Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 1.6/7 5.19
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/6 7.28
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 7.64
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5 4.89
Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.27
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/4 4.18
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 7.86
Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/6 4.99
Star (FOX) 1.2/5 3.84
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.53
All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.64
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.0/4 3.53
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.2/5 7.02
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.34
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.53


Coming off its season 3 premiere last week, The CW’s “Riverdale” took a small second week dip Wednesday night, falling a tenth from a 0.5 to a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49. It was followed again by “All American,” which maintained its series premiere’s 0.2.

At 8 p.m., “The Goldbergs” kicked off a fairly steady night for ABC by falling two-tenths from its previous 1.3 to a series low 1.1. “Modern Family” (1.3) was also down a tenth week-to-week, while “Single Parents” (1.0), “American Housewife” (1.0), and “A Million Little Things” (0.8) were all even with their last episodes.

On FOX, “Empire” similarly held onto its 1.6 final rating from last week – making it the night’s highest-rated show. “Star” (1.2) however, was down from its previous 1.3. NBC’s “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.3) also fell a tenth, while “Chicago P.D.” (1.2) stayed steady.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Survivor” is currently sitting at a season low 1.4. Both “SEAL Team” (0.8) and “Criminal Minds” (0.7) inched down a tenth as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.52 7.51 5.78 4.18 0.95


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 1.8/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

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


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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