Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, April 8, 2019

Note: CBS’ live coverage of the NCAA Championship will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.8/9 8.49
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/5 7.52
American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 6.40
The Resident (FOX) – R 0.5/3 2.51
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.3/1 0.99
8:30 p.m. NCAA Pregame (CBS) – S 2.0/10 8.21
9 p.m. 2019 NCAA Basketball Championship (CBS) (9-11:30 p.m.) – S 4.4/19 16.24
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.5/3 2.57
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.43
10 p.m. The Enemy Within (NBC) 0.6/3 4.22
The Fix (ABC) 0.5/3 3.30


The NCAA Championship predictably dominated the Monday primetime ratings this week, giving CBS an easy win over the other networks.

CBS’ broadcast of the Virginia vs. Texas Tech championship game took the night’s no. 1 spot with a 4.4 average rating in adults 18-49 and 16.24 million viewers. Pending updates, that puts it unsurprisingly higher than the 4.1 rating and 5.24 million viewers that TBS’ broadcast of last year’s NCAA Championship game raked in, but still well below CBS’ NCAA Championship broadcast from 2017 (7.1, 23 million).

The network’s pregame special also raked in a 2.0 with 8.21 million viewers at 8:30 p.m., following the “Big Bang Theory” rerun (1.8) that kicked off the night for CBS.

Thanks to the night’s heavier-than-usual primetime competition too, NBC’s “The Voice” dropped from its previous 1.5 to a series low 1.2 this week. “The Enemy Within” similarly fell two-tenths from a 0.8 to a 0.6.

ABC’s “American Idol” fared slightly better in the preliminary ratings, scoring the same 1.1 that it did last Monday. “The Fix” held steady with another 0.5 as well. Elsewhere, the CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” posted a 0.3, up a tenth from its 0.2 final a week ago. It was followed by an “Arrow” rerun, while FOX took the night off with “Resident” and “9-1-1” repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.6/14 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 13.61 6.42 5.37 2.54 0.71


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: Delayed by an NCAA overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: Delayed by an NCAA overrun


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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