ABC scored its second straight weekly win among adults 18-49 with a big assist from the premiere of “American Idol.”

The show gave ABC a big improvement on Sunday nights with a 2.3 rating, more than double the network’s prior 8-10 p.m. average. It finished tied for third in the 18-49 demographic behind “The Big Bang Theory” (2.6) and the Monday edition of “The Voice” (2.5).

CBS led the week in total viewers, capturing seven of the top 10 spots. “The Big Bang Theory” was No. 1 with 13.88 million people tuning in.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

March 5-11 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/5 (1) 0.9/4 (3) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.8/3 (4) 1.1/5 (2) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.34 (2) 7.21 (1) 1.15 (6) 3.09 (4) 5.13 (3) 1.10 (7) 1.63 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (4) 1.6/6 (2t) 0.6/2 (5) 1.6/6 (2t) 2.5/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.89 (3) 9.00 (2) 1.72 (5) 5.43 (4) 9.87 (1) 1.27 (7) 1.57 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,383
2 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,184
3 AMERICAN IDOL – P ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,967
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.3 2,915
5 THE BACHELOR – F ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,895
THE BACHELOR: AFTER THE FINAL ROSE – S ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,869
7 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 2.1 2,755
THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,751
9 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,213
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,211
11 9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,039
12 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.5 1,909
THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,889
14 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,835
NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,804
CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.4 1,743
17 GOOD GIRLS NBC Mon. 10:01 PM 1.3 1,618
18 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,574
DECEPTION – P ABC Sun. 10:01 PM 1.2 1,547
O.J. SIMPSON: THE LOST CONFESSION? – S FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,544
LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 1.2 1,534
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,526
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,526
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,510
25 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,477
AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 1.1 1,400
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.1 1,383
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,366

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for March 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 13,881
2 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,921
3 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 12,549
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 11,625
5 AMERICAN IDOL – P ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 10,483
6 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,109
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,098
8 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 9,397
9 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 9,101
10 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 9,026
11 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 8,891
12 60 MINUTES – S CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 8,448
13 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,441
14 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,249
15 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 9:00 PM 8,031
16 THE BACHELOR – F ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,959
17 THE BACHELOR: AFTER THE FINAL ROSE – S ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 7,789
18 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 7,713
19 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,074
20 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 7,022
21 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 6,749
22 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,618
23 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 6,617
24 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,312
25 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 10:00 PM 6,283

All program ratings are live + same-day. 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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