Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.71
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – P 1.2/5 5.95
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5 5.29
Empire (FOX) – R 0.6/3 2.18
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.21
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/4 4.61
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.71
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.0/4 6.54
Little Big Shots (NBC) – S 0.8/3 5.21
Star (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.62
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.71
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.9/4 3.62
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/3 5.40
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 3.37
A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.25


CBS won the Wednesday primetime ratings this week, starting with “Survivor” at 8 p.m., which maintained the same 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 it had scored a week ago. With its highest-rated episode since April as well, “SEAL Team” rose from its previous 0.8 to a 1.0, while “Criminal Minds” (0.8) ticked up a tenth and won the 10 p.m. hour.

“The Goldbergs” kicked off the night for ABC by falling from its last episode’s 1.2 to a 1.1. “American Housewife” (1.0) went the other way, and ticked up a tenth week-to-week, as did “Modern Family” (1.4) and “Single Parents” (0.9). “A Million Little Things” stayed steady with another 0.7 – its final Wednesday rating before moving to Thursday nights next year.

Meanwhile, it was a night of specials on NBC. Holiday editions of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.2) and “Little Big Shots” (0.8) filled the network’s first two primetime hours, leading into an encore broadcast of “A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy” (0.4) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, the CW’s “Riverdale” (0.4) and “All American” (0.2) matched their episodes from last Wednesday, and FOX took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.55 4.33 4.47 1.90 0.96


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 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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