Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) – P 1.9/9 6.08
Survivor (CBS) (8-9:30 p.m.) – P 1.6/7 7.67
The Goldbergs (ABC) – P 1.4/7 5.13
Chicago Med (NBC) – P 1.2/6 7.68
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.1/1 0.58
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – P 1.2/6 4.43
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – P 1.6/7 5.40
Star (FOX) – P 1.5/6 4.73
Chicago Fire (NBC) – P 1.2/6 7.96
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.50
9:30 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) (9:30-11 p.m.) – F 1.7/7 5.72
Single Parents (ABC) – P 1.3/6 4.91
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) – P 1.2/6 7.14
A Million Little Things (ABC) – P 1.1/5 5.06


For the first time this week, NBC did not beat the rest of the Big 4 networks in the adults 18-49 demo – with FOX taking the no. 1 spot Wednesday night.

The season 5 premiere of “Empire” kicked off the night for FOX with a 1.9 rating. It was the highest-rated broadcast of the night, down from its season premiere last year (2.4), but ahead of both its finale (1.7) and its previous season average (1.8). “Star” followed it up with a solid 1.5 of its own, down from its premiere last Fall (1.8) but similarly ahead of its season 2 finale (1.3) and overall average (1.3).

It was also a fairly solid night for CBS, as “Survivor” (1.6) returned only down a tenth from its premiere last year, and the finale of “Big Brother” (1.6) came in as one of its season’s best Wednesday night broadcasts.

ABC continued its lukewarm start to the season this year, with its returning comedies putting up OK numbers, but all coming in fairly lower than their premieres last year. “The Goldbergs” (1.4) fell four-tenths year-to-year, while “American Housewife” (1.2) and “Modern Family” (1.6) were each down four and six-tenths, respectively, from their previous premieres.

The series premiere of the network’s new half-hour comedy, “Single Parents” didn’t manage to make much of a splash in the ratings either with a 1.3 – retaining about 81% of its “Modern Family” lead-in. The debut of “A Million Little Things” rounded out the night with an unremarkable 1.1, the same as what the season 2 premiere of “Designated Survivor” scored in the time slot last year.

Elsewhere, not only did the returns of “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D.” rake in consecutive 1.2s on NBC, but they each also scored the most total viewers in their respective time slots (7.68, 7.96, and 7.14 million). While the trio of shows continued this year’s trend of veteran series returning down from their previous premieres (-0.1, -0.3, and -0.1) as well, they all were in line with their 2017-18 season averages.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.6/7 1.3/6 1.2/6 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.40 6.70 4.99 7.59 0.54


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

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

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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