Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.2/8 9.19
The Goldbergs (ABC) 2.0/7 7.04
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) 1.2/4 7.38
Rosewood (FOX) 0.9/3 3.57
Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown (The CW) – S 0.3/1 1.5
8:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – P 1.8/6 6.3
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 2.6/8 8.18
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.9/6 9.22
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.6/5 6.83
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) 1.0/3 3.37
MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.07
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.9/6 6.09
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.5/5 7.12
CSI: Cyber (CBS) 1.2/4 6.6
American Crime (ABC) 0.8/3 3.25


ABC’s new comedy “The Real O’Neals” got off to a decent start Wednesday night, drawing 1.8 and 1.9 ratings in adults 18-49 for its two episodes (as TVBTN users predicted). The show moves to its regular Tuesday home next week having gotten pretty good sampling. “Modern Family” (2.6) was also up week to week for ABC.

The news was not so good for FOX. “Rosewood” returned from a long hiatus to a 0.9, way below its fall average of 1.6 when it was paired with “Empire” on Wednesdays. “Hell’s Kitchen” also declined, falling 0.3 vs. last week to a 1.0.

The absence of “American Idol” helped CBS’ “Survivor” (season high 2.2) and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2, tying a season high) improve week to week. “Criminal Minds” (1.9) was also up for CBS, while “CSI: Cyber” (season high 1.2) drew numbers on par with “Code Black” and above its Sunday average.

“Law & Order: SVU” (1.6) improved a tenth over last week for NBC, while “Chicago PD” slipped 0.1 to a 1.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/6 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.0/3  0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.34 5.68 7.11 3.47 1.28


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.0/6, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.9/5

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.6/5, 1.5/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

: 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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