Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.57
World of Dance (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.26
Masterchef (FOX) 0.9/5 3.48
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.96
Burden of Proof (The CW) 0.2/1 0.83
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.37
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – R 0.7/3 2.31
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.32
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.70
The Originals (The CW) – F 0.3/1 0.87
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.02
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.01
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.14
Reverie (NBC) 0.4/2 2.18


“Big Brother” remained the highest-rated and most-watched broadcast of the night in the Wednesday primetime ratings yet again this week.

The CBS reality competition series maintained the same 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 for the second week in a row, this time with 5.57 million viewers vs last week’s 5.69 million (pending adjustments in the finals later today). However, despite “Big Brother” holding onto the top spot of the night, it was actually NBC that rose to the top of the Big 4 networks in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

“World of Dance” kicked things off for the network with a 1.1 average across its 2-hour runtime – up one-tenth from what its Wednesday debut had scored last week – before “Reverie” rounded out the night, even with another 0.4. This brought NBC’s overall average for the night to a 0.9 in 18-49 and 4.2 million total viewers, placing it above any of the other networks.

On FOX, “MasterChef” ticked down this week, falling a tenth from a 1.0 to a 0.9. Following its premiere last week, The CW’s “Burden of Truth” stayed even with a 0.2. Meanwhile, “The Originals” closed out its five-season run on the network in steady fashion, scoring the same 0.3 it had averaged throughout its season, with 870,000 viewers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.23 3.76 2.89 2.36 0.85


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 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: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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