Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 2019 World Series: Game 2 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.9/13 11.78
Survivor (CBS) 1.3/6 6.77
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/6 7.67
The Goldbergs (ABC) 0.9/5 3.92
Riverdale (The CW) 0.3/2 0.91
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) 0.7/4 3.17
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/6 7.81
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.7/3 4.64
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.42
Nancy Drew (The CW) 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.6/3 2.48
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/6 6.69
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.6/3 3.83
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey (ABC) – S 0.5/2 3.34


NBC’s “One Chicago” lineup took some predictable hits Wednesday night, coming off their crossover-boosted numbers from a week ago.

Kicking the night off, “Chicago Med” returned to its usual 8 p.m. time slot with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.67 million viewers, predictably down from its 1.5 rating and 8.93 million viewer audience last week. At 9 p.m., “Chicago Fire” followed it with a 1.2, also down from its previous 1.3, while “Chicago P.D.” similarly dipped back down from a 1.3 to a 1.1.

Elsewhere, FOX’s broadcast of Game 2 of this year’s World Series easily topped the night’s ratings, averaging a 2.9 rating with 11.78 million viewers, pending updates. That puts it almost perfectly even with Game 1’s preliminary numbers from Tuesday night, and up a little from the preliminary 2.8 rating and 11.33 million viewer audience that last year’s Game 2 broadcast scored (which adjusted up to a 3.3 with 13.46 million viewers in the finals).

CBS’ “Survivor” posted a 1.3 with 6.77 million viewers, down a tenth from its 1.4 rating last Tuesday. “SEAL Team” (0.7) and “S.W.A.T (0.6), however, went the other way, ticking up one-tenth from their previous episodes.

It was a less steady night for ABC, as “The Goldbergs” (0.9), “Schooled” (0.7), and “Single Parents” (0.6) all slipped a tenth week-to-week. Additionally, at 10 p.m., the “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” special raked in a 0.5 with 3.34 million viewers, while “Modern Family” and “Stumptown” both took the week off.

On the CW, “Riverdale” managed to tick up from its previous 0.2 to a 0.3, but the same could not be said for “Nancy Drew,” which stayed even with its last outing’s 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/13 1.2/6 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.78 7.39 5.08 3.11 0.86



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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