Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

The presidential debate dominated Wednesday’s ratings, but there was some movement from the early numbers among regular programming as well.

NBC’s “Blindspot” (1.2 in adults 18-49) and The CW’s “Frequency” (0.3) each adjusted down a tenth of a point from their fast national ratings. “Blindspot” is still up vs. last week’s 1.1, while “Frequency” is even with a week ago.

Since the presidential debate aired commercial-free, it’s not included in the final network averages. Final audience figures for the debate are noted with an asterisk in the chart.

Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in green; downward adjustments are in red.

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 2.2/8 7.57
Survivor (CBS) 1.9/7 8.59
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.7/6 6.66
Blindspot (NBC) 1.2/4 5.24
Arrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.79
8:30 p.m. Toy Story of Terror (ABC) – S 2.0/6 6.44
9 p.m. Presidential Debate (ABC) (9-10:36 p.m.) 3.1/9* 10.96*
Presidential Debate (NBC) (9-10:36 p.m.) 3.2/9* 10.39*
Presidential Debate (CBS) (9-10:36 p.m.) 2.5/7* 10.12*
Presidential Debate (FOX) (9-10:36 p.m.) 2.0/6* 6.60*
Frequency (The CW) 0.3/1 1.04
10:30 p.m. Debate Analysis (ABC) (10:36-11 p.m.) 2.3/7 8.27
Debate Analysis (NBC) (10:36-11 p.m.) 2.5/7 8.30
Debate Analysis (CBS) (10:36-11 p.m.) 1.8/6 7.39


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.9/6 1.7/6  0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.37 6.11 8.24 6.66 1.42


: 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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