Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/7 5.45
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.4/7 9.73
Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 3.36
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.84
Burden of Truth (The CW) 0.1/1 0.66
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.32
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.0/5 5.19
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.47
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.70
Back to School Just for Laughs (The CW) – S 0.1/1 0.49
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.05
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.11
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.95


The Wednesday night primetime leaders stayed the same week-to-week, even with both taking small hits in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures.

CBS’ “Big Brother” was the highest-rated broadcast of the night, scoring a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 – down a tenth from the 1.6 final it had adjusted up to last Wednesday. After going head-to-head with “Big Brother” in the 8 p.m. hour again, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the second highest-rated of the night with a 1.4 – also down a tenth from what it had scored a week ago.

“Got Talent” remained the night’s most-watched broadcast with 9.73 million viewers tuning in, over 4 million more than “Big Brother’s” 5.45 million. Meanwhile, “World of Dance” rounded out the night for NBC by taking a similar hit as the night’s leaders, falling one-tenth from its previous 1.1 to a 1.0 this time around.

On FOX, another 2-hour edition of “MasterChef” held steady with a 1.0 yet again. The CW’s “Burden of Truth” (0.1) returned from a week off even with its last episode, while a “Back to School Just for Laughs” special raked in a 0.1 on the network as well.

In the network race, NBC is predictably leading again with a 1.2 overall in the 18-49 demo and 6.70 million total viewers, followed by FOX (1.0) and CBS (0.8) in second and third place. A night of encores gave ABC a 0.6 average, putting it in fourth, while The CW (0.1) remained in last place.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.70 3.36 3.75 2.32 0.58


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”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

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, 1.1/4

“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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