Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 1.9/7 5.86
Survivor (CBS) 1.6/6 7.92
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.4/5 5.61
The Blacklist (NBC) 0.9/4 5.63
Riverdale (The CW) – P 0.8/3 2.30
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.1/4 4.34
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.8/7 6.21
Star (FOX) 1.5/6 4.59
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.2/5 7.88
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.2/5 5.72
Dynasty (The CW) – P 0.4/2 1.34
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.4/5 5.03
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/5 5.97
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.1/4 5.93
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.9/4 4.60


“Riverdale” began its second season on The CW Wednesday night with its best ratings ever. The show scored a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, three tenths of a point higher than its previous best set by the series premiere. The CW says the show was the highest-rated among teens (ages 12-17) on the network since a “Vampire Diaries” episode five years ago.

The network’s remake of “Dynasty,” however, didn’t fare as well. It came in at 0.4, slightly ahead of the 0.3 for “Frequency” in the same timeslot last fall.

“Empire” led the night in adults 18-49 with a 1.9, even with last week. “Star” was up a tenth of a point for FOX at 1.5.

On ABC, “The Goldbergs” (1.4, -0.2), “Speechless” (1.1, -0.2) and “Modern Family” (1.8, -0.1) were all down week to week, while “American Housewife” and “Designated Survivor” held steady. “Survivor,” “SEAL Team” and “Criminal Minds” were all even with last week for CBS.

“The Blacklist” dipped a tenth of a point to 0.9 on NBC, as did “Law & Order: SVU” (1.2). “Chicago PD” held steady at 1.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.3/5 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 5.22 7.24 5.06 5.77 1.82


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.6/3, 2.5/7

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 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: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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