Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) – P 1.6/7 7.76
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 9.08
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5 4.99
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.1/5 3.57
Riverdale (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.73
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.9/4 3.81
9 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) 2.6/11 8.22
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 9.04
Modern Family (ABC) 1.1/5 4.42
The World’s Best (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 0.7/3 3.75
All American (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.48
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.7/3 2.72
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.4/6 9.09
Match Game (ABC) 0.5/2 2.03


CBS’ “Survivor” premiered its 38th season in fairly steady fashion Wednesday night, with a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, down just a tenth from its fall premiere last year. It was the night’s second-highest-rated broadcast, while its lead-out, “The World’s Best,” continued to struggle in the ratings – falling its previous 0.9 to a 0.7 this week.

It was another strong night for FOX’s “The Masked Singer,” which ticked up another two-tenths from its previous 2.4 to a 2.6, tying its second-highest rating in the demo so far this season. “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” grew week-to-week as well, up from a 1.0 to a 1.1.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Chicago Med” posted its second straight 1.3, while a crossover between “Chicago Fire” (1.3) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.4) boosted both shows up two and three-tenths from their outings a week ago. The crossover also lifted “P.D.” to new season highs in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers with 9.09 million.

On ABC, “The Goldbergs” posted the same 1.1 it did a week ago, and “Modern Family” returned down a tenth to a series low 1.1. “Schooled” (0.9) and “Single Parents” (0.7), however, went the other way, and rebounded a tenth from their last episodes. “Match Game” rounded out ABC’s night with yet another 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/8 1.4/6 1.0/5 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.90 9.07 5.08 3.59 0.61


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/8

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.0/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3


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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