Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.1/6 7.89
Big Brother (CBS) 1.1/6 4.20
MasterChef (FOX) 0.8/5 3.21
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/4 2.64
Bulletproof (The CW) 0.1/1 0.57
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – R 0.5/3 1.97
9 p.m. Songland (NBC) 0.7/4 3.53
BH90210 (FOX) 0.7/4 1.98
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.01
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.23
Hypnotize Me (The CW) 0.1/1 0.51
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.5/3 1.66
10 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.11
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.65
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 0.4/3 2.04


“America’s Got Talent” tied for the Wednesday night demo win this week, thanks to a ratings downtick from “Big Brother.”

“Got Talent” topped the night with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.89 million viewers, steady with its broadcast from a week ago. The NBC series also, once again, generated the night’s largest audience. “Songland” (0.7) and “Hollywood Game Night” (0.4) rounded out the night for NBC, and stayed even with their last outings.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Big Brother” matched “Got Talent’s” 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, down two-tenths from its 1.3 last Wednesday, and raked in the night’s second-largest audience (4.2 million viewers). It was CBS’ only original broadcast of the night, with “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.” reruns following it.

On FOX, “MasterChef” posted a 0.8 with 3.21 million viewers, up a tick from the 0.7 and 3.14 million viewers it scored a week ago. “BH90210,” however, took yet another ratings hit, slipping from its previous 0.8 to a 0.7.

It was a similarly mixed night for the CW, as “Bulletproof” matched its last episode’s 0.1, but “Hypnotize Me” dipped from a 0.2 to a 0.1. ABC, meanwhile, took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 2.60 4.49 3.02 2.08 0.54


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.6/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

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


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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