Ratings: NBC Falls to Fourth With ‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale, a Royal Wedding Special

ABC leapfrogs competitor with “Modern Family” and “The Goldbergs” season finales

Last Updated: May 17, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Well, at least it wasn’t “The Blacklist” series finale: The season-ending episode of the James Spader drama didn’t quite light things up for NBC at 8 p.m. — neither did a Royal Wedding special at 10.

As a result, NBC dropped from a second-place tie last Wednesday to fourth place this week among adults 18-49. With a lineup of all season (and some series) finales, ABC was able to leapfrog its competitor and claim the key demo’s bronze medal.

“Empire” handed Fox another gold among young(-ish, towards the upper end of that age range, at least) adults. CBS finished first in terms of total viewers.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Empire” at 8 posted a 1.6/7 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “Star” received a 1.3/5 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and first in viewers with 6.5 million. “Survivor” at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 7.4 million viewers. At 9, the “SEAL Team” season finale had a 0.9/4 and 6.1 million viewers. “Code Black” at 10 got a 0.8/3 and 5.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and fourth in viewers with 4.1 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 landed a 1.2/6 and 5.1 million viewers. At 8:30, the ending for “Alex, Inc.” had a 0.8/3 and 3.3 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 earned a 1.3/5 and 5 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Housewife” saw a 1.1/4 and 4.1 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 concluded to a 0.6/3 and 3.6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3, but second in viewers with 4.7 million. “The Blacklist” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” got a 1.0/4 and 5.3 million viewers. “Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan” at 10 finished primetime with a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.2 million.

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

For The CW, the “Riverdale” season finale at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “The Originals” got a 0.3/1 and 813,000 viewers.