Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday feature a swap among the night’s two top shows and fairly steady ratings for an annual music special on ABC:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 5.78
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.7/7 9.14
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/4 3.71
CMA Music Festival (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.1/4 5.54
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.41
9 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.8/3 4.96
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.6/2 2.70
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.37
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.24
10 p.m. American Gothic (CBS) 0.5/2 2.52


Wednesday’s “Big Brother” was up in the ratings and took over the No. 1 spot in adults 18-49 from “America’s Got Talent.”

“Big Brother” earned a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, up 0.2 from last week. “America’s Got Talent,” meanwhile, tied last week’s season low at 1.7.

ABC’s annual broadcast of the CMA Music Festival posted a 1.1, off slightly from last year’s 1.2. “Masterchef” (1.1) was up week to week with a two-hour block on FOX, while two hours of “The Night Shift” (0.8) fell three tenths vs. a week ago for NBC.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.0/4  0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 3.71 6.35 5.54 3.67 1.36


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“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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