Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.49
Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.03
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 8.13
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/5 4.89
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.11
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.00
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/6 4.85
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/5 7.91
Star (FOX) 1.2/5 3.91
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.32
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.67
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.8/3 3.37
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.82
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.49
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 3.21


With back-to-back fall finales, it was an up and down Wednesday night for FOX.

“Empire” tied for the no. 1 spot of the night with a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, even with its preliminary rating last week but down a tenth from its 1.6 final. Meanwhile, “Star” managed to tick up from a 1.1 to a 1.2, making it the show’s highest-rated episode since Oct. 17.

NBC’s “One Chicago” lineup returned from a 2-week break for their fall finales as well, with “Chicago Med” matching its last episode’s 1.2, and “Chicago Fire” (1.2) dropping a tenth. “Chicago P.D.” went the other way though, climbing up from a 1.0 to a 1.1.

Elsewhere, it was a mostly steady night for ABC, as “The Goldbergs” (1.2), “American Housewife” (0.9), and “Modern Family” (1.3) all stayed even. “Single Parents” (0.8) and “A Million Little Things” (0.7) were, however, both down a tenth, with the former hitting a new series low.

On CBS, “Survivor” (1.5) also slipped a tenth week-to-week, while “SEAL Team” (0.8) and “Criminal Minds” (0.7) returned down one to two-tenths. The CW’s “Riverdale” held steady with another 0.4, and “All American” ticked down from its previous 0.3 to a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.47 7.62 5.77 3.92 0.89


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 1.9/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“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: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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