Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday are pretty consistent with last week, but the night’s No. 1 show improved:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.8/6 8.46
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.8/6 6.42
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.7/6 6.61
Blindspot (NBC) 1.1/4 4.98
Arrow (The CW) 0.7/3 1.88
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.6/5 5.67
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 3.1/10 8.37
Modern Family (ABC) 2.2/8 7.27
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.4/5 7.56
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.1/4 5.86
Frequency (The CW) 0.3/1 1.00
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.6/5 5.56
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.3/5 6.35
Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.2/4 5.52
Code Black (CBS) 0.9/3 5.68


“Empire” rebounded some from its series low ratings last week and led FOX to the No. 1 ranking among adults 18-49. The show improved by 0.2 week to week and got back above the 3.0 mark with a 3.1 rating in the demographic. “Lethal Weapon” was off slightly at 1.7 vs. last week’s 1.8.

Just about everything else was within its normal range as well, with small movements up or down compared to last week. “Criminal Minds” (1.4) and “Blindspot” (1.1) each rose a tenth of a point, while “Survivor” (1.9), “Modern Family” (2.2) and “Speechless” (1.6) all fell by a tenth. “The Goldbergs” dipped 0.2 to a 1.8.

The first of two “Chicago PD” episodes was low for NBC at 1.1, but the second, airing in its regular timeslot, was even with last week’s 1.3. “Black-ish” (1.6) is even with last week’s fast nationals and 0.1 ahead of its final number. “Designated Survivor” (1.2), “Code Black” (0.9), “Arrow” (0.7) and “Frequency” (0.3) all matched their numbers from last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/8 1.6/6 1.4/5 1.2/4  0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.49 5.99 7.23 5.73 1.44


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

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

: 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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