Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/6 7.26
American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.4/6 7.80
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.8/4 2.69
Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.76
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/2 0.96
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.44
The World’s Best (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 2.95
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.58
10 p.m. Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.9/4 5.32
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.96


Even without “The Masked Singer” around to dominate, the Wednesday primetime ratings were still ruled by unscripted titles this week.

CBS’ “Survivor” took the night’s no. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo, and scored the same 1.5 rating that it did last Wednesday. Its lead-out, “The World’s Best,” managed to rise from its previous 0.4 to a 0.6 with 2.95 million viewers.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “American Idol” landed just below “Survivor” with a 1.4 average rating, down from the 1.7 its season premiere had scored this past Sunday. “Idol” did, however, beat “Survivor” in total viewers to become the most-watched broadcast of the night, with a 7.80 million viewer audience.

The “American Idol” lead-in helped “Whiskey Cavalier” as well, with the rookie series actually managing to tick up from its series premiere’s 0.7 last week to a 0.9 this time around. Notably, it is the first new broadcast drama of the season to improve in the 18-49 demo from its first to second episode.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” hit a series low with its 2-hour season finale, raking in a 0.8 average rating with 2.69 million viewers, down from its previous 1.1.

On the CW, both “Riverdale” (0.3) and “All American” (0.2) matched their episodes from a week ago. NBC took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.97 4.39 2.69 4.38 0.77


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

“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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