Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.37
41st Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.6/3 6.58
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.04
Empire (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.74
Riverdale (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.48
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.61
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.36
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.52
Star (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.28
All American (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.31
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.02
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.7/3 4.48
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.97
Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R 0.3/1 3.02
10:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.72


CBS’ broadcast of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors was the only original broadcast to air Wednesday night.

The annual event posted a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 with 6.58 million viewers, down a tenth from the 0.7 that it had scored last year, and marking a new all-time low in the demo for the Honors. Elsewhere, repeats of “The Goldbergs” on ABC and “Chicago P.D.” on NBC tied for the no. 1 spot of the night with matching 0.7s.

A trio of “Chicago” repeats gave NBC the overall win of the night among the big 4 networks, with a 0.6 average in the demo and 4.30 million viewers. CBS and ABC tied for second with a pair of 0.5s, while FOX (0.4) came third and the CW (0.1) placed fourth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.30 5.39 2.37 1.51 0.40


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

11:35 p.m.

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3


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: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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