Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, December 17, 2018

Note: Local NFL pre-emptions on NBC and FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual for the networks in the finals.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.6/7 9.80
The Neighborhood (CBS) 1.0/5 6.06
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.7/3 3.87
The Resident (FOX) – R 0.4/2 2.25
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.54
8:30 p.m. Happy Together (CBS) 0.7/3 4.11
9 p.m. Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.04
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.33
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.39
10 p.m. America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions (NBC) – S 1.2/6 6.57
Bull (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.90
2018: In Memoriam (ABC) – S 0.6/3 3.95


It was a down night in the Monday primetime ratings for CBS. “The Neighborhood” kicked the night off for the network with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, down a tenth from its previous 1.1. “Happy Together” followed it and similarly fell a tenth from what it had scored a week ago, to a season low 0.7.

Meanwhile, “The Voice” won the night with its final performance episode of the season, which posted a 1.6 with 9.80 million viewers, up two-tenths from its 1.4 last Monday. An “America’s Got Talent” holiday special followed it with a 1.2 to win the 10 p.m. hour. However, due to an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans, the network’s numbers could adjust down in the finals.

On ABC, the season finale of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” rebounded slightly from its fall last week, by ticking up a tenth to a 0.7. “2018: In Memoriam” special rounded out the night with a 0.6. Both the CW and FOX took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/7 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.73 4.67 3.90 2.29 0.46


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.8/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5


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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