Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Note: Local pre-emptions for an NFL preseason game could result in greater adjustments than usual for ABC, The CW and CBS.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 2.0/9 6.59
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – clip show 1.4/6 7.24
Masterchef (FOX) 0.9/4 3.41
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/4 3.55
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.96
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.24
9 p.m. The Story of Diana, Part 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/4 6.13
Salvation (CBS) 0.6/3 3.44
The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (FOX) 0.5/2 1.69
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.88
10 p.m. The Carmichael Show (NBC) 0.8/3 3.13
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.07
10:30 p.m. The Carmichael Show (NBC) – F 0.7/3 2.54


The final two episodes of “The Carmichael Show” were pretty much in line with the show’s season average. Following an “America’s Got Talent” clip show Wednesday night, the 10 p.m. episode of “Carmichael” scored a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49, a little above its season average, and the series finale at 10:30 came in at 0.7, in line with its average.

The “AGT” clip show scored a 1.4 for NBC, helping the network win the night in the 18-49 demographic.

“Big Brother” remained the night’s top show with a 2.0, pending updates for a local NFL pre-emption. “Salvation” (0.6) is up a tenth of a point, pending updates.

“Masterchef” (0.9) and “The F Word” (0.5) were each off a tenth from last week. Part 1 of “The Story of Diana” on ABC earned a 1.0, pending updates.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.77 4.37 5.22 2.55 0.92


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.3/6

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 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: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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