Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Note: NBC’s live Winter Olympics broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Winter Olympics (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 3.9/16 16.03
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.32
The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.7/3 3.02
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.28
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.85
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.0/4 7.04
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/4 6.08
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.71
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.61
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.91
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) 0.8/3 3.75
SWAT (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.91


The Winter Olympics slipped a bit in the ratings Thursday night, although NBC was still the runaway leader in primetime.

Pending updates, the preliminary 16.03 million viewers and 3.9 in adults 18-49 is the second-lowest mark of these Olympics so far. The first day of competition on Feb. 8, a day before the opening ceremony, drew 14.5 million viewers and a 3.4 in the fast nationals, rising to 16 million and 3.7 in the finals.

In metered markets, NBC and NBCSN earned a combined 13.0 household rating, up from 11.1 last week.

ABC was the only other network airing originals Thursday night. “The Bachelor Winter Games” (0.7) was off a tenth of a point from its premiere Tuesday, and a “20/20” special on the return of “Roseanne” scored a 0.8, a season high for the newsmagazine.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.9/16 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 16.03 5.53 3.26 1.49 0.73



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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