Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday include NBC’s annual musical and low numbers pretty much everywhere else:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Hairspray Live (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.3/8 8.92
Survivor (CBS) 1.7/6 8.39
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.5/5 5.40
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.4/5 6.25
Arrow (The CW) 0.7/3 1.94
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.3/5 4.55
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 2.5/8 7.00
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.3/5 7.73
Modern Family (ABC) – R 1.1/4 4.23
Frequency (The CW) 0.2/1 0.87
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.2/4 4.19
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 1.1/4 6.72
Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.1/4 5.18


NBC led Wednesday’s primetime ratings with “Hairspray Live,” but the network’s fourth annual live musical presentation is shaping up as the lowest-rated of the bunch.

Pending updates, “Hairspray Live” averaged a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.92 million viewers, slightly behind the 2.4 and 9.21 million for “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. Last year’s “The Wiz Live” posted a 3.4 and 11.5 million viewers. “The Sound of Music Live” scored a 4.6 and 18.6 million viewers in 2013.

“Hairspray” did, however, seem to poach viewers from other networks, as ratings for ABC, CBS and FOX were down. “The Goldbergs” (1.5), “Speechless” (1.3), “Black-ish” (1.2) and “Designated Survivor” (1.1) all hit season lows for ABC, as did “Lethal Weapon” (1.4) and “Empire” (series low 2.5) on FOX.

“Code Black” ticked up vs. last week to a 1.1 on CBS, but “Survivor” (1.7) and “Criminal Minds” (1.3) both fell. “Arrow” scored a 0.7 for The CW, returning to its usual rating after last week’s crossover-induced season high. “Frequency” was also down at 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.3/8 2.0/7 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.92 6.62 7.61 4.79 1.41


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/5, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 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: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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