Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Note: FOX’s live coverage of the World Series will likely result in greater than usual adjustments for the network in the final nationals.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. World Series Game 7 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 12.1/36 39.20
50th Annual CMA Awards (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.9/8 12.75
Survivor (CBS) 1.5/5 6.82
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/2 3.05
Arrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.63
9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.9/3 4.35
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.28
Frequency (The CW) 0.3/1 0.93
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) 0.7/2 4.44
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.7/2 3.09


The Chicago Cubs’ first World Series title in 108 years gave FOX massive ratings Wednesday night. Pending updates, the prime-time portion of the game (which ran well past midnight ET) drew 39.2 million viewers and a 12.1 rating in adults 18-49.

The late end time, plus a 17-minute rain delay that won’t count in the final nationals, will cause some changes to the final numbers. Its metered-market rating of 25.2 was the best for any baseball game since Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

Opposite the huge World Series game, other original programming predictably took a hit. ABC’s broadcast of the CMA Awards was the best of the non-sports offerings with a 2.9 in adults 18-49, down from 3.8 last year. “Survivor” (1.5) and “Code Black” (0.7) both scored series lows for CBS. “Arrow” dipped a tenth of a point vs. last week to 0.6, while “Frequency” held at 0.3.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 12.1/36 2.9/8 1.0/4 0.7/2  0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 39.20 12.75 5.20 3.14 1.28


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/2, 1.5/3

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/1, 1.4/3

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: n/a, delayed by CMA Awards overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/1, 0.8/2

“Nightline”: n/a, delayed

: 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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