Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Note: Some CBS and NBC affiliates carried an NFL preseason game, so the networks’ ratings may be subject to greater adjustments than usual.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 6.20
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.4/5 4.21
America’s Got Talent (NBC) – R 1.3/5 6.96
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.46
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.5/2 1.75
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.11
9 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2.1/8 10.77
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.15
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.20
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.37
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.53
Whose Line Is it Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.39
10 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) – F 1.2/5 5.80
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.53
American Gothic (CBS) 0.5/2 2.56
10:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.27


The season finale of “The Night Shift”Wednesday tied its season high among adults 18-49, scoring a 1.2 rating in the demographic, pending updates for local pre-emptions. It helped NBC to another victory along with “America’s Got Talent” (2.1), which was even with last week.

CBS’ “Big Brother” fell some from its season high a week ago, dropping three tenths of a point to 1.8, pending updates. FOX’s “Masterchef” (1.4) rose a tenth, as did “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.5, pending updates) on The CW. “American Gothic” (0.5) held steady on CBS.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.4/5 1.0/4 0.8/3  0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.84 4.21 3.99 2.84 1.56


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

: 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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