Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, August 9, 2018

As predicted, every primetime show across all of the broadcast networks last night adjusted down significantly from their early adults 18-49 ratings without the NFL pre-emptions.

CBS’ “Big Brother” maintained its place as the highest-rated broadcast of the night, but still adjusted down six-tenths from its initial 2.0 to a 1.4. ABC’s “The Gong Show” (0.4), “Match Game” (0.6) and “Take Two” (0.6) each adjusted down two-tenths and four-tenths of a point from their respective, initial numbers as well.

On NBC, the two newest episodes of “Trial & Error” adjusted down from 1.1 and 1.0 ratings to 0.4 and 0.3s this afternoon. While these numbers were more in line with their previous episodes this season, the 0.3 was a new series low for the NBC comedy.

Downward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in red.

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.60
America’s Got Talent (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.82
MasterChef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.6/3 1.84
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.4/2 2.35
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.62
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.12
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.4/7 4.99
Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 2.97
Trial & Error (NBC) 0.4/2 1.91
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.53
9:30 p.m. Trial & Error (NBC) 0.3/1 1.37
10 p.m. Take Two (ABC) 0.6/3 2.95
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.39
SWAT (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.35


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.02 1.84 2.76 2.37 0.58



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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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