Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.23
Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.01
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 7.99
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.11
Burden of Truth (The CW) – F 0.1/1 0.70
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/5 4.43
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.35
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 8.75
Star (FOX) 1.2/5 4.04
SEAL Team (CBS) – P 0.8/3 5.08
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.43
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.1/5 4.28
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.2/5 7.76
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.81
Criminal Minds (CBS) – P 0.7/3 4.44


It was a steady Wednesday night for NBC this week, as its trio of “Chicago” shows crossed over.

“Chicago Fire” kicked off the night at 8 p.m. with a 1.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, steady with what its premiere scored last week. It was followed by “Chicago Med” (1.3), up one-tenth from its premiere, and “Chicago P.D.” (1.2), which matched its premiere and won the 10 p.m. hour once again.

Like most of the night’s shows, though, CBS’ “Survivor” had a predictable post-premiere dip in its second week, still winning the 8 p.m. hour with a 1.5 and 7.23 million viewers, despite being down two-tenths from what it had scored a week ago. The season 2 premiere of “SEAL Team” lost most of its “Survivor” lead-in, though, and tied its previous series low 0.8, while “Criminal Minds” (0.7) rounded out CBS’ night by hitting a new low of its own.

FOX’s “Empire” had a predictable second week dip as well, falling four-tenths from its premiere’s 1.9 to a 1.5 this time around, tying for the no. 1 spot of the night in the demo. “Star” was similarly down week-to-week, but to a much lesser degree, slipping from a 1.4 to a 1.3 this time around. Elsewhere, “Burden of Truth” closed out its (mostly) steady first season with another 0.1, matching both its previous episode and its overall season average.

On ABC, both “The Goldbergs” (1.3) and “American Housewife” (1.1) fell one-tenth from their premieres, while “Modern Family” (1.4) and freshman comedy, “Single Parents,” (1.1) were down two-tenths. At 10 p.m., “A Million Little Things” also took a hit with its second episode, dropping from a 1.1 to a 0.8 this week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.53 8.16 4.59 5.58 0.56


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 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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