Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.57
Empire (FOX) 1.3/6 4.41
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5 4.81
Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.7/3 4.74
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/2 1.04
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 1.0/5 3.94
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/6 4.60
Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.68
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.15
The World’s Best (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – F 0.6/3 3.72
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.63
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.8/4 3.35
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.82
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.6/3 3.73


FOX’s “Empire” returned from its midseason break with a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, down two-tenths from the 1.5 its fall finale scored back in December and its overall season average so far this year. It was a similar story with “Star,” which returned from hiatus as well, and ticked down a tenth from its fall finale’s 1.2 to a 1.1 last night.

Elsewhere, ABC’s Wednesday night comedies came back after taking a week off, in mostly solid fashion. “The Goldbergs” stayed steady with a 1.1, while “Schooled” (1.0), “Modern Family” (1.2), and “Single Parents” (0.8) all ticked up a tenth from their last outings. Without the help of a stronger lead-in, however, “Whiskey Cavalier” fell back down from a 0.9 to a 0.6.

On CBS, “Survivor” posted the same 1.5 it did a week ago, making it the night’s highest-rated broadcast in the 18-49 demo and its most-watched with 7.57 million viewers. The season finale of “The World’s Best” rounded out the night for the network with a 0.6, also steady with its episode last week.

The CW’s “Riverdale” (0.3) and “All American” (0.2) each held steady week-to-week, while NBC took the night off with a trio of “Chicago” repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/6 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.05 4.09 5.00 4.24 0.83


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 1.7/5

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

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4


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: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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