Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.7/7 8.16
The Goldbergs (ABC) – F 1.4/6 5.27
Blindspot (NBC) – F 0.8/3 4.25
Shots Fired (FOX) 0.8/3 2.91
Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.45
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – F 1.2/5 4.50
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 2.1/8 6.13
Modern Family (ABC) – F 1.7/6 6.08
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.2/5 5.44
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 0.7/3 4.86
The 100 (The CW) 0.3/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. Downward Dog (ABC) – P 1.1/4 4.70
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) – F 1.3/5 6.42
Designated Survivor (ABC) – F 1.1/4 5.13
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) – F 0.7/3 4.10


Wednesday night was heavy on season finales, and most (but not all) of them delivered improved ratings vs. a week ago.

All four of ABC’s finales — “The Goldbergs” (1.4 in adults 18-49), “Speechless” (1.2), “Modern Family” (1.7) and “Designated Survivor” (1.1) — were up a tenth of a point vs. last week. NBC’s “Chicago PD” finale scored a 1.3, up 0.1 from last week’s early rating (it adjusted up in the finals).

“Blindspot” ended its season even with last week’s 0.8, tying a series low. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (0.7 for each of two episodes) closed its time on CBS down a tenth from last week.

Elsewhere, “Empire” led the night with a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic, even with last week’s early rating (it adjusted up in the finals). The debut of “Downward Dog” on ABC scored a mediocre 1.1, down a couple tenths from “Black-ish’s” recent average in the timeslot.

“Law & Order: SVU” ticked up a tenth to 1.2 on NBC. “Arrow” and “The 100” were even with last week for The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.52 5.13 5.37 5.71 1.15


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 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: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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