Wednesday TV Ratings 8/16/23: The Wonder Years Drops for Finale, Food Stars Finale Rises as MasterChef Hits Low, Superfan Gets Even More Embarrassing (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: ABC sitcom 'The Wonder Years' closed out season two by losing a hundredth at 9 p.m. (0.22, -0.01), even as 'Judge Steve Harvey' (0.30, +0.02) grew by two-hundredths. Things got even worse at 9:30 p.m. when 'Wonder Years' (0.18, -0.04) lost another fistful of Nielsens for its Disney-themed finale. The comedy ultimately went out with a whimper as it led into a 10 p.m. rerun of 'The Rookie' (0.11). On Fox, 'Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars' (0.25, +0.03) enjoyed a nice uptick for its finale and retained a solid amount of a sinking 'MasterChef' (0.32, -0.02). CBS powerhouse 'Big Brother' (0.62, +0.06) grew significantly from Sunday's episode (0.56) and was only a hundredth behind last Wednesday's outing. But, even though it easily topped the night, 'Brother' could not stop 'Superfan' (0.16, -0.06) from taking a sizable post-premiere drop. 'Superfan' retained just 26% of its lead-in and led into another rerun of 'So Help Me Todd' (0.10). The CW's 'Nancy Drew' (0.05, +0.02) picked up two ticks and was followed by a stable 'Riverdale' (0.04, 0.00). NBC had repeats of 'LA Fire & Rescue' (0.20), 'Chicago Fire' (0.14), and 'Chicago PD' (0.15).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary rounded rating.



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMBig Brother0.6283.23CBS


Judge Steve Harvey0.3043.16ABC

LA Fire & Rescue (R)0.2031.97NBC

Nancy Drew0.0510.40The CW
9 PMGordon Ramsay's Food Stars (F)0.2531.51Fox

The Wonder Years0.2231.87ABC


Chicago Fire (R)0.1421.96NBC

Riverdale0.0400.19The CW
9:30 PMThe Wonder Years (F)0.1821.49ABC
10 PMChicago PD (R)0.1521.78NBC

The Rookie (R)0.1111.25ABC

So Help Me Todd (R)0.1011.29CBS
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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