Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 2.0/8 6.13
Survivor (CBS) 1.7/6 8.72
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.4/5 5.62
The Blacklist (NBC) 0.9/4 5.86
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.42
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.1/4 4.43
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.7/6 5.97
The Voice (NBC) 1.4/5 7.66
Star (FOX) 1.2/4 3.75
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.1/4 7.17
Dynasty (The CW) 0.2/1 0.66
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.3/5 4.89
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/5 6.38
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.0/4 5.60
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.8/3 4.08


“Empire” hit a three-episode high among adults 18-49 on its way to leading the night’s primetime slate. A host of other shows also posted gains.

“Empire” scored a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, tying its second-best mark of the season. It was the only show to reach the 2s for the night. Lead-out “Star” was even with last week at 1.2.

ABC’s comedies and “Designated Survivor” were all up from their last episodes two weeks ago. “Modern Family” (1.7) rose two tenths of a point, while “The Goldbergs” (1.4), “Speechless” (1.1), “American Housewife” (1.3) and “Designated Survivor” (0.8) all added a tenth.

All of CBS’ shows rose too: “SEAL Team” (1.1) grew by 0.2, and “Survivor” (1.7) and “Criminal Minds” (1.0) each rose by 0.1. NBC’s “Chicago PD” jumped three tenths to 1.2, possibly with help from a special edition of “The Voice” (1.4) as its lead-in. “The Blacklist” was steady at 0.9.

“Riverdale” (0.5) and “Dynasty” (0.2) were both even with last week on The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.2/5 1.2/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.94 7.16 6.64 4.84 1.04


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

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