Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.6/7 7.64
Empire (FOX) 1.5/6 5.02
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.11
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 8.40
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.36
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/5 4.45
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.43
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 8.23
Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.73
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.9/4 5.63
All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.78
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.0/5 3.84
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.88
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/3 4.53
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 3.28


Most of Wednesday night’s primetime shows recovered from their Halloween lows last week, and managed to inch back up in the ratings this week.

“The Goldbergs” kicked off the night for ABC, and rose from its previous 1.0 to a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49. “American Housewife” (1.1) and “Modern Family” (1.4) followed it by ticking up two-tenths, while “Single Parents” (1.0) grew a tenth. “A Million Little Things” was the network’s only show to take a hit week-to-week, and after holding onto a 0.8 for five straight weeks, fell to a new series low 0.7.

Elsewhere, it was a solid night for CBS, starting with “Survivor,” which won the night with a 1.6, up three-tenths from the 1.3 it had scored a week ago. “SEAL Team” (0.9) and “Criminal Minds” (0.8) ticked up as well, and tied their season highs.

FOX’s “Empire” (1.3) and “Star” (1.1) experienced similar upticks from their episodes a week ago, as they each rose three and two-tenths, respectively. On the CW, “Riverdale” returned from a week off, down from its last episode’s 0.5 to a 0.4 this time around. “All American,” however, was steady with another 0.3.

On NBC, “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.3) both grew a tenth. “Chicago P.D.” stayed even with a 1.1, and combined, the three shows made NBC the night’s most-watched network yet again.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.1/5 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.37 7.83 5.93 4.42 1.07


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 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: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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