Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 2018 World Series (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.8/12 11.33
Survivor (CBS) 1.4/6 7.35
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 7.75
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 4.98
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.43
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/5 4.35
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.5/6 5.22
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 7.65
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.42
All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.79
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.1/5 3.79
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.2/5 6.65
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.51
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.27


Despite facing heavier competition with the World Series, it was an up night for most of ABC’s Wednesday lineup this week.

After hitting a series low last week, “The Goldbergs” kicked off the night by ticking up two-tenths from its previous 1.1 to a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49. “Modern Family” (1.5) and “Single Parents” (1.1) were up two-tenths week-to-week as well, while “American Housewife” (1.1) ticked up one-tenth and “A Million Little Things” held onto its 0.8 yet again.

The CW also experienced some positive upticks throughout the night, with “Riverdale” (0.5) and “All American” (0.3) both coming in up a tenth from what they had scored a week ago. Similarly, on NBC, “Chicago Med” (1.3) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.2) each ticked back up a tenth, while “Chicago Fire” (1.3) held strong.

Elsewhere, it was a steady night across the board for CBS, as “Survivor” (1.4), “SEAL Team” (0.8), and “Criminal Minds” (0.7) all matched their last episodes.

FOX’s broadcast of Game 2 of the World Series predictably won the night, with a preliminary 2.8 average in adults 18-49 and 11.33 million viewers, down from Game 1’s 3.4 preliminary rating the night before. While it is expected to adjust up in the finals later today though, it looks like last night’s broadcast will be coming in quite a bit below Game 2 last year, which had scored a 3.9 early rating before adjusting up to a 4.2 final.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/12 1.3/6 1.1/5 1.0/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 11.33 7.35 4.37 5.68 1.11


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.5/7

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

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


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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