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Wednesday Final Nationals: Fox News and CNN Programs Top Cable Prime Time Post-Election

After a month-long hiatus due to live events, Fox’s Wednesday night lineup of scripted fare returned to win the evening although their top series “Empire” sunk to its new series-low in viewership and demo delivery. Still, the hip-hop drama was, by far, the night’s top program among key adult demos.

Taking the crown for being the most-watched telecast of the night among total viewers was the merging-of-tribes episode of the long-running CBS reality competition stalwart “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” (8.81 million viewers).

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, Fox News Channel was the top cable network in prime time as its three programs — “The O’Reilly Factor” (6.91 million), “The Kelly File” (5.81 million), and “Hannity” (4.99 million) — were cable’s top 3 most-watched of the night.

CNN was runner-up for the evening with a double dose of “Anderson Cooper 360” (2.82 million at 8 p.m., 3.05 million at 9 p.m.) followed by “CNN Tonight” (2.83 million) — those three hours ranked fourth, fifth and six among cable telecasts this prime time.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, October 26, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.6/12 12495 2.1/7 2.9/9 3.8/9
8:00 The Goldbergs 249 94 3.9/7 6462 1.1/5 2.0/7 2.5/7
8:30 Speechless 249 94 3.4/6 5641 0.8/4 1.7/6 2.2/6
9:00 Modern Family 249 94 4.3/7 7229 1.3/5 2.3/8 2.9/8
9:31 black-ish 249 94 3.3/6 5268 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.0/6
10:00 Designated Survivor 249 94 3.6/7 5559 0.5/2 1.2/4 1.7/5
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 255 94 5.3/9 8809 1.2/5 1.9/7 2.7/8
9:00 Criminal Minds 255 94 4.7/8 7371 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.9/5
10:00 Code Black 255 94 4.0/8 6034 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.4/4
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 245 94 3.1/5 4598 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 245 94 3.6/6 5547 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.6/5
10:00 Chicago PD 245 94 3.6/7 5698 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.7/5
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 254 94 4.4/7 7019 1.2/5 1.8/6 2.3/7
9:00 Empire 254 94 5.0/8 8151 2.4/10 2.9/9 3.3/9
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 1.2/2 1946 0.5/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
9:00 Frequency 247 91 0.7/1 1051 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 1.1/2 1916 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.1/2 2028 0.8/3
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1733 0.6/2
9:00 Vino el Amor 1.2/2 2132 0.7/2
10:00 El Color de la Pasión 1.1/2 1882 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 450 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 502 0.2/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.4/1 729 0.3/1
9:00 La Viuda Negra 0.2/0 393 0.2/1
10:00 Bloque de Búsqueda 0.1/0 227 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1837 0.7/3
7:00 Con Los Hispanos (s) 0.9/2 1565 0.5/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1 1439 0.5/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1905 0.8/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.1/2 2166 0.9/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 11/09/16

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Speechless” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.6/8
Men 18-49: 2.0/7

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/5
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Designated Survivor” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Code Black” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Chicago PD” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.0/6
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 3.0/12
Men 18-34: 1.8/8
Women 18-49: 3.7/11
Men 18-49: 2.0/7

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

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

American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX)
Women 18-34: 1.73
Men 18-34: 1.08
Women 18-49: 1.47
Men 18-49: 1.12

Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.34
Men 18-34: 0.12
Women 18-49: 0.67
Men 18-49: 0.21

South Park” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.87
Men 18-34: 2.56
Women 18-49: 0.60
Men 18-49: 1.78

Legends” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.32
Men 18-34: 0.67
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.49

The Real World: Bad Blood” (MTV)
Women 18-34: 0.29
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.13

Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)
Women 18-34: 0.21
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.33
Men 18-49: 0.26

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.40
Men 18-34: 0.38
Women 18-49: 0.59
Men 18-49: 0.51

NBA Regular Season: Houston @ San Antonio” (ESPN)
0.94 household rating
1.451 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.30
Men 18-34: 1.15
Women 18-49: 0.28
Men 18-49: 0.95

NHL Regular Season: Chicago @ St. Louis” (NBCSN)
0.32 household rating
0.516 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.12
Men 18-34: 0.21
Women 18-49: 0.12
Men 18-49: 0.20

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Wednesday 11/09/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 1.98 … 2.47
    Speechless …………….. 1.71 … 2.15
    Modern Family ………… 2.30 … 3.46
    black-ish …………………. 1.54 … 2.21
    Designated Survivor …. 1.22 … 2.44
    Survivor ………………….. 1.89 … 2.47
    Criminal Minds ………… 1.32 … 1.80
    Code Black ……………… 0.93 … 1.46
    Blindspot ………………… 1.05 … 1.47
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 1.30 … 1.92
    Chicago PD …………….. 1.31 … 1.88
    Lethal Weapon ………… 1.81 … 2.41
    Empire ……………………. 2.87 … 4.09
    Arrow ……………………… 0.68 … 1.00
    Frequency ……………….. 0.31 … 0.44

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    Total Viewers
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 6.463 … 7.668
    Speechless …………….. 5.641 … 6.830
    Modern Family ……….. 7.230 … 10.058
    black-ish ………………… 5.268 … 6.983
    Designated Survivor … 5.559 … 10.257
    Survivor …………………. 8.811 … 10.502
    Criminal Minds ………… 7.372 … 9.179
    Code Black ……………… 6.034 … 8.632
    Blindspot ………………… 4.898 … 6.391
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 5.547 … 7.293
    Chicago PD …………….. 5.698 … 7.901
    Lethal Weapon ………… 7.019 … 8.978
    Empire …………………… 8.151 … 11.038
    Arrow …………………….. 1.946 … 2.690
    Frequency ………………. 1.051 … 1.524

  2. So far the bigger than average L+3 increase for Designated Survivor correctly predicted future lower ratings.

    • Live+7 vs. Live+SD data for Wednesday 11/09/2016

      Adults 18-49
      …………………………….. L+SD … L+7
      Arrow ……………………… 0.7 … 1.1

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      Total Viewers
      …………………………….. L+SD … L+7
      Arrow …………………… 1.946 … 2.952