Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 18, 2017

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – F 1.9/8 7.71
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/6 7.39
Masterchef Junior (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.9/4 3.43
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.35
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/3 1.75
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.09
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.2/5 5.29
The Blacklist (NBC) 0.9/4 4.84
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.9/4 4.34
Supernatural (The CW) – F 0.6/2 1.65
10 p.m. The Blacklist (NBC) – F 0.9/4 4.90
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.7/3 3.80


The season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” helped carry ABC to a ratings win Thursday night. The show closed its 13th season with a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49, up a tenth of a point from last week, and was the evening’s top show by a comfortable margin. It also led the night in total viewers with 7.71 million.

The two-hour “Scandal” finale, however, was down a bit from last week, falling two tenths to 1.2.

Elsewhere, “Supernatural’s” final two episodes of the season each earned a 0.6, up from 0.5 last week. “Masterchef Junior” (0.9, +0.1) and “The Blacklist” (0.9, +0.1) also finished their seasons up slightly.

Two episodes of “The Amazing Race” scored 0.9 and 0.7 on CBS; last week’s show earned a 0.8.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.10 4.79 3.43 4.37 1.70


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.0/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 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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