Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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 2.0/9 12.59
Big Brother (CBS) 1.4/7 5.45
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.0/5 3.56
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.09
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.1/1 0.71
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.32
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.28
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.56
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.43
9:30 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.25
10 p.m. I Feel Bad (NBC) – P 1.2/5 6.59
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.09
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.10
10:30 p.m. I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.8/4 4.21


The season finale of “America’s Got Talent” easily led the Wednesday primetime ratings this week, despite being down from its Tuesday night broadcast and its finale numbers from last year.

The NBC reality competition series scored a 2.0 average rating in adults 18-49 with 12.59 million viewers, significantly ahead of any of its competition in the demo and up four-tenths from its broadcast last Wednesday (1.6), but down three-tenths from the 2.3 it had scored Tuesday night. Pending updates, it was also down one whole point from the 3.0 it had pulled in with its season finale last year.

Following the “AGT” finale, “I Feel Bad” made its series premiere on the network, scoring a 1.2 with its first episode and a 0.8 with its second. For comparison’s sake, this was slightly lower than how season 2 of “The Good Place” (1.3) premiered last year, with the same “AGT” finale lead-in.

Elsewhere, the season finale of FOX’s “MasterChef” posted a 1.0 with 3.56 million viewers, down a tenth from the 1.1 its penultimate episode had scored a week ago. CBS’ “Big Brother” (1.4) was also down a tenth week-to-week, while the CW’s “Burden of Truth” fell from its previous 0.2 to a 0.1. All of the night’s other broadcasts were repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.99 3.56 3.70 2.41 0.57


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.9/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

“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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4


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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