Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.5/8 10.08
Big Brother (CBS) 1.0/6 4.30
MasterChef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.8/4 3.13
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.67
Mysteries Decoded (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.64
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – R 0.4/3 2.10
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/3 1.99
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.38
Hypnotize Me (The CW) 0.1/1 0.43
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.57
10 p.m. A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC) – S 0.5/3 2.52
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.87
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.4/3 2.26


The “America’s Got Talent” season finale carried NBC to yet another Wednesday primetime ratings victory this week.

The “Got Talent” finale topped the night with a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.08 million viewers. The finale is not only up quite a bit from the 1.2 rating and 8.57 million viewer audience that the show scored a week ago, but also makes it “Got Talent’s” highest-rated and most-watched Wednesday broadcast of the season.

The NBC broadcast is, however, down from the 2.1 and 12.88 million viewers that the show’s 2018 season finale scored, and is currently “Got Talent’s” lowest-rated season finale to date. “Got Talent” was followed by a special primetime installment of “A Little Late With Lilly Singh,” which raked in a 0.5 and 2.52 million viewers in the night’s 10 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Big Brother” placed second in the night with a 1.0 rating and 4.3 million viewers, down a tick from the 1.1 and 4.57 million viewers it scored last Wednesday. Meanwhile, the season finale of FOX’s “MasterChef” posted a 0.8 with 3.13 million viewers, down from the 0.9 rating and 3.32 million viewer audience that its penultimate episode scored last week.

The CW’s “Hypnotize Me” (0.1) capped off the night by ticking down one-tenth from its previous episode’s 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.56 3.13 3.18 2.14 0.54


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.3/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.1/1, 0.9/4

1:35 a.m.

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh”: 0.2/2, 0.6/3


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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