Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.6/7 7.56
Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.05
Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.3/6 8.38
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/5 4.96
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/5 4.36
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/6 4.82
Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.67
All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.77
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.9/4 3.40
10 p.m. A Legendary Christmas (NBC) – S 0.8/3 4.35
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.47
Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.10


A night of Christmas specials gave NBC the win in total viewers, if not in adults 18-49.

The network’s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special posted a 1.3 rating, making it one of the night’s highest-rated broadcasts, despite being down four-tenths from the 1.7 it had scored in 2017. “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” followed it at 10 p.m., and raked in a 0.8 with 4.35 million viewers.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.2), “American Housewife” (1.0), “Modern Family” (1.3), and “Single Parents” (0.9) returned from a 2-week break, all down a tenth from their last episodes. “A Million Little Things,” however, was back up from its previous 0.7 to a 0.8, and managed to match “A Legendary Christmas” in the demo at 10 p.m.

On CBS, a 2-hour “Survivor” (1.6) grew three-tenths from last Wednesday and won the night in the demo. A “Magnum P.I.” rerun finished the night off for the network with a 0.5.

FOX’s “Empire” returned from a week off, and ticked up a tenth from a 1.4 to a 1.5, while “Star” held steady with another 1.1. After similarly taking last week off, the CW’s “Riverdale” came back with a 0.5, one-tenth up from its last episode’s 0.4, and “All American” scored a 0.3 for the fourth episode in a row.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.36 6.07 7.03 4.08 1.02


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

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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