Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.6/8 5.66
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.5/8 9.53
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 3.28
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.61
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.2/1 0.86
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.18
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.2/5 5.10
The Story of the Royals (9-11 p.m.) – P 0.6/3 4.00
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.90
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.63
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.91


NBC’s “World of Dance” had its best Wednesday broadcast to date, since moving to the new night 5 weeks ago, scoring a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 – its highest-rated episode since July 24. As a result, “Dance” easily won its 9-11 p.m. time slot, while “America’s Got Talent” came in second in at 8 p.m. with the same 1.5 it had scored last Wednesday.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Big Brother” led the night in the 18-49 demographic yet again, scoring the same 1.6 premilinary as it did a week ago, before adjusting up a tenth in the finals to a 1.7. It lost, however, in total viewers (5.66 million) to “Got Talent” (9.33 million).

On FOX, a 2-hour edition of “MasterChef” managed to tick back up a tenth to a 1.0, after its last episode fell to a 0.9. ABC’s “The Story of the Royals” raked in a 0.6 average for the network, while the CW’s “Burden of Truth” held steady with another 0.2 and scored its largest audience (860,000 viewers) since its series premiere, pending updates.

NBC led the network race again in both measures with a 1.3 average in the 18-49 demo and an overall average of 6.57 million viewers. FOX came in second in the demo with a 1.0, landing above CBS (0.8).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/7 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.57 3.28 3.82 3.20 0.75


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

11:35 p.m.

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

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

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

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

“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.

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