Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday, which feature six season finales but only one of them posting any gains from its last outing:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 2.1/7 9.57
The Middle (ABC) – F 1.6/6 6.69
Rosewood (FOX) 1.4/5 4.69
Arrow (The CW) 0.8/3 2.15
Heartbeat (NBC) 0.7/2 3.84
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – F 1.8/7 6.32
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) – F 4.0/13 10.78
Modern Family (ABC) – F 2.1/7 6.79
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.2/4 5.63
Supernatural (The CW) 0.7/2 1.92
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – F 1.5/5 5.09
10 p.m. Survivor Reunion (CBS) – S 1.5/5 6.84
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.4/5 6.88
Nashville (ABC) 0.8/3 3.75


“Empire” closed its second season with a ratings boost, as the finale improved to a 4.0 in adults 18-49 from last week’s 3.7. It also helped “Rosewood” (1.4) improve by three tenths of a point vs. last week.

The night’s five other finales were basically in line with their numbers from a week ago. “Survivor” (2.1) held steady for CBS with both last week and its fall finale, pending updates (the finale ended about 10:15 p.m.). ABC’s “The Middle” (1.6), “Modern Family” (2.1, tying its series low) and “Black-ish” (1.5) all matched last week as well. “The Goldbergs” (1.8) is even with its fast national number from a week ago; it adjusted  up in the finals.

The CW’s “Arrow” (0.8) and “Supernatural” (0.7) and NBC’s “Chicago PD” (1.4) were all on par with last week. “Law & Order: SVU” fell two tenths to a 1.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.7/9 1.9/7 1.4/5 1.1/4  0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 7.74 8.66 5.39 5.45 2.03


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/1, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that “Law & Order: SVU” aired its finale on Wednesday. It airs May 25.

: 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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