Friday Ratings: NCAA Basketball And Zion Williamson Win The Night And Game

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Fox’s Last Man Standing usually wins the Friday night primetime demo ratings. This week, another type of last man standing, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, took over the top slot.
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Ratings: NCAA Tournament Makes CBS a 1 Seed

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The NCAA Tournament made CBS a 1 seed last night, and “Grey’s Anatomy” did the same for ABC. If the Disney broadcast channel’s “For the People” wasn’t so low-rated, ABC would have won Thursday primetime outright.

Due to the nature of live sports, the fast-national Nielsen numbers for CBS in this story should be considered subject to adjustment.

For now at least, CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 3.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those numbers represent the averages of the Abilene Christian University vs. Kentucky and Seton Hall vs. Wofford games.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and first in viewers with 5.2 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.4/7 and 6.9 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” had a 0.9/4 and 5.6 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 settled for a 0.5/3 and 3.2 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 got a 0.9/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “A.P. Bio” at 8:30 had a 0.5/2 and 2.3 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.6 million.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.15 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.24 million.

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Ratings: ‘Empire’ Sinks to Series Lows in Second Episode Since Jussie Smollet Arrest

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“Empire” sunk to series lows on Wednesday, one week after an already-rough midseason premiere. Those episodes marked the first two original hours of the Fox soap since star Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in Chicago.

Last night, “Empire” managed a 1.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 4 million total viewers. The drama’s previous series lows came on Halloween 2018, when the show drew a 1.2 demo rating and 4.2 million overall audience members.

The “Empire” midseason return a week ago tallied a 1.3 rating and 4.4 million viewers, per Nielsen, which means this follow-up episode slipped an additional 18 percent in the demo and 9 percent overall. As a result of those declines, CBS was able to tie Fox for first-place in primetime-ratings averages among adults 18-49. The “Survivor” home topped the evening in eyeballs of any age.

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CBS and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 6.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 3.6 million.

For CBS, “Survivor” from 8 p.m to 10 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 7 million viewers. “SEAL Team” at 10 had a 0.7/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

For Fox, after “Empire,” “Star” at 9 received a 1.0/4 and 3.2 million viewers.

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ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 put up a 1.2/6 and 4.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Schooled” had a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 got a 1.1/5 and 4.3 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 received a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, drama “Whiskey Cavalier” closed primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/4, but second in viewers with 5.1 million. A “Voice” recap from 8 to 10 averaged a 1.0/5 and 6 million viewers. A Michael Buble special at 10 had a 0.5/2 and 3.3 million viewers.

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Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 692,000. The “Riverdale” musical episode at 8 got a 0.3/1 and 832,000 viewers. At 9, the “All American” season finale received a 0.2/1 and 552,000 viewers.

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘The Village’ Series Premiere Tops at 10PM

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NBC topped Tuesday in demo ratings thanks to “Ellen’s Game of Games” and “This Is Us.” Its series premiere of “The Village” wasn’t as big, but it still won at 10 p.m.

Though Fox’s debut of “Mental Samurai” at 9 o’clock wasn’t great, a “MasterChef Junior” lead-in and the network’s abbreviated primetime hours allowed it to tie for second in the key 18-49 demographic, running neck-and-neck with ABC.

CBS finished first in total viewers despite coming in last among the so-called Big 4 broadcasters in terms of demo ratings.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/6 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6 million, according to preliminary numbers.

ABC and Fox was tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. ABC was third in total viewers with 3.4 million, Fox was fourth with 2.5 million.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3, but first in viewers with 6.4 million.

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The CW, Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.33 million, Univision was sixth with 1.27 million and Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

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Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts

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Last week, there were calls to fire Tucker Carlson from Fox News after old audio resurfaced of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host making crude remarks about women and statutory rape on a shock-jock radio show. Also last week, Carlson’s Nielsen ratings rose 8 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million total viewers last week, with 517,000 of them coming from the key adults 15-54 demographic. Those Nielsen numbers were up 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the prior week  — and they also easily beat MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (1.8 million and 298,000) and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” (1 million and 269,000).

In the demo, Carlson’s week was down 2019-to-date and versus the same week in 2018.

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As a whole, Fox News had another big week in terms of viewership. Across primetime, which for Fox is a Carlson/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham lineup, FNC averaged 2.387 million total viewers, with 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. March 11 through March 17 marked nine straight weeks for Fox as the No. 1 cable network.

Below are channels ranking 2 through 5 in primetime-audience averages:
2.    ESPN (1,935,000)
3.    MSNBC (1,868,000)
4.    HGTV (1,283,000)
5.    History (1,180,000)

CNN checked in at eleventh in primetime, averaging 939,000 total viewers for the important day part.

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The latest outcry again Carlson arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

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Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

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‘The Voice’ Drowns Out ‘American Idol’ In Season’s First Faceoff On Monday

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NBC’s The Voice (1.7 demo rating, 9.734 million viewers) dominated Monday night in both metrics, topping ABC’s Monday launch of American Idol (1.1, 6.047M) by 6/10ths in the demo and 3.7M viewers.
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Ratings: ABC’s ‘The Fix’ Is a Bit Broken in Premiere

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ABC’s “American Idol” made its Monday premiere last night, but the singing competition couldn’t mask the disappointing debut rating for Marcia Clark’s “The Fix.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m posted a 1.7/7 and 9.7 million viewers. “The Enemy Within” at 10 had a 0.8/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 5.51 million. “The Resident” at 8 received a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “9-1-1” put up a 1.2/8 and 5.9 million viewers.

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ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 5.49 million. The “American Idol” time slot premiere landed a 1.1/5 and 6 million viewers from 8 to 10. At 10, “The Fix” debut managed a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 5.3 million. Between repeats, “Man With a Plan” at 8:30 got a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. “Bull” at 10 had a 0.7/3 and 6.3 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million and Telemundo sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 937,000 viewers. At 8, “Arrow” got a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. The “Black Lightning” season finale at 9 received a 0.2/1 and 849,000 viewers.

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ Dips to New Series Low – Not Good

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NBC’s “Good Girls” slipped Sunday in ratings, settling for a new series low. Right, not good.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, a two-hour “American Idol” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 7.1 million viewers. “Shark Tank” at 10 had a 0.9/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and first in viewers with 7.9 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” put up a 1.1/6 and 9.9 million viewers. “God Friended Me” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 7.8 million viewers. At 9, “NCIS: Los Angeles” received a 0.9/4 and 8.3 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 10 finished primetime off with a 0.5/3 and 5.5 million viewers.

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NBC and Fox tie for third in ratings, both with a 0.6/3. NBC was third in total viewers with 3.2 million, Fox was fourth with 1.8 million.

For NBC, following a repeat, a two-hour “World of Dance” from 8 to 10 averaged a 0.8/4 and 3.7 million viewers. “Good Girls” at 10 settled for a 0.5/2 and 2.4 million viewers.

For Fox, following a rerun, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 2 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 got a 0.9/4 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, “Family Guy” received a 0.8/3 and 2 million viewers. Another repeat closed primetime.

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Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 933,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 814,000. “Supergirl” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers. “Charmed” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 665,000 viewers.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Front Slow Thursday

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With no original The Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon on CBS, Grey’s Anatomy (1.4 demo rating, 6.174 million viewers) emerged as the No. 1 show of Thursday night, though it dropped 1/10th in the demo  tenth week to equal its series low.
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Ratings: Fox Ties for First With iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Return to Broadcast

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ABC and Fox tied for first place in the key 18-49 ratings demo Thursday, when CBS aired repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” Fox’s primetime consisted entirely of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which returned to broadcast for the first time since 2015.

CBS finished first in total-viewer averages in last night’s primetime.

In March 2015, the iHeartRadio Music Awards — then on NBC — posted a 1.7 demo rating and 5.3 million viewers. This one didn’t come close to those Nielsen numbers. The annual awards show ran on Turner’s cable channels between then and now.

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ABC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3 million.

For ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 6.7 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” had a 0.8/4 and 5.2 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 got a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

The only telecast on Fox’s primetime was the iHeart Awards, averaging the above-mentioned numbers.

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CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and first in viewers with 5.4 million. Between repeats, “Fam” at 8:30 received a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers. Another “Fam” at 9:30 had a 0.8/3 and 4.8 million viewers. Another rerun followed.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 3.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 got a 1.0/5 and 3.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” received a 0.6/3 and 2.4 million viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 2.3 million viewers. “Will & Grace” at 9:30 closed out the comedy block with a 0.6/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” finished off primetime to a 0.8/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

Univision, The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, CW was sixth with 1.3 million, and Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” got a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

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“Empire” returned from winter hiatus on Wednesday, airing its first original episode since star Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. It didn’t receive a warm welcome from viewers.

Last night’s 8 p.m. episode settled for a 1.3 demo rating/6 share among adults 18-49, and 4.412 million total viewers — those Nielsen numbers are way down from last year’s comparable hour, and are even down double digits versus the hip-hop soap opera’s fall finale.

The previous original “Empire” episode on Dec. 5 had a 1.5 rating and 5.043 million total viewers. Last year’s midseason return put up a 2.0 rating and tallied 6.217 million viewers.

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We’ll save you the math: All of that data means that Wednesday’s hour was down 13 percent in both the demo and for the overall audience versus the fall finale, and down a heaping 35 percent in the demo and 29 percent in viewers from last year’s midseason premiere episode.

As a matter of fact, last night’s “Empire” drew the second-smallest audience and second-worst demo rating ever for “Empire.” The only episode to draw fewer “live” eyeballs (4.229 million) and a lower demo rating (a 1.2) aired on Halloween 2018, which makes sense, as people were celebrating the holiday and not in front of their TVs.

That said, Fox and its regular abbreviated (compared with CBS, ABC and NBC) primetime schedule still finished first in key-demo averages, but it just barely edged ABC — with a different of 17,000 viewers — for third in terms of total viewers. NBC aired all reruns last night and still landed a bigger audience than both of those nets.

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Fox was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.05 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following “Empire,” “Star” at 9 had a 1.1/5 and 3.7 million viewers.

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CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/4. CBS was first in total viewers with 5 million, ABC was fourth with 4.03 million.

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For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 got a 1.5/7 and 7.6 million viewers. From 9 to 11, the season finale of “The World’s Best” managed a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 4.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “Schooled” got a 1.0/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 1.2/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 closed the comedy block with a 0.8/4 and 3.4 million viewers. “Whiskey Cavalier” finished off primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and second in viewers with 4.2 million, running all repeats.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 833,000. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.3/2 and 1 million viewers. At 9, “All American” got a 0.2/1 and 629,000 viewers.

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Colton Underwood found love last night on the season finale of “The Bachelor,” and ABC found a Tuesday ratings win in the key demo.

Thanks to “NCIS,” CBS easily won primetime in total viewers.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Part 2 of the “Bachelor” finale posted a 2.3 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.062 million viewers. Last year’s comparable conclusion aired over three hours on Monday, March 5, 2018, averaging a 2.2 demo rating and 7.938 million total viewers. That elongated episode marked season-finale lows for the series, though a few “Bachelorette” season finales have done worse.

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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.35 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following “The Bachelor,” a preview premiere of “Videos After Dark” at 10 had a 0.8/4 and 2.9 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/6 and third in viewers with 6.32 million. “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 got a 1.2/5 and 5.3 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 put up a 1.8/7 and 7.5 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 received a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/4, but first in viewers with 9.3 million. “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.1/5 and 11.9 million viewers. “F.B.I.” at 9 had a 1.0/4 and 9 million viewers. At 10, “NCIS: New Orleans” got a 0.7/3 and 7.1 million viewers.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million. Those were the results of the two-hour “MasterChef Jr.” premiere.

Univision, The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million; CW was sixth with 1.2 million; Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Roswell, New Mexico” got a 0.2/1 and 938,000 viewers.

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‘Empire’ Returns for First Episode Since Jussie Smollett Arrest: How Will It Do in Ratings?

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“Empire” returns to Fox Wednesday for its Season 5 midseason premiere — the first new episode since Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.

As a matter of fact, Wednesday will mark the first new episode of the hip-hop soap since well before Smollett — who plays the openly-gay Jamal Lyon — told Chicago cops he was assaulted on Jan. 29.

The last original “Empire” aired on Dec. 5, which ended with Jeff Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) telling Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Andre (Trai Byers), Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Jamal that he is Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) son and a flash-forward showing Andre flatlining in front of his parents, giving fans more fuel for their theories about who is in that casket in all those other flash-forward scenes we’ve seen this season.

With Jamal’s real-life counterpart indicted on 16 felony counts by a Chicago grand jury last week and set to appear in court this Thursday, will the Lyon family’s Nielsen-ratings roar be quieter due to Smollett’s current standing in the court of public opinion? Or could viewers’ curiosity about what happens to Jamal — who has been written out of the season’s final two episodes — cause a bump?

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In Live + 7 day data, this season of “Empire” is down 15 percent among adults 18-49 — a 2.3 vs. a 2.7 — which is the demographic most sought-after by companies that advertise on primetime entertainment programming. The Fox drama is down 7 percent in total viewers, with an average of 7.2 million per episode vs. last season’s 7.7 million.

Last year’s mid-season return came on March 28, when it posted a 2.0 “live” rating in the demo and 6.217 million viewers overall. The show’s night-of viewing has taking a disproportionate hit compared with those week-of declines. That’s not unusual.

All told, Season 4 averaged a 1.9 Live + Same Day rating and 5.850 million total viewers. To-date, Season 5 is down 21 percent in the demo and 13 percent overall from last year’s benchmarks.

What that means is should seasonal trends stay true, expect Wednesday’s episode, titled “My Fault Is Past,” to draw a 1.6 “live” rating and 5.409 million total viewers. We expect a curiosity-based boost, however. While we’re not going to wager a specific guess on this one, one TV ratings expert at a competing network told TheWrap they expect about a 5 to 10 percent gain from what the Season 5B premiere might have otherwise received.

Fox declined to participate in this story.

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Smollett surrendered himself to Chicago police on Feb. 21, hours after he was formally charged. He was released from police custody later that afternoon, after posting bail and surrendering his passport following a bond hearing.

“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” Smollett’s team said in a statement that day. “The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election. Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Within hours of his release from police custody, Smollett returned to work on the set of “Empire.” However, the following day, executive producers announced that they had decided to remove the actor from the final two episodes of Season 5.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” read the statement from “Empire” co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, showrunner Brett Mahoney, and executive producers Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer.

“Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply,” the statement continued. “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

The decision to cut Smollett came after “Empire” studio 20th Century Fox stated last month it was “considering [its] options” following the news of his arrest. A day earlier, the studio had renewed its support for the actor, saying, “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show.”

“Empire” Season 5 returns Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox.

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Emmy Rossum’s ‘Shameless’ Farewell Is Most-Watched Episode of Season 9

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Fiona Gallagher left her family Sunday night and Emmy Rossum left “Shameless,” giving the Showtime drama its most-watched episode of the ninth season as her parting gift.

At 9 p.m., “Shameless’s” Season 9 finale hit a season high with 1.34 million total linear viewers, which is a 19 percent increase from the previous week’s episode and up 3 percent from the current season’s premiere, according to Live + Same Day data from Nielsen.

Including replays, on-demand viewing and streaming, the finale rose to a total of 2.24 million viewers, which is up 10 percent from last week’s overall-eyeballs tally when adding in those platforms, and slightly above the Season 9 premiere, which scored 2.23 million total viewers with those numbers counted.

It was also the eight-highest-rated program across cable for the evening in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

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Rossum announced she was leaving “Shameless” last August, giving fans plenty of time to get used to the Fiona-less cast before the ninth season premiered the next month.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” the star wrote in a long open letter on Facebook at the time. “There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

“Shameless” was renewed for Season 10 by Showtime in January, with all of the Gallagher family set to return for the next installment — with the exception of Rossum, of course.

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Macy, Kenney, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Christian Isaiah and even Cameron Monaghan are coming back for the next season of what will now be Showtime’s longest-running series ever. Production on Season 10 will begin this year.

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Tucker Carlson’s Ratings Dip in 1st Show Since Resurfaced Comments About Rape, Women

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Tucker Carlson’s show slipped a bit in demo ratings on Monday, which was the Fox News host’s first episode since Media Matters unearthed old audio of Carlson making crude remarks about women and statutory rape during radio interviews.

Last night’s program drew 2.895 million viewers, with 495,000 of those coming from the key adults 25-54 demographic. Those numbers topped all of Tucker’s cable news competition, but they’re down from his quarter-to-date averages.

Versus last Monday (2.862 million) and the same night last year (2.791 million), Carlson’s latest episode ticked up in total viewers.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson addressed the online boycotts against him during Monday’s show. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Carlson is the host of cable news’ No. 2 show, sitting just behind fellow Fox News program “Hannity,” which airs after his. That means Carlson owns his 8 p.m. hour among direct competition, and that claim holds true for both total viewers and among adults 25-54, which is the key demographic for companies advertising on news programming.

We can extrapolate that even further: Carlson has the most-watched show at 8 p.m. in all of cable, including the ESPNs and HGTVs of the world. Among his main demo, Carlson currently ranks below ESPN and USA Network.

For 2019 to-date, Carlson episodes are averaging 2.937 million total viewers per episode, with 525,000 of those coming from the main demo.

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Carlson has lost dozens of sponsors over a series of comments led to backlash. In December, he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. Carlson subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said on Sunday. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”