Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 1.9/7 5.82
Survivor (CBS) 1.6/6 8.01
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.6/6 5.72
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.0/4 5.77
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.22
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.3/5 4.59
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.22
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.9/7 6.35
Star (FOX) 1.4/5 4.64
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.3/5 5.77
SEAL Team (CBS) 1.2/5 8.36
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.4/5 4.94
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.2/5 6.13
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.1/4 6.16
Designated Survivor (ABC) 0.9/4 4.83


A week ago, the collective 18-49 rating for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC on Wednesday was down about 30 percent from premiere week in 2016. This week, every show on the Big 4 fell from its premiere rating.

“Empire” and “Modern Family” tied for the lead in the demographic with 1.9 ratings, down 0.5 and 0.2 from their respective debuts last week. “Empire” tied its series low, and “Modern Family,” which tied “Empire” for the first time, also matched its third-lowest mark ever.

At ABC, “The Goldbergs” (1.6), “American Housewife” (1.4) and “Designated Survivor” (0.9) all slipped two tenths of a point vs. last week, while “Speechless” was off a tenth. All three of NBC’s dramas lost a tenth vs. last week as well.

“Survivor” (1.6) and “Criminal Minds” (series low 1.1) each fell 0.2 to 1.6 for CBS. “SEAL Team” took a three-tenths loss to finish at 1.2 in its second week, but it held onto the title of the night’s most-watched show with 8.36 million viewers. “Star” was off four tenths at 1.4 on FOX.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.2/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.23 5.21 7.51 5.89 1.01


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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