The 90th Oscars hit historic lows in the Nielsen ratings — and were still far and away the top show on television in the week of Feb. 26.

The 6.8 rating among adults 18-49 for the awards more than doubled the rating for the second-place show (3.2 for the last segment of ABC’s red carpet coverage). In total viewers, the Oscars (26.54 million) had a 93 percent advantage over “The Big Bang Theory’s” 13.76 million.

 

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

Feb. 26-March 4 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.9/8 (1) 0.9/3 (3) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.8/3 (4) 1.1/4 (2) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.6/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 7.63 (1) 6.76 (2) 1.16 (6) 2.82 (4) 5.06 (3) 1.14 (7) 1.75 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.4/6 (4) 1.6/6 (3) 0.6/2 (5) 1.7/6 (2) 2.6/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.88 (3) 9.04 (1) 1.74 (5) 5.52 (4) 10.07 (1) 1.28 (7) 1.56 (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 Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE OSCARS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 6.8 8,814
2 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET 3 – S ABC Sun. 7:31 PM 3.2 4,091
3 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.8 3,591
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,250
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.5 3,177
6 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,038
7 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 2.1 2,770
YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 2.1 2,740
9 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,604
10 THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,315
11 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,202
12 9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,971
MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.5 1,961
GOOD GIRLS – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,960
15 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.4 1,840
16 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,714
THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 1.3 1,706
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,649
19 SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,608
NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,563
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,523
CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,501
23 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,434
LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 1.1 1,429
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,391
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,383
WILL & GRACE NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,380
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC Thurs. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,366
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.1 1,361
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,359

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE OSCARS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 26,541
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 13,759
3 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET 3 – S ABC Sun. 7:31 PM 13,132
4 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,458
5 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 12,422
6 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 12,316
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,840
8 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,702
9 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 10,009
10 THIS IS US NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 9,741
11 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 9,060
12 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 8,953
13 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,266
14 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,191
15 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 8,002
16 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 7,825
17 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,526
18 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 7,275
19 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 6,927
20 60 MINUTES PRESENTS – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 6,585
THE BACHELOR ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,585
22 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 6,497
23 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,093
24 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,092
25 GOOD GIRLS – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 5,981

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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