Empire Season 1 Finale

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.5/20 2.0/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/2 0.8/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 6.1/24 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 16.7 9.004 5.697 2.911 2.140 4.470

FOX was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Update: FOX ordered fast final ratings. Empire rose to a 6.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10PM, with the 8-9PM hour earning a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating and the 9-10PM hour earning a 6.9, just a tenth below the 7.0 adults 18-49 rating for Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. The 9-10PM hour was the highest rated freshman season finale since the Grey’s Anatomy season 1 finale in May 2005 and the highest rated hour for any regularly scheduled broadcast drama in 6 years since the October 9, 2008 episode of CSIBased on the 9-10PM hour, the finale grew 82 percent from the season premiere, making it the show that has grown the most over the course of its first season since Men In Trees during the 2006-07 season. It was FOX”s highest rated Wednesday night since 

On FOX, the two-hour season finale of  Empire earned a gigantic series high 6.4, up 10 percent from last week’s series high 5.8 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a bit too pessimistic. The first hour notched a 6.0 while the second hour, which Nielsen will count as the part of the series overall average rating, rose to a 6.8. It was the highest rated night for a broadcast network airing regular entertainment programming since the January 18, 2012 season premiere of American Idol, which garnered a 7.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Empire has now surpassed The Big Bang Theory to become the highest rated scripted broadcast program of the 2014-15 television season. 

On CBS, a two-hour Survivor matched last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: Cyber garnered a 1.4, down 18 percent from last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the special The Untold Story of the Sound of Music notched a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.8, down 27 percent from a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent new episode. The timeslot premiere of Supernatural scored a 0.7, down 13 percent from a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent new episode.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 18, 2015: (Live + Same Day):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX Empire (8-10PM) – Season Finale 6.5/20 16.7
CBS Survivor (8-10PM) 2.2/7 9.53
ABC The Middle – R 1.2/4 5.15
CW Arrow 0.8/3 2.37
NBC The Mysteries of Laura – R 0.6/2 4.45
8:30 ABC The Goldbergs – R 1.3/4 4.56
9:00 ABC Modern Family – R 1.5/5 5.39
NBC Law & Order: SVU – R 0.8/2 4.73
CW Supernatural 0.7/2 1.91
9:30 ABC black-ish – R 1.2/4 4.44
10:00 CBS CSI: Cyber – Series Premiere 1.4/4 7.94
ABC The Untold Story of the Sound of Music 1.4/5 7.32
NBC Chicago P.D. – R 0.9/3 4.23

via NBC press note:-

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

         In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 1.9/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.

·         In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.3/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

·         From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·         From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.9/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/1 with an encore).

·         At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast. For more information see Numbers 101and Numbers 102.

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