Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Note: NBC’s live democratic debate broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.1/6 4.53
Press Your Luck (ABC) 0.8/4 4.20
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.91
MasterChef (FOX) 0.7/4 2.64
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.86
9 p.m. 2020 Democratic Candidates Debate (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.6/8 7.36
The Amazing Race (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – F 0.8/4 3.81
Card Sharks (ABC) 0.6/3 3.32
First Responders Live (FOX) 0.4/2 1.88
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/1 0.67
10 p.m. Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 3.11


The first debate between the 2020 Democratic Candidates easily dominated the Wednesday primetime ratings this week.

Pending updates, NBC’s broadcast of the debate took the night’s no. 1 spot with a 1.6 average rating among adults 18-49 and 7.36 million viewers. The debate’s lead-in, an “Ellen’s Game of Games” rerun, rounded out the night for NBC with a 0.8 and 3.91 million viewers. Combined, the two broadcasts carried NBC to a dominant primetime ratings victory over the other networks.

Elsewhere, with the first Wednesday night broadcast of its new season, CBS’ “Big Brother” scored a 1.1 rating with 4.53 million viewers, down from the 1.3 and 4.93 million viewers its season premiere raked in Tuesday night. It was followed on CBS by the 2-hour season finale of “The Amazing Race” (0.8), which held steady with its episode from a week ago.

Facing heavier competition than normal, ABC’s “Press Your Luck” (0.8) and “Match Game” (0.6) both slipped one-tenth from their ratings last Wednesday, while “Card Sharks” (0.6) dropped two-tenths. FOX’s “MasterChef” managed to stay even with another 0.7, but the same could not be said for “First Responders Live,” which fell from a 0.6 last week to a 0.4 this time around.

On the CW, “Jane the Virgin” (0.2) held steady week-to-week, with another “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.2) rerun as its lead-in.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 0.9/5 0.7/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.21 4.05 3.54 2.26 0.76



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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