Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday include a good showing for a FOX premiere and OK numbers for “Survivor’s” season finale:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 2.7/9 7.57
Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 2.0/7 9.14
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.7/6 6.13
A Pentatonix Christmas Special (NBC) 1.4/5 7.49
Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (The CW) – S 0.3/1 1.27
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.6/6 5.41
9 p.m. Star (FOX) – P 2.2/7 6.73
Modern Family (ABC) 2.0/7 6.83
SNL Christmas 2016 (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.5/5 5.75
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.03
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.6/5 5.51
10 p.m. Survivor Reunion (CBS) – S 1.4/5 6.68
Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.2/4 6.17


FOX’s new drama “Star” got off to a fairly strong start Wednesday night. Its 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 is tied for the second-best drama debut of the season (along with “Bull,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Designated Survivor”) and fourth-best series premiere overall on the broadcast networks. It was also in line with your predictions for its performance.

The fall finale of “Empire” was also up week to week despite airing earlier; it rose two tenths of a point to a 2.7.

The finale of “Survivor” scored a 2.0, pending updates, which is down a little from both of last season’s finales (2.2 for fall, 2.1 for spring). The finale ended at 10:13 p.m. ET, so some revision is possible in the final ratings.

“The Goldbergs” (1.7), “Speechless” (1.5) and “Black-ish” (1.6) all improved on last week’s ratings for ABC, and “Designated Survivor” (1.2) also ticked up. “Modern Family,” however, was down two tenths from its last episode at 2.0. NBC’s “Pentatonix Christmas Special” (1.6) and “SNL Christmas” (1.5) both put up decent numbers as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/8 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.15 8.32 6.04 6.33 1.15


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.0/5, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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