Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.0/5 4.80
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.8/4 4.77
MasterChef (FOX) – P 0.8/4 3.10
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/4 3.39
My Last Days (The CW) 0.2/1 0.67
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.74
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – R 0.7/4 2.32
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.59
NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget (CBS) – P 0.4/2 3.73
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.2/1 0.56
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.24
10 p.m. The InBetween (NBC) – P 0.6/3 3.69
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.04
NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget (CBS) 0.4/2 3.31
10:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.80


Another unscripted premiere led NBC to its third straight primetime ratings win this week.

The network’s 2-hour season premiere of “American Ninja Warrior” took the no. 1 spot Wednesday night with a 1.0 average rating in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers. But despite winning the night, “Ninja Warrior” did take a small hit year-to-year, coming in two-tenths below its 2018 season premiere.

The series premiere of “The InBetween” followed “Ninja Warrior” at 10 p.m. with a 0.6 and 3.69 million viewers, putting it on par with the 0.6 and 2.88 million viewers that “Reverie” premiered with in the same time slot last year.

Elsewhere, the season premiere of FOX’s “MasterChef” grabbed a 0.8 with 3.1 million viewers, down three-tenths from the 1.1 that its 2-hour season premiere scored a year ago.

CBS’ “The Amazing Race” tied with the “MasterChef” premiere as the night’s second-highest-rated broadcast, posting a 0.8 with 4.77 million viewers. That’s down a tenth from the 0.9 that “Amazing Race” scored in the 8 p.m. hour last week, but is even with its overall average from the night.

Back-to-back episodes of “NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget,” formerly known as “48 Hours: NCIS,” rounded out the night for CBS with matching 0.4s.

On the CW, “My Last Days” grabbed a 0.2, up one-tenth from its 0.1 final rating a week ago, and “Jane the Virgin” held steady with another 0.2. Meanwhile, ABC took the night off with a lineup of comedy reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.5/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.43 2.71 3.94 2.47 0.61


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.9/3


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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