Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, December 31, 2018

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Part 1 (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 2.2/11 7.92
A Toast to 2018! (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 4.57
New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 2.96
The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.17
iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.2/1 0.64
8:30 p.m. Happy Together (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.50
9 p.m. Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.58
10 p.m. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Part 2 (ABC) – S 3.5/16 11.47
NBC’s New Year’s Eve (NBC) – S 1.3/6 5.41
Bull (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.80


ABC’s annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special suffered a noticeable year-to-year drop, but still easily won the New Year’s Eve night once again.

From 8-10 p.m., the ABC broadcast scored a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 with 7.92 million viewers, and a 3.5 with 11.47 million viewers at the 10 p.m. hour, down from the 3.1 and 5.0 that last year’s “Rockin’ Eve” special had scored. FOX’s “New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey” posted a 0.9 from 8-10 p.m., similarly down from the 1.8 that it had scored a year ago.

With its “A Toast to 2018!” (0.9) and “New Year’s Eve” (1.3) specials, NBC came second in the night with a 1.1 primetime average. CBS, meanwhile, took the entire night off with “The Neighborhood” (0.5), “Happy Together” (0.4), “Magnum P.I.” (0.4), and “Bull” (0.4) repeats.

ABC led the NYE late-night ratings as well, with “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” drawing in an 8.3 household rating in metered markets and a 6.5 in adults 18-49. Elsewhere, NBC scored a 4.8 in households and a 2.7 in 18-49, while FOX placed third with a 3.8 and a 3.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/12 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.10 4.85 2.96 2.74 0.64



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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