Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Note: Some stations in the Southeastern U.S. pre-empted their prime-time schedules for coverage of Hurricane Matthew.

The numbers for Wednesday are down almost across the board, which is not good news for a pair of premieres on The CW:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.8/7 8.52
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.8/7 6.33
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.7/6 6.48
Blindspot (NBC) 1.3/5 5.61
Arrow (The CW) – P 0.7/3 1.89
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.8/6 6.10
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 3.3/11 9.24
Modern Family (ABC) 2.2/8 7.03
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.4/5 7.59
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.3/5 5.71
Frequency (The CW) – P 0.4/1 1.36
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.6/6 5.37
10 p.m. Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.6/6 7.10
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.3/5 6.17
Code Black (CBS) 1.0/4 5.86

 

Wednesday was a down night for nearly every show on the broadcast networks, with nothing improving on last week and only a few series even holding steady.

The night’s two premieres also struggled a bit. The CW’s “Arrow” debuted to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49, pending updates, down four tenths of a point in adults 18-49 vs. last season and off about two tenths from its 2015-16 average. New drama “Frequency” managed only a 0.4.

ABC and NBC were the steadiest networks on the night. At ABC, “Speechless” (1.8) and “Black-ish” (1.6) held steady with last week, while “The Goldbergs” (1.8) and “Modern Family” (2.2) each fell 0.1 and “Designated Survivor” (1.6) came down 0.2.

NBC’s “Blindspot” was even with last week’s 1.3. “Law & Order: SVU” (1.3, -0.2 vs. last week’s fast nationals) and “Chicago PD” (1.3, -0.2) were each down a little.

FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” posted a 1.7, down from 1.9 in last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up to 2.0 in the finals), while “Empire” was off three tenths at 3.3. CBS’ “Survivor” (1.8, -0.3), “Criminal Minds” (series low 1.4, -0.4) and “Code Black” (1.0, -0.2) all fell as well.

Network averages:

FOX ABC CBS NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.5/9 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.3/5  0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.86 6.50 7.32 5.83 1.62

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.1/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 1.1/4

Definitions:
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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