TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Masterchef’ rise


Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday include improvements more or less across the board for original shows, and even some repeats:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 2.0/8 6.40
America’s Got Talent (NBC) – R 1.4/6 7.18
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.3/5 4.11
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.54
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.50
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.14
9 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2.1/8 10.48
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.72
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.31
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.26
9:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.45
Whose Line Is it Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.16
10 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) 1.1/4 5.59
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.9/4 2.78
American Gothic (CBS) 0.5/2 2.58
10:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.25


Wednesday’s three top shows both got a ratings bump this week. “America’s Got Talent” (2.1 in adults 18-49) improved by three tenths of a point over its last Wednesday airing, and “Big Brother” (2.0) rose two tenths to tie a season high (it also set a new season high in viewers). FOX’s “Masterchef” (1.3) was up a tenth vs. its last new episode as well.

“The Night Shift” (1.1) and “American Gothic” (0.5) were also up vs. their most recent episodes. The CW’s lineup was steady, and reruns on ABC and CBS also ticked up not having to air opposite the Olympics.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.8/3  0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.75 4.11 4.09 2.81 1.36


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.1/1, 0.9/3

: 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.

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