Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.8/7 8.20
Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) – S 1.7/7 9.01
Empire (FOX) 1.6/6 5.08
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.4/5 5.61
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.40
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.1/4 4.19
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.6/6 6.13
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5/5 7.11
Star (FOX) 1.2/4 3.68
Dynasty (The CW) 0.2/1 0.70
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/4 4.53
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.3/5 6.91
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo (CBS) – S 1.1/4 5.36
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.7/3 4.04


“Law & Order: SVU” had its best ratings of the season Wednesday with a format-breaking episode centering on Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) interview with a rape victim.

The show scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.11 million viewers, both of which are season highs. “Chicago PD” tied its season high at 1.3, and NBC’s annual special “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was even with last year at 1.7.

“Empire” returned from a week off to a smaller audience — its 1.6 was down from 2.0 two weeks ago. “Star” held steady at 1.2 for FOX.

ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.4, -0.1), “Modern Family” (1.6, -0.1), “American Housewife” (season low 1.0, -0.3) and “Designated Survivor” (0.7, -0.1) were all down vs. their last episodes. “Speechless” was steady at 1.1.

A two-hour “Survivor” drew a 1.8 for CBS, and a Bruno Mars concert special came in at 1.1. “Riverdale” and Dynasty” were both even with their last episodes on The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.5/6 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.25 7.68 4.38 4.76 1.05


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 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: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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