Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday, which feature series lows for a pair of NBC shows and a slight decline for the night’s No. 1 show:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.1/8 9.39
The Middle (ABC) 1.7/6 6.90
Rosewood (FOX) 1.2/4 4.26
Heartbeat (NBC) 0.7/3 4.14
Arrow (The CW) 0.7/3 2.08
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.9/7 6.58
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 3.6/12 9.35
Modern Family (ABC) 2.2/8 7.38
Criminal Minds (CBS) – F 1.8/6 8.83
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.1/4 5.21
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.54
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.6/5 5.60
10 p.m. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) 1.2/4 6.81
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/4 6.24
Nashville (ABC) 0.9/3 3.92


NBC had a rough night Wednesday, as both “Law & Order: SVU” (1.1 rating in adults 18-49) and “Chicago PD” (1.2) fell to series lows. They were each down three tenths of a point from their last original episodes. “Heartbeat” was even with last week at 0.7.

“Empire” (3.6) was down 0.1 from last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals) but still led the night easily. “Rosewood” was steady at 1.2 for FOX. ABC’s “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family” all held even with their last regular episodes, and “Black-ish” rose 0.1 to a 1.6.

The season finale of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (1.8) was up a tenth vs. its last episode, and both “Survivor” (2.1) and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (1.2) were even with last week. The CW’s “Arrow” (0.7) and “Supernatural” (0.6) fell 0.2 and 0.1, respectively.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/8 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.0/4  0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.80 8.34 5.72 5.20 1.81


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/5, 2.5/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/2, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

: 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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