Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Among regular programming Tuesday night, only one show had its 18-49 rating change from the preliminary numbers to the finals: The 8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” on ABC adjusted down a tenth of a point to 0.9.

The Big 4 networks aired the State of the Union address from 9-10:30 p.m. ET; since it was commercial-free and doesn’t count as part of the nets’ nightly average, it’s not included in the charts below. You can go here to see final numbers for the State of the Union address.

Downward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in red.

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.8/7 7.58
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS) – S 1.1/4 7.31
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.0/4 4.05
The Flash (The CW) 0.9/3 2.60
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – R 0.6/2 2.87
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 0.9/3 3.46
9 p.m. Black Lightning (The CW) 0.8/3 2.21
10:30 p.m. State of the Union analysis (NBC) (10:31-10:56 p.m.) 1.3/5 5.92
State of the Union analysis (CBS) (10:38-11 p.m.) 0.9/3 4.91
State of the Union analysis (ABC) (10:56-11 p.m.) 0.6/2 3.61


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 7.09 6.67 3.74 2.87 2.40


: 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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