Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.3/7 4.48
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.1/6 7.95
MasterChef (FOX) 0.7/4 3.05
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.54
Bulletproof (The CW) 0.1/1 0.62
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.94
9 p.m. BH90210 (FOX) 0.8/4 2.25
Songland (NBC) 0.7/4 3.68
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.48
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.93
Hypnotize Me (The CW) 0.2/1 0.70
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.3/2 1.61
10 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.4/3 2.30
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 0.4/2 1.95
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.63


After tying with “America’s Got Talent” for the no. 1 spot a week ago, “Big Brother” scored a solo victory in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week.

The CBS reality-competition series won the night with a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.48 million viewers, tying its season high rating from this past Sunday and up two-tenths from the 1.1 it scored last Wednesday. It was, once again, followed by a pair of reruns in the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” came second in the night with a 1.1 rating, steady with its Wednesday debut from last week, and raked in the night’s largest audience (7.95 million viewers). At 9 p.m., its lead-out, “Songland,” scored the same 0.7 that it did last week. Meanwhile, a new “Hollywood Game Night” capped off the night for NBC with a 0.4 and 1.95 million viewers.

On FOX, “MasterChef” slipped a little week-to-week, ticking down from its previous 0.8 to a 0.7. “BH90210” took another hit as well, falling two-tenths from a 1.0 to a 0.8. It won the night’s 9 p.m. hour by just one-tenth.

The CW’s “Bulletproof” grabbed its third straight 0.1. “Hypnotize Me,” however, is currently sitting at a 0.2, up one-tenth from its last outing.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.7/4 0.6/4 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 2.65 4.52 3.19 2.07 0.66


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.1/3

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.6/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.7/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.8/3


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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