Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 2.0/8 6.14
Survivor (CBS) 1.7/7 8.11
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.4/6 5.44
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – clip show 1.3/5 6.88
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/1 0.98
8:30 p.m. Alex, Inc. (ABC) – P 1.1/4 4.59
9 p.m. Star (FOX) 1.5/6 4.70
Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.35
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.0/4 6.54
Life Sentence (The CW) 0.1/1 0.42
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.45
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.1/5 6.51
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.7/3 3.84
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar (NBC) – S 0.6/2 3.34


“Empire” and “Star” returned to FOX Wednesday with higher ratings than their last episodes back in December.

“Empire” delivered a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, the best mark of the night and up 0.1 from its fall finale. “Star” rose two tenths of a point to 1.5, helping FOX lead the night in the 18-49 demographic.

ABC’s comedy “Alex, Inc.” premiered to a 1.1, on par with the season average for “Speechless” in the same time period. “The Goldbergs” (1.4) and “Modern Family” (1.4) were down 0.1 and 0.2 from last week’s fast nationals (both adjusted up in the finals), and “Designated Survivor” matched last week’s 0.7.

“Survivor” was off a tenth at 1.7 for CBS. “SEAL Team” was even with last week, and “Criminal Minds” rose two tenths to 1.1, its best outing since October. The news was not good at The CW, where “Riverdale” hit a season-low 0.3 and “Life Sentence” dipped to a 0.1.

NBC got a 1.3 from a two-hour “Voice” clip show and a 0.6 from an Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute special, ahead of Sunday’s “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert.”

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.2/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.42 7.05 5.70 4.42 0.70


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.3/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

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


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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