Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, January 7, 2019

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.8/7 9.94
The Bachelor (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – P 1.5/6 5.10
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.29
The Resident (FOX) – R 0.4/2 2.04
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.72
8:30 p.m. Happy Together (CBS) 0.8/3 4.24
9 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.87
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.4/2 2.09
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.66
9:30 p.m. The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.34
10 p.m. Manifest (NBC) 1.1/5 5.88
Bull (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.14


Unscripted continued to dominate the primetime ratings on the first Monday night of the year.

The series premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” gave NBC the win with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49. This puts it even in the demo with the network’s premiere of “The Titan Games” last week, and with 9.94 million viewers, is the most-watched series premiere of the year so far.

So despite “The Champions” failing to generate the same kind of numbers that “AGT” usually puts up in the summer season (it premiered to a 2.5 last May), it’s still a great premiere for the winter series. “Manifest” returned to round out the night for NBC at 10 p.m., and scored the same 1.1 that its last 3 episodes did in 2018.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “The Bachelor” came second in the night and premiered with a 1.5, matching its season premiere last year in 18-49 and only down slightly in total viewers from its 2018 debut’s 5.48 million to 5.10 million this time around.

The night’s only other original broadcast was “Happy Together” on CBS, which posted a 0.8, up a tenth from its previous episode. All of CBS’ other broadcasts throughout the night were reruns, while FOX and the CW also took the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.5/6 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.59 5.10 4.38 2.06 0.69


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.1/1, 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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