Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Greetings from Las Vegas.
When I return this weekend it's Spring Cleaning time, where I go through the DVR and start eliminating shows that I just never got around to watching or finishing. There's a lot of new programming coming in April so it's time to clear the decks.
This year there's a lot less to eliminate than other years. I think we were a lot more selective in adding shows to our viewing stable both because we already consume quite a bit and also, to be honest, there wasn't much that appealed to us.
I think the most happy addition to our family of shows was "Lethal Weapon," which built in consistency from what was a fine pilot. We're very faithful to shows, but I think "Suits" may have overstayed its welcome, and "Legion" will probably be one and done for me. It's this season's "Emperor's New Clothes" show.
"Star" and "Victoria" will probably never cross the finish line for us, but what's different today is that, with the transition to streaming as a significant source of TV consumption, there's little to clean up. Netflix's "my list" or Amazon's "watch next" keeps building up programming (British procedurals or "Fleabag," for example) that I will never get to, but I feel it's someone else's problem.
Bottom line: As long as there is a delete button, there is never too much TV.
Final Four picks: Arizona/UCLA/Villanova/Kansas #RockChalk

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.7/7 7.76
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – clip show 1.6/6 7.56
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.5/6 5.48
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – F 1.3/5 5.84
Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.58
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.3/5 4.61
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.9/7 6.11
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.3/5 7.32
Star (FOX) – F 1.3/5 4.07
The 100 (The CW) 0.4/1 1.08
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.5/5 4.90
10 p.m. Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.3/5 5.69
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 1.0/4 4.86
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 0.9/3 5.37


The season finales of “Lethal Weapon” and “Star” each posted improved ratings for FOX Wednesday. Both shows delivered a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, and both were up a tenth of a point from their performance last week.

“Survivor” drew a 1.7, matching its premiere rating from a week ago on CBS. “Criminal Minds” (1.3) and “CM: Beyond Borders” (0.9) were also on par with last week.

A “Voice” clip show scored a 1.6 for NBC. It may also have swiped some viewers from “The Goldbergs” (1.5) and “Speechless” (1.3), both of which tied season lows for ABC. (The daylight saving effect may also be in play a bit.) “Black-ish” rose 0.1 to 1.5, and “Modern Family” (1.9) and “Designated Survivor” (1.3) held steady.

“Arrow” slipped a tenth to 0.5 on The CW, and “The 100” remained steady at 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.3/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.41 6.66 6.82 4.96 1.33


Late night metered-market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/5, 2.4/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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