Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) – F 1.6/7 5.22
Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.4/6 7.40
Movie: Toy Story 3 (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.7/3 2.72
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.83
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.99
9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.2/5 6.08
Star (FOX) – F 1.2/5 3.98
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.84
10 p.m. Survivor Reunion (CBS) – S 1.1/5 5.64
20/20 (ABC) 0.5/2 2.28


“Survivor” recorded its lowest-rated finale ever Wednesday night. The CBS show drew a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, down half a point vs. both the spring and fall 2017 finales. That number may change a bit in the finals as the finale ran past 10 p.m. ET, but it won’t move the finale off the all-time low.

“Empire’s” season finale scored the night’s best 18-49 rating with a 1.6, even with its performance last week. “Star” closed its season with a 1.2, down 0.1 vs. a week ago.

The night’s only other original, a two-hour season finale for “Law & Order: SVU,” drew a 1.2. That’s up 0.2 vs. last week and even with last season’s final episode.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.60 6.81 5.33 2.57 0.91


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.1/6

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 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: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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