Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Note: ABC’s live NBA Finals broadcast will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 2.6/13 9.05
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.14
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/4 3.24
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.83
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 2.6/12 7.98
9 p.m. NBA Finals Game 3 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 5.2/21 14.21
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.60
The Originals (The CW) 0.2/1 0.75
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 0.6/3 5.63
Reverie (NBC) 0.5/2 2.23


Game 3 of the NBA Finals predictably dominated Wednesday’s ratings, but the night’s other originals held up reasonably well.

“American Ninja Warrior” was the best of the non-NBA bunch with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 for NBC. That’s off a tenth of a point from last week’s premiere. “Reverie” (0.5) also lost a tenth.

“Masterchef” averaged 0.9 for FOX, down 0.1 from last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals). CBS’ “Code Black” (0.6) and The CW’s “The Originals” (0.2) each slipped a tenth.

The NBA Finals game scored a 12.7 household rating in metered markets, even with Sunday’s Game 2. It was down about 5 percent from Game 3 last year (13.4). Its preliminary 5.2 rating in adults 18-49 is also in line with the previous two games, both of which adjusted up to 6.5 in the finals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.3/18 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 12.31 4.17 3.24 4.35 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: n/a, delayed by NBA overrun

12:35 a.m.

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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.1/1, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: n/a, delayed


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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