Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.4/7 7.03
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/6 4.48
Empire (FOX) 1.1/5 3.95
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 5.98
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/2 0.83
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.9/4 3.59
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.1/5 4.25
Star (FOX) 1.0/5 3.24
All American (The CW) – F 0.2/1 0.55
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.7/4 3.09
10 p.m. SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/4 4.93
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.6/3 3.67
Bublé! (NBC) – S 0.5/3 3.34


CBS’ “Survivor” continued to lead the Wednesday night primetime ratings, despite taking a small hit week-to-week.

The long-running reality-competition series expanded to 2 hours, and posted a 1.4 average rating in the adults 18-49 demo, down a tenth from the 1.5 it scored a week ago. Its lead-out, “SEAL Team,” returned from an almost 2-month-long break with a season low 0.7, also down from its previous episode’s 0.8.

FOX’s “Empire” (1.1) and “Star” (1.0) each similarly dropped a tenth from their midseason premieres last week. On ABC, “The Goldbergs” managed to tick up a tenth to a 1.2, but “Schooled” went the other way, slipping from a 1.0 to a 0.9. “Modern Family” (1.1) and “Single Parents” (0.7) both inched down one-tenth as well, while “Whiskey Cavalier” stayed even with another 0.6.

Elsewhere, it was a quiet night for NBC, as a special 2-hour recap episode of “The Voice” grabbed a 1.0 average rating, leading into the network’s “Bublé!” music special at 10 p.m., which scored a 0.5 with 3.34 million viewers.

Meanwhile, the season finale of the CW’s “All American” matched its penultimate episode’s 0.2 from the week before. “Riverdale” also maintained its previous 0.3 yet again.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.33 3.60 3.79 5.10 0.69


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

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

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 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: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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