Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Note: The CW was pre-empted in New York for baseball. The network may be subject to greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) – P 2.4/9 6.94
The Goldbergs (ABC) – P 1.8/7 6.07
Survivor (CBS) – P 1.7/7 8.09
The Blacklist (NBC) – P 1.1/4 6.20
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.27
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – P 1.4/5 5.01
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – P 2.1/8 6.90
Star (FOX) – P 1.8/7 5.48
SEAL Team (CBS) – P 1.5/6 9.70
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – P 1.4/5 5.67
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.15
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – P 1.6/6 5.63
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – P 1.3/5 7.03
Chicago PD (NBC) – P 1.3/5 6.04
Designated Survivor (ABC) – P 1.1/4 5.47


“Empire” opened its fourth season about where it ended its third (and was down a hefty amount from its third-season debut). But the show still showed it has some strength, leading primetime in adults 18-49 and giving “Star” a boost.

“Empire” delivered a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, on par with the 2.5 for its finale and down from its Season 3 average of 2.8 (it opened to 4.2 last season). “Star” scored a 1.8, its highest number since its first episode — which not coincidentally also had an “Empire” lead-in. It averaged 1.4 last season.

The night’s only new show, “SEAL Team,” drew an OK 1.5 for its premiere on CBS. It held onto most of its 18-49 lead-in from “Survivor” (1.7, off from last fall’s 1.9 average) and had the most viewers of any show on the night at 9.7 million. “Criminal Minds” debuted to a 1.3, vs. 1.9 for last season’s premiere and an 2016-17 average of 1.6.

ABC’s comedies all opened more or less in line with their 2016-17 averages. “The Goldbergs” scored a 1.8 (1.7 average last season, 2.0 for its premiere), “Speechless” 1.4 (1.6, 2.0), “Modern Family” 2.1 (2.1, 2.6) and “American Housewife” 1.6 (1.4, 1.9). “Designated Survivor’s” 1.1 was off 0.2 from its season average and down 50% from its series premiere last year.

“The Blacklist” (1.1) was off 0.2 from last season’s debut but up a tenth over its season average. “Law & Order: SVU” (1.4) fell 0.4 from its 2016 premiere and a tick ahead of its season-long number. “Chicago PD’s” 1.3 came down three tenths from last season’s premiere and a tenth from its season average.

As a whole, ratings for the Big 4 were off about 30 percent vs. premiere week last year.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/8 1.5/6 1.5/6 1.2/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.21 8.27 5.76 5.97 1.21


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.5/4, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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