Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – P 2.5/12 7.90
Survivor (CBS) (8-9:30 p.m.) – P 1.3/6 6.29
Chicago Med (NBC) – P 1.0/5 7.41
The Goldbergs (ABC) – P 1.0/6 4.48
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
8:30 p.m. Schooled (ABC) – P 0.8/4 3.44
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – P 1.1/5 7.22
Modern Family (ABC) – P 1.0/5 4.04
Hypnotize Me (The CW) 0.1/1 0.45
9:30 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) (9:30-11 p.m.) – F 1.2/6 4.23
Single Parents (ABC) – P 0.7/3 2.81
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) – P 1.1/6 6.52
Stumptown (ABC) – P 0.7/4 4.53


It was FOX that won the first Wednesday night of the 2019-20 season, thanks to a (predictably) strong showing from “The Masked Singer.”

The reality-competition series kicked off its second season with the same dominance that it demonstrated throughout its first, with its second 2 premiere averaging a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. It beat the rest of the night’s broadcasts by more than one whole point in the 18-49 demo, and generated the night’s largest audience.

Similar to almost every other returning show this season, “The Masked Singer” is down from the 3.0 rating that its series premiere scored back in January, as well as the 3.6 that its season 1 finale posted in February. Still, “The Masked Singer” premiere matched its first season’s overall demo average, and is the highest-rated premiere of the season so far.

CBS’ “Survivor” placed second in the night, with its 90-minute season premiere raking in a 1.3 and 6.29 million viewers, down four-tenths from its fall premiere last year. The 90-minute “Big Brother” season finale followed it with a 1.2 and 4.23 million viewers, up from its last Tuesday broadcast’s 1.1 rating.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “One Chicago” lineup returned in full-force Wednesday night. At 8 p.m. “Chicago Med” premiered with a 1.0 and 7.41 million viewers, while the premiere of “Chicago Fire” grabbed a 1.1 and 7.22 million viewers in the 9 p.m. hour. Both shows were down two-tenths from their fall premieres a year ago. “Chicago P.D.,” however, not only topped the 10 p.m. hour with a 1.1 and 6.52 million viewers, but also stayed steady with its last season’s overall average.

On ABC, “The Goldbergs” (1.0), “Schooled” (0.8), and “Single Parents” (0.7) all returned down from their previous season premieres and their overall 2018-19 season averages. “Modern Family” also debuted its final season with its lowest-rated season premiere to date, raking in just a 1.0 and 4.04 million viewers.

At 10 p.m., the series premiere of “Stumptown” only managed a 0.7 rating as well, but did generate a 4.53 million viewer audience for itself, up about 2 million from its “Single Parents” lead-in’s 2.81 million viewers.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “Hypnotize Me” followed a “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” rerun by matching its 0.1 from a week ago.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.5/12 1.2/6 1.1/5 0.8/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.90 5.26 7.05 3.97 0.61


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.2/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.6/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 0.9/4


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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