Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.6/8 5.82
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.5/8 9.63
Masterchef (FOX) 0.9/5 3.34
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.90
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.2/1 0.86
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.20
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.21
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – F 1.0/5 3.19
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.30
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.82
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.68
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.92
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.81
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.91


CBS’ “Big Brother” barely won the Wednesday primetime ratings this week in the adults 18-49 demo, with the same 1.6 rating it had scored a week ago and 5.82 million viewers.

It placed just above the first Wednesday broadcast of “America’s Got Talent” this season, which scored a 1.5, pending updates, and beat “Big Brother” in total viewers with 9.63 million. It was the most-watched broadcast of the night. Also on NBC, “World of Dance” maintained its previous 1.1 yet again, despite being pushed by “Got Talent” into the 9 p.m. time slot.

FOX’s “MasterChef” was down a tenth from its previous 1.0 to a 0.9, while the season finale of “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (1.0) actually rose one-tenth week-to-week. The CW’s “Burden of Truth” came back from its dip last week, rising from a 0.1 to a 0.2.

Despite losing to CBS in the 8 p.m. time slot, NBC easily beat the other Big 4 networks for the no. 1 overall spot of the night with a 1.2 average. FOX came in second with a 1.0, followed by CBS (0.8), ABC (0.5), and the CW (0.2). NBC also led in total viewers with 6.68 million, significantly more than what CBS averaged (3.85 million) in second place.

NBC won the late-night metered market ratings as well, with “The Tonight Show” (0.5) and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.3) leading in their respective time slots.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/6 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.68 3.26 3.85 2.23 0.77


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


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.

  • ‘Big Brother’ adjusts up, ‘Supergirl’ encore adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings – TV By The Numbers by

    […] of Wednesday night’s early adults 18-49 ratings held in the finals this afternoon. CBS’ “Big Brother” hit a new season high by […]


  • ‘Big Brother’ adjusts up, ‘Supergirl’ encore adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings – TV By The Numbers by

    […] articlePrevious articleDaily RatingsTV Ratings Wednesday: 'MasterChef' dips, 'Burden of Truth' ticks upNext articleNext articleDaily RatingsWednesday cable ratings: 'Queen Sugar' holds steady, […]


blog comments powered by Disqus