Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, December 3, 2018

Note: Local NFL pre-emptions on ABC will 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 Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.5/6 8.97
The Neighborhood (CBS) 1.1/5 6.49
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.39
The Resident (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.27
Arrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.36
8:30 p.m. Happy Together (CBS) 0.8/3 4.56
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.86
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.50
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.3/1 0.93
9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.97
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.4/6 7.21
Deal or No Deal (NBC) – S 1.0/5 5.43
Bull (CBS) 0.7/3 6.52


NBC’s “The Voice” held onto the no. 1 spot in the Monday primetime ratings, but was down a tenth from the 1.6 it had scored last Monday to a 1.5 in adults 18-49 this week. It was followed by a special holiday episode of “Deal or No Deal,” which in anticipation of its debut on CNBC, scored a modest 1.0 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC’s primetime numbers are, once again, inflated due to NFL pre-emptions in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets, and will likely adjust down in the finals later today. So, pending updates, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” is currently sitting at a 1.1, up two-tenths from a week ago, and the fall finale of “The Good Doctor” is up four-tenths to a season high 1.4.

On CBS, “The Neighborhood” returned from a week off with its third straight 1.1, while “Happy Together” (0.8) came back down a tenth. The network filled out the 9 p.m. hour with back-to-back reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” (0.8, 0.8), before “Bull” rounded out the night with a 0.7, also down one-tenth from its last episode.

FOX took the night off with “9-1-1” (0.5) and “The Resident” (0.5) repeats. The CW’s “Arrow” (0.4) and “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.3) both stayed steady.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.79 6.00 5.65 2.38 1.14


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 2.0/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

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

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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