Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Note: ABC’s live NBA coverage will likely result in greater adjustments in the finals than usual for the network.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 1.9/10 7.03
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/5 4.34
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.8/5 4.65
MasterChef (FOX) 0.7/4 2.69
My Last Days (The CW) 0.1/1 0.59
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 2.0/10 6.42
9 p.m. 2019 NBA Finals Game 3 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 3.7/17 10.43
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.97
NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget (CBS) 0.4/2 3.14
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/1 0.59
10 p.m. The InBetween (NBC) 0.5/3 3.05
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.96


The NBA Finals carried ABC to yet another primetime ratings win this week.

The network’s broadcast of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors led the night with a 3.7 average rating in adults 18-49 and 10.43 million viewers. Pending updates, that makes it the lowest-rated NBA finals game of the year so far, coming in below the 3.9 and 3.8 preliminary ratings that the first 2 games scored.

Like Game 1 and Game 2 as well, last night’s Game 3 broadcast is down significantly from its year-ago broadcast, which posted an initial 5.2 rating with 14.21 million viewers, before adjusting up to a 6.4 with 17.85 million viewers in the finals.

The pre-game “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (1.9) and “NBA Countdown” (2.0) specials were ABC’s only other original primetime broadcasts of the night.

Competing against the NBA Finals led to a slightly down night for NBC, starting with “American Ninja Warrior,” which slipped from the 1.0 that its season premiere scored last Tuesday to a 0.9 with 4.34 million viewers. “The InBetween” (0.5) also inched down one-tenth in its second week.

On CBS, “The Amazing Race” scored the same 0.8 that it did a week ago, and “NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget” similarly stayed even with a 0.4. FOX’s “MasterChef,” however, ticked down from its season premiere’s 0.8 to a 0.7 this week. It was followed by another rerun of “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (0.6) at 9 p.m.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “My Last Days” posted a 0.1, down from its 0.2 last week, while “Jane the Virgin” (0.2) held steady.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.1/14 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.20 3.91 2.33 3.58 0.59


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: Delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

“Nightline”: Delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.


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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