Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.67
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) 1.2/5 4.80
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.2/5 4.23
Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.8/4 5.52
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.29
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 1.0/4 4.57
9 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) 2.6/11 7.85
Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/5 4.95
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.7/3 5.01
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.61
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.77
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.8/4 3.33
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.26
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/4 4.71
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.82
Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 2.61


As bitterly cold temperatures swept across America yesterday, several of Wednesday’s primetime shows experienced some small ratings upticks, and “The Masked Singer” scored another easy win for itself.

FOX’s recently-renewed, freshman reality-competition series led the night’s primetime ratings with a 2.6 in adults 18-49, up another three-tenths from its 2.3 a week ago, making it the show’s highest-rated and most-watched (7.85 million viewers) episode since its series premiere.

Its lead-in, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” similarly experienced another week-to-week uptick, and rose from its previous 1.1 to a 1.2, tying its season high in the demo. Combined the two unscripted programs gave FOX the Wednesday night win in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Elsewhere, it was a night of mostly small upticks on ABC. “The Goldbergs” (1.3), “Match Game” (0.6), and “Single Parents” (0.8) all ticked up a tenth, while “Modern Family” (1.2) held steady and “Schooled” slipped from a 1.1 to a 1.0.

On CBS, “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” scored a 1.2 at 8 p.m., up a tenth from its last Wednesday night broadcast. It was followed by “Big Bang Theory” (0.6) and “Young Sheldon” (0.5) reruns, before a new “Criminal Minds” capped off the night for the network with a 0.8, even with its last episode.

The CW’s “Riverdale” (0.4) and “All American” (0.2) both held steady as well, and NBC took the night off with a lineup of “Chicago” reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/8 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.04 4.22 4.09 5.12 1.03


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.8/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

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

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

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