Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/6 8.52
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/6 4.81
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 5.96
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.0/5 3.42
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.34
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 1.1/5 4.05
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.20
9 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) 2.2/9 6.89
Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/6 4.62
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/5 8.01
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.17
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.8/4 3.04
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 7.23
FBI (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.36
Match Game (ABC) 0.5/3 2.30


“The Masked Singer” dominated the Wednesday primetime ratings for the third straight week.

FOX’s freshman reality-competition series won the night in the 18-49 demo with an impressive 2.2 rating. That’s down just a tenth from its 2.3 a week ago, a much smaller decline than the 0.7 drop it experienced between its first two episodes. Its lead-in, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back,” also fell week-to-week from its previous 1.1 to a 1.0.

It was a mostly down night for ABC as well, as “The Goldbergs” (1.2), “Modern Family” (1.2), and “Match Game” (0.5) all dropped a tenth from their last episodes. “Single Parents” managed to hold steady with another 0.8, but “Schooled” took the biggest hit of the night on the network, down two-tenths from its series premiere’s 1.3 to a 1.1 this week.

NBC’s “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.1) similarly slipped one-tenth from their episodes last Tuesday. “Chicago P.D.” went the other way though, and ticked up from a 1.0 to a 1.1. All three shows were the night’s most-watched broadcasts, and carried NBC to another Wednesday night win in total viewers.

On the CW, “Riverdale” returned from its winter hiatus with a 0.5, up a tenth from its fall finale’s 0.4, while “All American” (0.2) returned steady. CBS took the night off with a lineup of repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.16 7.92 3.52 4.37 1.02


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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: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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