Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.56
Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.06
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 7.98
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.05
Riverdale (The CW) – P 0.5/2 1.52
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/4 4.32
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.08
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 8.22
Star (FOX) 1.3/6 4.25
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.9/4 5.56
All American (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.71
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.0/4 3.66
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.2/5 7.09
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/3 4.61
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.68


The CW continued to kick off its new TV season Wednesday night, starting with the season 3 premiere of “Riverdale” at 8 p.m., which scored a 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 1.52 million viewers. It was down three-tenths from its second season premiere last year, but even with its overall 2017-18 season average.

The series premiere of new high school drama, “All American,” followed “Riverdale” at 9 p.m. with a 0.2, one-tenth lower than the 0.3 that the “Dynasty” premiere scored in the same time slot last year, but even with what the premiere of “Life Sentence” posted in the same hour earlier this year.

NBC’s “Chicago” trio continued to impress, as “Med,” (1.3), “Fire,” (1.3) and “P.D.” (1.2) were all even with their previous episodes, matching last week’s crossover event in the 18-49 demo and giving NBC the overall win again in total viewers (7.76 million) for the night. FOX’s “Empire” (1.5) was even with its last episode as well, while “Star” (1.3) managed to tick up a tenth this week.

It was a similarly steady night for ABC, as “The Goldbergs,” (1.3) “Modern Family” (1.4), and “A Million Little Things” (0.8) all held steady week-to-week. Rounding out the night for the network were new episodes of “Single Parents” (1.0) and “American Housewife” (1.0), both of which fell only a tenth from what they had scored a week ago.

On CBS, “Survivor” maintained a 1.5 for the second week in a row, while “SEAL Team” (0.9) and “Criminal Minds” (0.8) were actually both up a tenth from their premieres last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.1/5 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.66 7.76 5.91 4.36 1.11


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.0/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 1.0/4


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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