Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.4/6 5.21
Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/5 3.54
The ESPYS (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 0.9/5 3.94
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.7/3 4.03
Girl Got Game (The CW) – S 0.1/1 0.47
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.0/5 3.25
TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS) 0.8/4 3.43
World of Dance (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.40
The Originals (The CW) 0.2/1 0.68
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) – F 0.7/3 5.33
Reverie (NBC) 0.4/2 1.68


CBS’ “Code Black” bid farewell last night.

The show’s series finale scored a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 5.33 million viewers, and while that was down one-tenth from its previous episode’s 0.8, it was more than even with the third season’s 0.7 overall live + same day average. Meanwhile, “Big Brother” (1.4) was down a tenth from last week as well, pending any possible adjustments in the finals later today.

ABC’s broadcast of this year’s annual ESPY awards raked in an average 0.9 across its 3-hour-long runtime, down significantly from the 1.4 it had scored around this time last year – making it the lowest-rated broadcast of the awards show since it moved to ABC back in 2015.

On NBC, “Reverie” held steady with another 0.4, while CBS’ “TKO: Total Knockout” followed up the 0.9 of its series premiere with a 0.8 this time around.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “MasterChef” and “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” were both up one-tenth with a pair of 1.0s. The CW kicked off its night with a broadcast of its 1-hour sports special, “Girl Got Game” (0.1), before leading in to “The Originals,” which fell a tenth to a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 1.0/5 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.65 3.39 3.94 2.70 0.58


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 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: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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