Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.2/7 7.46
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.67
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.4/3 2.13
Masterchef (FOX) – R 0.4/3 1.54
3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – R 0.1/1 0.74
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.60
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.4/3 1.68
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 0.9/5 3.91
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.42
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.72
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.57
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.54
10 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) – R 0.9/5 4.89
Code Black (CBS) 0.6/3 4.95
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.99


NBC’s annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” easily led Wednesday’s ratings. The special was down slightly in adults 18-49 (1.2 rating vs. 1.3 last year) but hit a five-year high in total viewers at 7.46 million.

The night’s only other original shows was “Big Brother,” whose 0.9 was predictably low given the holiday, and “Code Black,” whose 0.6 was down 0.2 vs. the previous week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.60 4.16 1.85 1.53 0.69


The late-night talk shows all aired repeats.


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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