Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Note: The CW was pre-empted in Chicago for major league baseball, and NBC in Portland for an NBA playoff game, so ratings for those networks could be subject to greater adjustments than usual.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.1/8 9.33
The Middle (ABC) 1.6/6 6.66
Rosewood (FOX) 1.3/5 4.78
Arrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.28
Heartbeat (NBC) 0.8/3 4.69
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – clip show 1.6/6 5.81
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 3.7/12 9.85
Modern Family (ABC) – R 1.3/4 4.94
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 1.0/3 5.51
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.83
Supernatural (The CW) 0.7/2 1.67
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.5/5 5.00
10 p.m. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 1.2/4 6.49
Nashville (ABC) 0.9/3 3.84
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.7/2 3.76


“Empire” remained on top by a wide margin Wednesday, drawing a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 to match last week’s final number (it’s up 0.1 from the fast nationals a week ago). “Rosewood” (1.3) was up a tenth week to week for FOX.

“Survivor” (2.1) and “Nashville” (0.9) were also up a tenth vs. last week. ABC’s “The Middle” was down a tenth from its last episode to a 1.6, and “Black-ish” was steady at 1.5. “The Goldbergs” got a 1.6 from a clip show.

NBC’s “Heartbeat” (0.8) is currently even with last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted down to 0.7 in the finals). “Arrow” (0.9) is currently up vs. its last outing, pending updates, while “Supernatural” is even at 0.7. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (1.2) fell a tenth for CBS.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.5/9 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.8/3  0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 7.31 7.11 5.02 4.09 1.98


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.7/4

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

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3

: 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.

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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