Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 1.6/7 5.10
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/6 7.45
The Goldbergs (ABC) – F 1.2/6 5.14
The Blacklist (NBC) – F 0.7/3 5.13
Riverdale (The CW) – F 0.4/2 1.29
8:30 p.m. Alex, Inc. (ABC) – F 0.8/3 3.35
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – F 1.3/5 4.96
Star (FOX) 1.3/5 3.88
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.0/4 5.28
SEAL Team (CBS) – F 0.9/4 6.15
The Originals (The CW) 0.3/1 0.81
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – F 1.1/4 4.11
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 0.8/3 5.85
Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan (NBC) – S 0.6/3 3.73
Designated Survivor (ABC) – F 0.6/3 3.56


“Empire” kept its hold on the top adults 18-49 rating Wednesday night, while a host of season finales were largely steady with last week’s numbers.

“Empire” scored a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, even with last week. “Star” followed with a 1.3 on FOX, up 0.1.

The season finales of “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “American Housewife” were all even with last week (though down from their 2017 closers). “Alex, Inc.” (0.8) and “Designated Survivor” (0.6) each rose a tenth of a point with their final episodes.

“Riverdale” closed with a 0.4, in line with a week ago and last season’s finale on The CW. “The Originals” was also steady at 0.3.

“The Blacklist” finale (0.7) was even with last week’s early ratings (it adjusted up in the finals) on NBC, while “Law & Order: SVU” slipped a tenth to 1.0. “SEAL Team” (0.9) was likewise steady with its finale on CBS. “Code Black” was up a tenth at 0.8, and “Survivor” slipped a tenth to 1.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.49 6.48 4.11 4.71 1.05


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 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: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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