Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.5/7 7.72
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.70
Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night (NBC) – R 0.5/2 3.17
Empire (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.83
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.08
8:30 p.m. Shrek the Halls (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.19
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.76
Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.70
Star (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.43
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.92
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.09
10 p.m. Survivor (CBS) – S 1.2/6 6.15
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.41
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.91
10:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.74


CBS’ “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” took an easy ratings win Wednesday night.

The show’s 2-hour season finale scored the no. 1 spot in the primetime ratings with a 1.5 among adults 18-49 and 7.72 million viewers. This was up a tenth from the “Survivor” spring finale earlier this year, but down from the 1.9 that its 2017 fall season finale had scored.

A special, post-season “Survivor” reunion special rounded out the night for the network with a 1.2 and 6.15 million viewers.

The “Survivor” finale and reunion were Wednesday’s only original broadcasts, while ABC, FOX, NBC, and the CW all aired either repeats or holiday specials. ABC’s “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and “Shrek the Halls” were the highest-rated of the night’s encores, with matching 0.7s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.20 2.56 2.76 1.63 1.00


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

11:35 p.m.

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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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