TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Empire,’ ‘Modern Family’ rise, ‘Criminal Minds’ ties series low

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.8/7 8.93
Empire (FOX) 1.8/7 5.70
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.5/6 5.40
A Very Pentatonix Christmas (NBC) – R 0.8/3 4.85
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.46
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.1/4 4.25
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.7/7 5.78
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.3/5 6.19
Star (FOX) 1.2/4 4.01
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.1/4 6.82
Dynasty (The CW) 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.2/5 4.56
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/5 6.47
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.9/4 5.28
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.7/3 3.91


Wednesday was an up night for several shows, but a long-running series tied its all-time low in the ratings.

First, the good: “Empire” (1.8 rating among adults 18-49), “Modern Family” (1.7), “The Goldbergs” (1.5) and “American Housewife” (1.2) all improved their numbers week to week. The first three were up a tenth of a point, and “American Housewife” rose two tenths.

On the downside, “Criminal Minds” was off a tenth vs. its last episode tied its series low with a 0.9. “Law & Order: SVU” (1.3, -0.2) and “Chicago PD” (1.2, -0.1) declined as well but were in line with their season averages.

“Survivor” tied “Empire” as the night’s top show in adults 18-49 and was even with last week in the demo. It had its largest total audience of the season. “Riverdale,” “Dynasty,” “Speechless,” “Star,” “SEAL Team” and “Designated Survivor” were all steady too.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.3/5 1.2/5 1.1/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.85 7.01 4.63 5.84 1.07


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“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. 
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Source: The Nielsen Company.