Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

YK questions why ABC is not airing "The Good Doctor" this summer when it will be facing tougher competition on Monday this fall.
I have to believe that ABC will be airing "The Good Doctor" as we get closer to the fall. Yes, it will be facing stronger competition on the other networks, but I think "TGD" is a self-starter and will return just fine.
I do believe that it's worth repeating some of your stronger shows over the summer, especially if they are stand-alone procedurals. When I was at NBC, we would rearrange many of the shows in the summer in hopes of exposing them to new audiences on different nights and with different lead-ins. Of course, as viewing gets more untethered from the schedule, this strategy becomes less practical.
KT wants to know, "'The Good Fight's' recent TCA Award nomination brought this question to mind. After the upfronts, you said CBS needed to find another premium drama to make up for all of their crime shows. Do you think CBS runs the risk of putting too much of its quality programs on All Access and not keeping enough for their main broadcast network?"
I think CBS is smartly building up All Access as a streaming service, and remember it also offers the CBS network shows through the CBS affiliates. I think this is the future for the networks, i.e. offering a suite of channels, one of which is quality original fare with some of the broadcast restraints removed.
Email questions to and Twitter is @maskedscheduler.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Note: The CW was pre-empted in New York City for baseball, which could result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.5/7 5.29
Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/5 3.72
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.8/4 4.20
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.98
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 1.19
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.41
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.1/5 3.53
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.42
World of Dance (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.77
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.84
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.99
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 0.8/4 5.68
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.36
Reverie (NBC) 0.3/1 1.80


The premiere of “Big Brother” led Wednesday’s 18-49 ratings, but it premiered to smaller numbers than in 2017.

The two-hour debut scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, down from 1.7 for its season premiere a year ago. “Big Brother” also gave a bump to “Code Black,” which ticked up a tenth of a point to 0.8.

FOX’s shows held up opposite “Big Brother.” “Masterchef” was even with last week’s 1.0, and “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” rose a tenth to 1.1.

“Reverie” slipped a tenth to 0.3 on NBC. “The Originals” is at 0.2 on The CW, pending updates.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.0/5 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.42 3.63 2.92 2.42 1.02


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 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: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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