Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday, which give FOX a much-needed dose of good ratings news:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.1/8 9.43
Rosewood (FOX) 1.4/5 5.13
The Middle (ABC) – R 1.2/4 5.44
Heartbeat (NBC) 0.9/3 4.81
Arrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.44
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 1.2/4 4.61
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 4.7/14 12.24
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.8/6 9.34
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.4/5 6.03
Modern Family (ABC) – R 1.3/4 4.74
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.56
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 1.1/4 3.94
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.5/5 6.69
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 1.4/5 7.32
Nashville (ABC) 0.9/3 3.87


“Empire” picked up where it left off in the fall, dominating Wednesday’s ratings in its return to FOX. The show scored a 4.7 rating in adults 18-49, up two tenths from its fall finale and right in line with its same-day season average of 4.77. “Rosewood” also got a boost, improving 0.4 vs. last week to a 1.4.

The CW’s “Arrow” (0.9, up 0.2 vs. last week) and NBC’s “Chicago PD” (1.5, up 0.1 from last week’s finals) also improved, with “PD” edging out “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (1.4) on CBS. Unsurprisingly, both “Criminal Minds” (1.8, -0.3) and “Law & Order: SVU” (1.4, -0.1) were down some opposite “Empire’s” return.

“Nashville,” ABC’s only original for the night, held steady at 0.9. NBC’s “Heartbeat” (0.9) and The CW’s “Supernatural” (0.6) were likewise even with last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/10 1.8/6 1.3/4 1.1/4  0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.69 8.69 5.85 4.41 2.00


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

: 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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