Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Note: Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on ABC, CBS and NBC could result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.7/7 9.17
Big Brother (CBS) 1.6/7 5.59
Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/5 3.34
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.19
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.42
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.64
9 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) 1.1/4 5.99
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.08
Wayward Pines (FOX) – F 0.7/3 2.34
American Gothic (CBS) 0.6/2 2.48
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.5/2 1.66
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.62
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.5/2 1.66
10 p.m. Democratic National Convention (NBC) 0.7/3 3.56
Democratic National Convention (ABC) 0.7/3 2.69
Democratic National Convention (CBS) 0.4/2 2.06


The first live results show of “America’s Got Talent” was strong enough to lead the night, but its 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 was also a season low for a regular episode. It was down half a point from last week’s two-hour show.

“The Night Shift” (1.1) dipped a tenth of a point from last week’s season high for NBC. CBS’ “Big Brother” (1.6) also fell 0.1 vs. last week, while the season finale of “Wayward Pines” on FOX drew a 0.7, even with a week ago. The CW’s averages are likely inflated due to local stations covering the Democratic National Convention.

Pending updates, ratings for the Democratic convention at 10 p.m. were off from Tuesday and from the Wednesday coverage of the Republican convention last week. CBS was steady with last week at 0.4, and ABC’s 0.7 was up vs. its 0.5 last week. NBC took the hit, drawing a 0.7 vs. last week’s 1.3 (which had a two-hour “AGT” as its lead-in).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/2  0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.24 3.38 2.84 2.82 1.54


: 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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