Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) 2.1/10 7.22
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/7 6.84
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 8.07
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.0/5 4.15
Riverdale (The CW) 0.2/2 0.83
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.8/4 3.43
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.4/7 8.83
Modern Family (ABC) 1.0/5 4.19
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/3 4.49
Almost Family (FOX) 0.7/3 2.48
Nancy Drew (The CW) 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.7/4 2.81
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.4/7 8.63
Stumptown (ABC) 0.6/3 2.81
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.5/3 3.60


Fortunately for several shows, it was an up night in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week.

CBS’ “Survivor” hit new season highs in both the adults 18-49 and total viewer measures with a 1.4 rating and 8.83 million viewers, up from the 1.2 and 6.51 million viewer audience it scored last Wednesday. “SEAL Team” similarly ticked up from a 0.6 to a 0.7, and “S.W.A.T.” capped off the night for the network with a 0.5, down from its previous 0.6.

A 3-part crossover event carried all of NBC’s “Chicago” shows to new season highs as well. Swapping time slots with “Chicago Med” this week, “Chicago Fire” kicked off the night at 8 p.m. with a 1.3 rating and 8.07 million viewers. “Chicago Med” followed it with a 1.4 and 8.83 million viewers, leading into a new “Chicago P.D.” at 10 p.m., which rose to a 1.4 with 8.63 million viewers as well.

Combined, the trio of “Chicago” shows carried NBC to another total viewer win over the other networks for the night. Meanwhile, FOX’s “The Masked Singer” remained the night’s no. 1 show with a 2.1, up one-tenth from its 2.0 rating a week ago. “Almost Family,” however, failed to score the same kind of uptick, and instead, matched its last episode’s 0.7 final rating. As a result, FOX tied with NBC for the night’s overall 18-49 demo win.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Schooled” (0.8) and “Modern Family” (1.0) both managed to tick up one-tenth from their ratings a week ago, while “The Goldbergs” (1.0), “Single Parents” (0.7), and “Stumptown” (0.6) all stayed even week-to-week.

On the CW, “Riverdale” fell from its season premiere’s 0.4 rating to a 0.2 this time around, and “Nancy Drew” also ticked down from a 0.3 to a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/7 1.4/7 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.51 4.85 4.98 3.37 0.82



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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