Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10:30 p.m.) – F 1.5/7 7.21
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.1/6 7.86
Toy Story 2 (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.6/3 2.32
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown (FOX) – S 0.5/3 2.06
Riverdale (The CW) – F 0.3/2 0.91
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/5 7.86
Paradise Hotel (FOX) 0.3/2 1.14
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/2 0.64
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.0/5 6.77
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.4/3 2.49
10:30 p.m. Survivor (CBS) – S 0.9/4 4.65


CBS took the demo win in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week.

The “Survivor” season finale led the night with a 1.5 average rating in adults 18-49, matching its rating from a week ago and putting it one-tenth above its spring finale last year. The network’s usual, post-finale “Survivor” reunion special followed with a 0.9.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Chicago Med” (1.1) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.0) each managed to tick up one-tenth week-to-week, while “Chicago Fire” held steady with another 1.0. “Med” and “Fire” tied for the night’s most-watched broadcast, as both shows raked in 7.86 million viewer audiences.

ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier” followed a broadcast of “Toy Story 2” with the same 0.4 rating that it scored last week. On FOX, a “MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown” special grabbed a 0.5 with 2.06 million viewers, and “Paradise Hotel” stayed low with a 0.3.

The season finale of the CW’s “Riverdale” scored a 0.3, even with its penultimate episode. “Jane the Virgin,” however, ticked down from a 0.3 to a 0.2.

dNetwork averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/7 1.0/5 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.79 7.50 2.38 1.60 0.77


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 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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