Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday feature original programming on CBS and a slew of reruns and specials on the other networks:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Undercover Boss (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.1/4 5.61
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 1.0/4 4.18
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – R 0.8/3 3.78
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC) – S 0.8/3 3.02
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (The CW) 0.3/1 0.83
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.43
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.95
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.32
Star (FOX) – R 0.7/3 2.64
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.64
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.98
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 0.9/4 5.94
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.45
Game Changers with Robin Roberts (ABC) – S 0.6/3 2.72


The season premiere of “Undercover Boss” opened lower for CBS Wednesday night. The two-hour debut averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, down half a point from last season’s premiere (which was also in late December) and a little below its season average from a year ago.

“Code Black” also aired a new episode and drew a 0.9, down 0.2 from its last episode.

Reruns and specials filled the other networks. NBC’s “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” matched the 0.8 for last year’s airing. Night 2 of “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” on The CW was even with Tuesday’s 0.3, and the ABC News special “Game Changers with Robin Roberts” drew a 0.6.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.72 3.33 3.27 3.21 0.73


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 1.0/3


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: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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