Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 52nd Annual CMA Awards (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.1/9 10.06
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/6 7.19
Empire (FOX) 1.4/6 4.90
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 7.48
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.24
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/5 7.29
Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.70
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.18
All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.66
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.0/5 6.01
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.50


This year’s CMA Awards easily led the primetime ratings Wednesday night, despite falling considerably year-to-year.

ABC’s broadcast of the awards hit an all-time low this year with a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.06 million viewers, down over a full point from the 3.2 that last year’s CMAs had posted and over four million in total viewers.

Elsewhere, most of the networks managed to hold up fairly well against the awards show. FOX’s “Empire” (1.4) fell a tenth, and “Star” maintained a 1.1. On CBS, “Survivor” was similarly down two-tenths to a 1.4, while “SEAL Team” (0.8) and “Criminal Minds” (0.7) each slipped a tenth.

NBC’s “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.3) held steady with what they had scored a week ago. “Chicago P.D.” took a small hit, and fell a tenth from a 1.1 to a 1.0. Meanwhile, the CW’s “Riverdale” (0.4) and “All American” (0.3) both matched their previous episodes.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/9 1.3/5 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.06 4.30 6.93 5.62 0.95


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/4, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 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: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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