Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) 1.8/9 6.51
Survivor (CBS) 1.2/6 6.86
87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.1/6 6.89
The Goldbergs (ABC) 0.8/5 4.08
Riverdale (The CW) 0.2/1 0.70
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.6/3 3.11
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 0.9/5 3.79
The Moodys (FOX) – P 0.8/4 3.29
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/4 5.43
Nancy Drew (The CW) 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.6/3 2.58
The Moodys (FOX) 0.6/3 2.39
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.5/3 4.20
Stumptown (ABC) 0.5/3 2.92
Making It (NBC) 0.5/3 2.83


After taking last week off, “The Masked Singer” unsurprisingly returned to the top of the Wednesday primetime ratings.

The FOX reality-competition series topped all of the night’s shows in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.8 rating, down just a tenth from its last outing, and raked in a 6.51 million viewer audience for itself. It was followed by the premiere of the network’s holiday-set comedy, “The Moodys,” which averaged a 0.7 rating and 2.84 million viewers across its first 2 episodes. While those numbers aren’t particularly impressive, they are enough to put “The Moodys” ahead of “Almost Family’s” performance in the same time slot this fall.

CBS’ “Survivor” placed second in the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating, back up one-tenth from its 1.1 a week ago. “SEAL Team” followed it with a 0.7, down from its 0.8 last week.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (0.8) and “Schooled” (0.6) both returned with new season lows in the 18-49 demo. “Modern Family” (0.9), however, returned steady with its previous episode, as did “Single Parents” (0.6) and “Stumptown” (0.5). The CW’s “Riverdale” (0.2) and “Nancy Drew” (0.2) similarly returned even with their most recent outings.

Rounding out the night, NBC generated a 1.1 rating and 6.89 million viewers from its annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special, down a bit from the 1.3 and 8.4 million viewer audience that the special scored last year. At 10 p.m., “Making It” grabbed its third straight 0.5 rating, and posted its largest audience (2.83 million) of the week so far.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/6 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.67 5.53 5.50 3.23 0.69



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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