velvet 0.2/0 292 0.1/0
10:00 El Príncipe 0.1/0 219 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1818 0.8/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.1/2 1795 0.5/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1 1394 0.5/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1799 0.8/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.1/2 2263 1.0/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 10/12/16

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/7

Speechless” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.7/7
Men 18-34: 1.2/6
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 2.0/7

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Designated Survivor” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.4/8
Men 18-49: 1.7/7

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Code Black” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Chicago PD” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 1.2/6
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.8/7

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 3.6/14
Men 18-34: 1.9/9
Women 18-49: 4.4/14
Men 18-49: 2.4/9

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Frequency” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX)
Women 18-34: 1.98
Men 18-34: 1.38
Women 18-49: 1.66
Men 18-49: 1.25

Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.55
Men 18-34: 0.19
Women 18-49: 0.75
Men 18-49: 0.27

South Park” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.73
Men 18-34: 2.40
Women 18-49: 0.55
Men 18-49: 1.69

Legends” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.21
Men 18-34: 0.72
Women 18-49: 0.16
Men 18-49: 0.52

The Real World: Bad Blood” (MTV)
Women 18-34: 0.39
Men 18-34: 0.24
Women 18-49: 0.30
Men 18-49: 0.19

NHL Regular Season: St. Louis @ Chicago” (NBCSN)
0.53 household rating
0.905 million million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.19
Men 18-34: 0.51
Women 18-49: 0.22
Men 18-49: 0.50

NHL Regular Season: San Jose @ Los Angeles” (NBCSN)
0.28 household rating
0.484 million million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.30
Women 18-49: 0.14
Men 18-49: 0.34

Ultimate Fighter” (FS1)
0.26 household rating
0.439 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.09
Men 18-34: 0.15
Women 18-49: 0.13
Men 18-49: 0.27

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 10/12/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, October 12:

* 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
74 53 THE A&E MOVIE: TAKEN A&E 8:00 PM 120 672 0.25
75 64 CRISS ANGEL TRICKD UP A&E 10:00 PM 63 664 0.21
49 34 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:00 PM 30 859 0.32
36 17 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1085 0.44
22 9 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1502 0.63
17 6 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1582 0.70
119 80 AMC MOVIE: ENDERS GAME AMC 7:00 PM 150 470 0.17
115 115 DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN APL 8:00 PM 60 487 0.09
92 105 DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN APL 9:00 PM 60 559 0.12
116 116 DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN APL 10:00 PM 60 484 0.09
60 36 DON’T BE TARDY BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 781 0.31
112 67 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 493 0.21
10 20 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1925 0.40
24 43 CNN FILMS: WE WILL RISE CNN 9:00 PM 61 1475 0.29
16 25 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:01 PM 59 1605 0.36
79 24 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 658 0.36
68 18 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 726 0.43
61 16 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 768 0.44
44 12 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 910 0.55
13 2 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 1817 1.11
83 29 LEGENDS CMDY 10:30 PM 30 630 0.34
66 50 DUAL SURVIVAL DISC 9:00 PM 63 753 0.27
51 35 GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISC 10:03 PM 64 855 0.31
39 66 ADV IN BABYSITTING (2016) DSNY 7:00 PM 105 1051 0.21
47 83 WALK THE PRANK DSNY 8:45 PM 25 899 0.16
57 99 LIV & MADDIE: CALI STYLE DSNY 9:10 PM 30 834 0.13
48 97 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 9:40 PM 30 868 0.13
42 96 MY BABYSITTERS (SERIES) DSNY 10:10 PM 30 938 0.13
51 95 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:40 PM 25 855 0.13
67 75 JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES DISJR 7:30 PM 55 741 0.18
81 89 SO MUCH YOU CAN DO DISJR 8:25 PM 5 646 0.14
86 93 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:30 PM 25 613 0.13
91 98 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:55 PM 25 566 0.13
116 113 LION GUARD DISJR 9:20 PM 25 484 0.10
65 21 TOTAL BELLAS E! 8:00 PM 60 756 0.39
109 60 E:60 ESPN 8:00 PM 60 508 0.23
99 90 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: APPALACHIAN STATE / LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE ESPN2 8:00 PM 198 541 0.14
72 55 WORST COOKS 9 FOOD 8:00 PM 60 708 0.24
28 15 WORST COOKS 9 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1409 0.47
62 39 HALLOWEEN WARS 6 FOOD 10:00 PM 60 764 0.29
1 30 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3728 0.34
2 27 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 3198 0.35
4 28 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2774 0.34
35 42 FX MOVIE PRIME: NOAH FX 7:00 PM 180 1094 0.29
3 1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 60 2824 1.46
104 110 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 517 0.10
84 104 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 624 0.12
95 114 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:00 PM 30 547 0.09
97 109 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 544 0.10
101 100 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:00 PM 30 532 0.13
97 103 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 544 0.12
113 81 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 492 0.16
107 76 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 515 0.18
30 46 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1361 0.27
29 48 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1370 0.27
43 73 PAWN STARS HIST 10:00 PM 31 931 0.19
53 69 PAWN STARS HIST 10:31 PM 32 852 0.20
34 47 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1129 0.27
26 33 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1452 0.32
25 31 HUNTING VINTAGE HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1464 0.33
21 37 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1510 0.31
114 120 BONANZA INSP 8:00 PM 60 488 0.06
111 118 WALKER,TEXAS RANGER INSP 9:00 PM 60 498 0.08
40 62 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 8:00 PM 60 1000 0.22
38 58 BETRAYED ID 9:00 PM 60 1059 0.23
31 41 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 10:00 PM 60 1268 0.29
41 32 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 60 997 0.33
19 11 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1552 0.59
23 10 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:02 PM 60 1480 0.61
9 40 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1926 0.29
5 19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2622 0.43
6 23 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2484 0.36
120 108 ALASKA STATE TROOPERS NGC 8:00 PM 60 468 0.11
104 101 BORDER WARS COMPILATION NGC 9:00 PM 60 517 0.13
103 102 COCAINE CRACKDOWN NGC 10:00 PM 60 518 0.12
46 26 NHL REGULAR SEASON: ST. LOUIS / CHICAGO NBCSN 8:01 PM 160 905 0.36
116 56 NHL REGULAR SEASON: LOS ANGELES / SAN JOSE NBCSN 10:41 PM 157 484 0.24
71 82 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 712 0.16
87 94 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:30 PM 30 607 0.13
82 92 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 633 0.14
95 106 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 547 0.11
106 112 TEAM UMIZOOMI NKJR 10:00 PM 24 516 0.10
100 111 TEAM UMIZOOMI NKJR 10:24 PM 24 540 0.10
44 63 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 910 0.22
54 57 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 846 0.24
58 51 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 830 0.25
59 44 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 821 0.28
33 65 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1177 0.21
37 68 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1080 0.21
93 85 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 9:00 PM 60 558 0.15
15 14 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 10:00 PM 60 1678 0.51
84 49 SPIKE TV MOVIE: THE WATERBOY SPIKE 7:00 PM 120 624 0.27
50 22 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 9:00 PM 32 858 0.38
70 38 LIP SYNC BATTLE: TMI SPIKE 9:32 PM 30 724 0.30
88 74 GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 9:00 PM 60 592 0.18
90 70 PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 60 570 0.20
20 13 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1550 0.52
11 8 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1912 0.65
12 7 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1883 0.67
7 4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1987 0.78
8 3 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1931 0.81
14 5 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1800 0.73
55 59 REGULAR SHOW TOON 8:00 PM 30 841 0.23
63 71 STEVEN UNIVERSE TOON 8:30 PM 30 760 0.20
89 78 TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 9:00 PM 61 573 0.17
77 72 EXP UNKNOWN: HUNT YETI TRAV 8:00 PM 60 659 0.19
56 61 EXP UNKNOWN: HUNT YETI TRAV 9:00 PM 60 835 0.22
110 86 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 10:00 PM 60 502 0.15
76 79 BONES TNT 8:00 PM 60 661 0.17
77 77 BONES TNT 9:00 PM 60 659 0.17
79 84 BONES TNT 10:00 PM 60 658 0.16
73 119 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 8:00 PM 30 676 0.08
94 117 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:30 PM 30 552 0.08
69 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:00 PM 30 725 0.14
63 87 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 760 0.15
102 88 YOUNGER TVL 10:00 PM 31 528 0.14
18 45 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1572 0.28
27 52 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1451 0.25
32 54 NCIS USA 10:00 PM 60 1181 0.24
108 107 FANTOMWORKS VEL 9:00 PM 60 512 0.11

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. What were the ratings for Adventures In Babysitting last night from 7:00 to 8:45 pm on Disney Channel?

  2. What’s the 4 week progression for Designated Survivor? Is it still dropping because if so I see that as a bigger problem than most. ABC will obviously keep it because of year to year improvements but this likely won’t end up being the savior they thought it would be. Of course, none of the new shows look that way this year.

    Speechless is a nice addition to the ABC comedy family. So is Tuesday’s American Housewife show. There is potential with both.

  3. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Wednesday 10/12/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 1.88 … 2.42
    Speechless …………….. 1.82 … 2.33
    Modern Family ………… 2.40 … 3.59
    black-ish …………………. 1.80 … 2.38
    Designated Survivor …. 1.60 … 2.98
    Survivor ………………….. 2.01 … 2.54
    Criminal Minds ………… 1.73 … 2.50
    Code Black …………….. 1.06 … 1.59
    Blindspot ………………… 1.13 … 1.67
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 1.44 … 2.23
    Chicago PD …………….. 1.42 … 2.19
    Lethal Weapon ………… 1.91 … 2.46
    Empire ……………………. 3.46 … 4.60
    Arrow ……………………… 0.70 … 1.12
    Frequency ……………….. 0.31 … 0.49

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 6468 … 7725
    Speechless …………….. 6026 … 7368
    Modern Family ………… 7500 .. 10299
    black-ish ………………… 5839 … 7433
    Designated Survivor … 6996 .. 12163
    Survivor …………………. 9060 .. 10586
    Criminal Minds ……….. 8402 .. 10973
    Code Black …………….. 5994 … 8467
    Blindspot ………………… 5533 … 7465
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 5878 … 8149
    Chicago PD …………….. 6154 … 9019
    Lethal Weapon ………… 6836 … 8581
    Empire …………………… 9266 .. 11990
    Arrow ……………………… 1936 … 2818
    Frequency ………………. 1080 … 1662