Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday include typical second-week dips for a number of veteran shows, a couple of CBS premieres and pretty good retention for three new series:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 2.1/8 9.12
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.9/7 7.05
The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.9/7 6.45
Blindspot (NBC) 1.2/5 5.57
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.60
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) 1.8/6 6.40
9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 3.6/12 9.58
Modern Family (ABC) 2.3/8 7.34
Criminal Minds (CBS) – P 1.8/6 8.87
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5/5 6.05
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.56
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 1.6/5 5.56
Whose Line Is it Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.42
10 p.m. Designated Survivor (ABC) 1.8/6 7.91
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.5/5 6.08
Code Black (CBS) – P 1.2/4 6.35


Wednesday’s three new series all showed pretty good retention from their premieres. ABC’s “Speechless” (1.8 rating in adults 18-49, down 0.2 vs. its debut) and “Designated Survivor” (1.8, -0.4) and FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” (1.9, -0.3) all held better than 80 percent of their premiere ratings.

“Empire” remained No. 1 by a comfortable margin with a 3.6 in adults 18-49, off about 14 percent from the 4.2 for its premiere (last season, episode 2 declined about 17 percent from the premiere). CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (1.8) and “Code Black” (1.2) premiered to lower numbers than last season, falling two tenths and three tenths from their respective debuts. “Survivor,” meanwhile, dipped 0.2 from its premiere to a 2.1.

“The Goldbergs” (1.9) had the best retention among ABC’s comedies, falling only 0.1 from last week’s premiere. “Modern Family” (2.3) and “Black-ish” (1.6) were off 0.3 and 0.4. NBC’s “Blindspot” (1.2, -0.1), “Law & Order: SVU” (1.5, -0.3) and “Chicago PD” (1.5, -0.1) all came down a little bit from their ratings a week ago.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/9 1.9/7 1.7/6 1.4/5  0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.32 6.93 8.11 5.90 1.55


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

: 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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