Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/8 7.83
Empire (FOX) 1.1/5 3.79
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.28
Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.31
Riverdale (The CW) 0.2/2 0.83
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.69
9 p.m. The Amazing Race (CBS) – P 1.2/6 5.80
Star (FOX) 0.9/4 3.28
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.86
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.77
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/2 0.69
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.24
10 p.m. SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/4 4.55
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.5/3 3.43
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.5/3 2.84


“The Amazing Race” returned in fairly steady fashion Wednesday night, helping to give CBS the win in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures.

The reality-competition series premiered at 9 p.m., and scored a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 with 5.80 million viewers, down from the 1.6 rating that its premiere scored last year, but even with its previous season’s overall 18-49 average. Its lead-in, “Survivor,” stayed even steady with yet another 1.5 and 7.83 million viewers, making it the night’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast.

“SEAL Team” rounded out the night for CBS with a 0.7, up a tenth from the 0.6 it scored a week ago. Elsewhere, FOX’s “Empire” (1.1) and “Star” (0.9) both held steady week-to-week. The same could not be said for ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier,” which capped off a night of comedy reruns for the network by ticking down a tenth to a 0.5, tying its season low.

On the CW, “Riverdale” returned down from its last episode’s 0.3 to a series low 0.2, while “Jane the Virgin” held onto its previous 0.2. NBC took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.2/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.06 3.53 3.86 2.76 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4


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.
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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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