Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.5/7 9.76
Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/7 5.71
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 3.36
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.13
Burden of Truth (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.61
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.38
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.09
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.44
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.74
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.49
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.05
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.88
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.97


“America’s Got Talent” led the Wednesday night ratings in total viewers yet again this week, raking in an audience of 9.76 million in the 8 p.m. time slot. The NBC series also scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, even with its preliminary rating last Wednesday, but down a tenth from its 1.6 final.

CBS’ “Big Brother” tied with “Got Talent” for the no. 1 spot of the night, scoring the same 1.5 in the 18-49 demo head-to-head, but lost in total viewers (9.76 vs. 5.71 million). “Big Brother” was also down a tenth week-to-week from its previous 1.6.

After hitting a new best in its Wednesday night time slot last week too, “World of Dance” ticked back down one-tenth from a 1.2 to a 1.1. Rounding out the night’s few original broadcasts, another 2-hour edition of “MasterChef” maintained its previous 1.0 for the second week in a row on FOX.

In the network race, the standings remained relatively status quo week-to-week. NBC stayed in the no. 1 spot with a 1.2 overall rating in 18-49, followed by FOX (1.0) in second place and CBS (0.8) in third. ABC (0.6) and The CW (0.1) came fourth and fifth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.64 3.36 3.81 2.37 0.55


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

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

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