Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.1/8 9.03
The Middle (ABC) 1.9/7 7.07
Rosewood (FOX) 1.5/5 5.21
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) 1.1/4 6.64
Arrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.36
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 2.1/7 6.48
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 4.8/15 12.19
Modern Family (ABC) 2.7/8 7.73
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.6/5 8.34
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5/5 6.34
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.62
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.8/5 5.8
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.4/4 6.23
Code Black (CBS) 1.2/4 7.13
Nashville (ABC) 1.1/3 4.55


“Empire” saw its ratings go up for the first time this season, halting a three-week decline since its second-season premiere. The show improved by 0.2 in adults 18-49 vs. last week’s fast nationals and continued its reign as the top-rated show on broadcast TV.

Wednesday was a fairly stable night overall for the networks, with most shows in line with their ratings from a week ago. “The Goldbergs” (2.1), “Modern Family” (2.7) each improved a tenth for ABC, as did “Rosewood” on FOX and “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC. “The Middle,” “Black-ish,” “Survivor,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Arrow” and “Code Black” all held steady.

“Supernatural” saw the night’s biggest decline, falling 0.2 vs. last week to a 0.6 and tying a series low. “Criminal Minds” (1.6, a series low), “Chicago PD” (1.4, also a series low) and “Nashville” (1.1) all lost a tenth compared to last week’s early numbers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.1/10 1.8/6 1.6/5 1.3/4  0.7/2
Total Viewers (000s) 8.70 6.03 8.16 6.40  1.99


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.9/4, 2.5/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.8/4, 2.2/6

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

: 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, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.-
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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing 
– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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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