Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday, with a host of season finales, one series-ending episode and the start of a summer series:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Movie: Finding Nemo (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/5 4.24
The Price Is Right Primetime Special (CBS) 1.2/5 6.68
Rosewood (FOX) – F 0.8/3 3.44
Arrow (The CW) – F 0.8/3 2.21
Heartbeat (NBC) – F 0.7/3 4.22
9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – F 1.5/5 7.09
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 1.0/4 5.61
Wayward Pines (FOX) – P 0.9/3 3.11
Supernatural (The CW) – F 0.8/3 1.87
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) – F 1.4/5 6.86
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) – F 1.0/4 5.19
Nashville (ABC) – Series finale 0.9/3 4.17


“Law & Order: SVU” topped Wednesday’s adults 18-49 ratings with a 1.5, leading a parade of eight finales. It was up 0.3 vs. last week’s episode and a tenth better than last season’s finale.

The series finale of “Nashville” (0.9) was up a tenth of a point vs. last week, as was “Supernatural’s” finale (0.8) on The CW. The closing episodes of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” (1.4), “Arrow” (0.8) and “Heartbeat” (0.7) were all even with last week.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (1.0) hit a season low with its finale, down 0.1 from its last episode. “Rosewood” took the biggest hit, scoring a 0.9 for its finale — down 0.6 from last week when it preceded the “Empire” finale, but in line with its numbers for the episodes when it aired without “Empire.”

The premiere of “Wayward Pines” Season 2 drew a 0.9, off a tenth from its series debut last year.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.9/3  0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 6.05 4.22 5.83 3.28 2.04


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

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

: 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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