Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.4/7 7.23
Empire (FOX) – F 1.2/6 4.09
The Goldbergs (ABC) – F 1.1/6 4.70
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.0/5 7.75
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – F 0.9/5 3.92
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/4 7.71
Modern Family (ABC) – F 1.0/5 4.37
Star (FOX) – F 1.0/5 3.46
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.8/4 4.50
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.3/2 0.71
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – F 0.7/3 2.63
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 0.9/4 6.34
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.6/3 4.12
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) 0.4/2 2.45


“Empire” finished off its fifth season with a small uptick in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week.

The FOX drama was the night’s highest-rated scripted broadcast with a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, up one-tenth from its 1.1 a week ago. Similarly, the season finale of “Star” grabbed a 1.0, also up from the 0.9 it scored last week.

Elsewhere, it was a night of comedy finales on ABC. “The Goldbergs” (1.1) and “Schooled” (0.9) wrapped up their respective seasons, up one-tenth from their ratings a week ago, while the “Modern Family” (1.0) and “Single Parents” (0.7) season finales matched the ratings of their penultimate episodes. “Whiskey Cavalier,” however, ticked back down from its previous 0.5 to a 0.4.

NBC’s “Chicago” lineup returned from a week off, starting with “Chicago Med” (1.0), which held steady with its last outing. The same could not be said for “Chicago Fire” (1.0) and “Chicago P.D.” (0.9), as both returned down one-tenth to new season lows.

On CBS, “Survivor” (1.4) and “SEAL Team” (0.6) both stayed even week-to-week, and “The Amazing Race” slipped again, this time from a 0.9 to a 0.8.

Meanwhile, it was an up night for the CW, as “Riverdale” (0.3) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3) each managed to tick up one-tenth from their 0.2s last Wednesday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 1.0/5 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.78 7.27 5.28 3.42 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.3/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/1, 1.0/3


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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