Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday feature another good night for ABC comedies and decent numbers for a new FOX drama:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.9/7 6.71
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.4/5 6.12
Undercover Boss (CBS) 1.2/4 6.45
Blindspot (NBC) 1.1/4 5.16
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.7/6 5.71
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 2.3/8 7.54
Star (FOX) 1.6/5 4.76
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5/5 6.05
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.3/5 7.25
Frequency (The CW) 0.2/1 0.70
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.7/6 5.89
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.5/6 6.46
Match Game (ABC) – P 1.3/5 4.90
Code Black (CBS) 1.0/4 6.02

 

Episode 2 of FOX’s “Star” put up decent ratings Wednesday night. The show was down about 27 percent from its premiere three weeks ago following “Empire,” but its 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 was second in its timeslot and built on its lead-in. That lead-in, “Lethal Weapon,” was on the low side of its season average with a 1.4.

ABC led the night thanks to improved numbers across the board. “Modern Family” (2.3) was the night’s top show in adults 18-49 and was up 0.3 from its last new episode. “The Goldbergs” (1.9) rose two tenths of a point, and “Speechless” and “Black-ish” (1.7 each) both were up a tenth. The premiere of “Match Game” drew a 1.3.

At NBC, “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD” (1.5) were both up from their last regular airings in November, although “PD” came down a little from Tuesday’s crossover episode. “Blindspot” (1.1) was even with its last episode.

“Criminal Minds” (1.3) was even with its last outing on CBS, and “Code Black” ticked up a tenth to 1.0. “Frequency” tied its season low with a 0.2 on The CW.

Network averages:

ABC FOX NBC CBS CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.94 5.44 5.89 6.57 0.75

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.7/4, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 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

Definitions:

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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