Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Live in Front of a Studio Audience (ABC) (8-9:30 p.m.) – S 1.7/9 10.36
Chicago Med (NBC) – F 1.1/5 7.44
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.9/5 4.55
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown (FOX) – S 0.6/4 2.08
My Last Days (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.95
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – F 1.1/5 7.46
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.7/4 4.00
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – R 0.5/3 1.72
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.3/1 0.95
9:30 p.m. All About “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” (ABC) – S 1.4/7 7.93
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) – F 0.9/5 6.55
SEAL Team (CBS) – F 0.7/4 4.21
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) – F 0.7/4 3.80


ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special, which included live productions of Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” gave the network a strong win on the final night of the regular season.

Across a 90-minute run time, the special scored a 1.7 average rating in adults 18-49 with 10.36 million viewers, making it the night’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast. The half-hour “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” special that followed also performed well, with a 1.4 rating and 7.93 million viewers.

The pair of specials helped lift the finale of “Whiskey Cavalier” up from its penultimate episode’s 0.4 to a 0.7, giving the series its best 18-49 rating since its time-period premiere on March 6. Combined, the three shows gave ABC its most-watched season-ending Wednesday night since 2007.

Elsewhere, it was a night of finales for NBC, as the network’s trio of “Chicago” shows all wrapped up their respective seasons. “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” posted matching 1.1s, even with their episodes a week ago, but up one-tenth from their season finales last year. “Chicago P.D.,” however, ended its season on a bit of a down note, slipping from its previous 1.0 to a 0.9 this week.

On CBS, “The Amazing Race” returned from a week off with back-to-back episodes, scoring a 0.9 at 8 p.m., up a tenth from its last episode, but fell to a season low 0.7 rating at 9 p.m. The season finale of “SEAL Team” capped off the night for the network, rising from its penultimate episode’s 0.6 to a 0.7.

The CW’s “My Last Days” posted a 0.2 at 8 p.m., while “Jane the Virgin” followed it by ticking back up from its previous 0.2 to a 0.3.

The second part of FOX’s “MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown” special grabbed a 0.6 with 2.08 million viewers, up from the 0.5 and 2.04 million viewers its first part scored last Wednesday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.77 7.15 4.25 1.90 0.95


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.9/8

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4


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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