Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.60
World of Dance (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 4.71
Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/5 3.65
CMA Fest (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 0.9/5 4.72
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.1/1 0.82
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 0.9/5 3.02
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.64
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.57
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.77
Reverie (NBC) – F 0.4/2 2.03


CBS’ “Big Brother” won the Wednesday primetime ratings yet again this week in adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating and 5.60 million viewers, even with it’s episode last Wednesday. ABC’s broadcast of the annual “CMA Fest” grabbed a 0.9 average across its 3-hour-long run time as well, down three-tenths from the 1.2 that it had scored last year. “CMA Fest” did, however, give “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” a bit of a bump in the late-night ratings (see below).

Elsewhere, NBC’s “World of Dance” continued to hold steady in its new Wednesday night time slot, maintaining a 1.1 rating for the second week in a row. The first season finale of “Reverie” (0.4) rounded out the night for the network, even with past few episodes and its season average.

After experiencing a small dip last week, FOX’s “MasterChef” was back up a tenth to a 1.0 this time around. “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” followed it up, returning from a week off, steady with another 0.9.

On the CW, “Burden of Truth” slipped with its third episode, falling one-tenth from a 0.2 to a 0.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.9/5 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.34 3.82 4.72 3.67 0.69


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 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, 1.1/4


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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