Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.5/7 9.93
Big Brother (CBS) 1.4/7 5.57
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 3.66
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.46
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.89
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.1/5 5.63
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.79
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.92
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.59
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.23
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.94
Castaways (ABC) 0.4/2 1.86


NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” took the no. 1 spot away from CBS’ “Big Brother” Wednesday night, scoring a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 – even with what it had scored last Wednesday. With 9.93 million viewers, “Got Talent” was also easily the most-watched broadcast of the night, raking in over 4 million more viewers than what any of the night’s other shows did.

The season 2 finale of “World of Dance” not only managed to stay even with another 1.1, but was also its most-watched Wednesday night broadcast of the season with 5.63 million viewers – ever since switching over to the new night back in July. Meanwhile, “Big Brother” ticked down from the 1.6 it had scored last week to a 1.4 this time around.

On FOX, another 2-hour “MasterChef” was up one-tenth week-to-week from its previous 1.0 to a 1.1. Elsewhere, ABC’s “Castaways” rounded out an encore-heavy night for the network with a 0.4, even with its Tuesday broadcast from the night before, and The CW’s “Burden of Truth” ticked up one-tenth from a 0.1 to a 0.2.

NBC won the night’s network race with a 1.3 overall average in the adults 18-49 demo, followed by FOX (1.1) in second and CBS (0.8) in third. ABC (0.6) came fourth, and the CW (0.1) stayed in fifth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.1/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.06 3.66 3.81 2.65 0.68


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/4, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“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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