Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday have ABC on top for a second straight week and mostly steady numbers elsewhere:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.9/7 6.90
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.4/5 6.42
Undercover Boss (CBS) 1.1/4 6.11
Blindspot (NBC) 1.0/4 5.09
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.7/6 5.90
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 2.3/8 7.57
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.4/5 7.53
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.4/5 6.10
Star (FOX) 1.4/5 4.30
Frequency (The CW) 0.2/1 0.75
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.7/6 5.75
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.5/5 6.55
Match Game (ABC) 1.1/4 4.24
Code Black (CBS) 0.9/3 6.30


Wednesday night’s ratings look a lot like the previous week’s, with most shows either matching or coming fairly close to their numbers from seven days earlier.

ABC led the night on the strength of its comedies. “Modern Family’s” 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 was the highest in primetime, matching last week’s fast national rating (it adjusted up to 2.4 in the finals). “The Goldbergs,” “Speechless” and “Black-ish” were also even with last week, and the ABC comedy block had the four best 18-49 ratings of the night.

“Lethal Weapon” was even with last week’s preliminary 1.4 for FOX. “Star” also drew a 1.4, down 0.2 from a week ago. NBC’s “Blindspot” (1.0) and “Law & Order: SVU” (1.4) each slipped a tenth, with “Blindspot” tying its series low. “Chicago PD” was steady at 1.5.

At CBS, “Criminal Minds'” 1.4 is a 0.1 improvement on last week’s early number and even with its final. “Undercover Boss” (1.1) and “Code Black” (0.9), however, each fell a tenth. “Frequency” maintained its 0.2 from a week ago on The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.2/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.77 5.36 5.91 6.65 0.78


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 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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