Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Billboard Music Awards (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.1/10 7.96
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/7 7.24
Empire (FOX) 1.1/5 3.73
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.0/5 4.46
Riverdale (The CW) 0.2/1 0.73
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.8/4 3.62
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.0/5 4.21
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.9/4 4.57
Star (FOX) 0.9/4 3.01
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.7/3 2.95
10 p.m. SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/3 4.65
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.5/2 2.74


The Billboard Music Awards gave NBC an easy win in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week, despite falling year-to-year.

The annual awards show posted a 2.1 average rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 7.96 million viewers, leading the night in both measures. But even though the 7.96 million viewer audience is actually an improvement on the 2018 broadcast’s 7.87 million viewers, the awards show was down three-tenths from its 2.4 rating last year.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.0) returned from a break, down one-tenth from its last outing, as did “Single Parents” (0.7). “Schooled” (0.8) and “Modern Family” (1.0) each returned down two-tenths.

Rounding out the night for ABC, “Whiskey Cavalier” was the network’s only broadcast of the night to actually improve in the ratings, ticking back up from its previous episode’s series low 0.4 to a 0.5.

CBS’ “Survivor” (1.4) and “The Amazing Race” (0.9) both slipped one-tenth from their ratings a week ago, while “SEAL Team” (0.7) stayed even. FOX’s “Empire” (1.1) and “Star” (0.9) similarly posted the same ratings as their last episodes.

On the CW, “Riverdale” (0.2) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.2) both held steady week-to-week as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/10 1.0/5 1.0/5 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.96 5.49 3.37 3.45 0.66


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4


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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