Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

The numbers for Friday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 5.7/22 23.69
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/4 4.33
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 0.6/2 2.77
Who Shot Biggie and Tupac? (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 1.80
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) 0.2/1 0.62
9 p.m. Child Support (ABC) – F 0.4/2 2.20
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.3/1 0.79
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) 0.6/3 3.32
Bull (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.20


The opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics ruled Friday’s ratings, as you’d expect, but fell a good bit short of the 2014 opening ceremony.

NBC’s tape-delayed broadcast earned a 16.9 household rating in metered markets; in fast nationals, which will adjust in the finals, it sits at 23.69 million viewers and a 5.7 in adults 18-49. The 2014 opening ceremony finished at 31.69 million viewers and 8.6.

NBC notes that Friday’s broadcast was slightly better in metered markets than the 16.5 for the 2016 Summer Olympics opening. That finished with 26.5 million viewers.

In non-Olympic programming, “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” drew a 1.0, down 0.4 from Thursday’s episode (the show has gone 1.8, 1.4 and 1.0 in its first three nights). The finale of “Child Support” hit a season-low 0.4 on ABC. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.2) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3) were steady for The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.7/22 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 23.69 3.95 2.76 1.80 0.70



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: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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