Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.3/6 7.07
Empire (FOX) 1.2/5 4.21
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.1/5 7.69
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.0/5 4.78
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.74
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.16
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/5 7.91
Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/5 5.00
Star (FOX) 0.9/4 3.38
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.41
Legacies (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.58
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.9/4 3.72
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.95
A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.31
Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.39


It was a predictably down night in the Wednesday primetime ratings this week, as the Halloween holiday resulted in most of the night’s shows taking noticeable week-to-week hits.

It was a particularly hard night for FOX, as both of its Wednesday shows returned from a week off to new series lows last night. “Empire” was down four-tenths from a 1.6 to a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, and “Star” similarly returned with a 0.9, three-tenths less than its previous episode’s 1.2.

ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.0), “American Housewife” (0.9), and “Modern Family” (0.9) were also all down two or three-tenths, while “Single Parents” (0.9) fell a tenth. “A Million Little Things,” however, stayed consistent, and maintained a 0.8 yet again.

CBS had a slightly better night, as “Survivor” fell two-tenths to a 1.3, but “SEAL Team” (0.8) and “Criminal Minds” (0.7) held steady. NBC’s “Chicago Med” (1.1), “Chicago Fire” (1.2), and  “Chicago P.D.” (1.1) all inched down a tenth or two as well. “Fire” and “P.D” won their respective time slots though, and combined, all three gave NBC the win in total viewers for the night and a tie with FOX for no. 1 in adults 18-49

The CW took the night off with “Charmed” (0.2) and “Legacies” (0.2) repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.52 3.80 5.62 4.19 0.66


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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

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

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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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