Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Press Your Luck (ABC) 1.0/6 4.84
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.8/5 4.78
MasterChef (FOX) 0.7/4 2.72
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.5/3 3.08
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
9 p.m. Card Sharks (ABC) 0.9/5 4.20
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.7/3 2.98
First Responders Live (FOX) 0.6/3 2.08
NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget (CBS) 0.3/2 3.00
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/2 0.64
10 p.m. Match Game (ABC) 0.8/5 3.82
The InBetween (NBC) 0.4/3 2.70
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.66


ABC led the Wednesday night primetime ratings this week, thanks to a strong week 2 showing from its latest Summer Fun & Games lineup.

“Press Your Luck” kicked things off at 8 p.m. with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.84 million viewers, up from the 0.9 that it scored last Wednesday. It was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast. “Card Sharks” followed it at 9 p.m., and similarly rose from its premiere’s 0.8 rating to a 0.9 this time around.

“Match Game” couldn’t quite manage the same upticks as “Card Sharks” or “Press Your Luck,” but it did match its 0.8 rating from a week ago. Combined, the three game shows won every primetime hour of the night for ABC.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The InBetween” returned from a week off, down one-tenth from its previous episode’s 0.5 to a 0.4. It was NBC’s only original primetime broadcast of the night, following back-to-back repeats of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (0.5, 0.7).

FOX’s “MasterChef” posted the same 0.7 that it did a week ago, while “First Responders Live” (0.6) ticked up one-tenth from its premiere’s 0.5. The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” held steady with yet another 0.2.

On CBS, “The Amazing Race” (0.8) and “NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget” (0.3) both stayed even week-to-week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/5 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.29 2.40 3.48 2.92 0.70


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


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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