Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, May 21, 2018

Note: A pre-emption for baseball on The CW’s New York City affiliate could result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

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 8.61
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) – F 1.1/5 8.67
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.30
2018 Miss USA (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.6/3 2.35
Supergirl (The CW) 0.5/2 1.77
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – F 1.0/4 5.66
9 p.m. American Idol (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.6/6 8.65
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.46
iZombie (The CW) 0.3/1 1.08
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.33
10 p.m. Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC) 0.7/3 3.11
Elementary (CBS) 0.5/2 4.15


The season finale of “American Idol” led ABC to a ratings win Monday, edging the final performances on “The Voice.”

“Idol” scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 to “The Voice’s” 1.5 (the two shows were tied in the 9 o’clock hour when they aired head-to-head). For “Idol,” its numbers are on par with prior Monday episodes this season, and the finale was up 0.3 from Sunday’s last performance episode.

The season finale of “Man with a Plan” on CBS scored a 1.0, up 0.1 from last week’s early ratings (it adjusted up in the finals). “Elementary” was off a tenth of a point at 0.5.

The Miss USA pageant came in at 0.6 on FOX, down from 0.8 last year. “Supergirl” (0.5) and “iZombie” (0.3) are currently even with last week, pending updates for a baseball pre-emption in New York City.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.66 6.77 5.01 2.35 1.42


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.2/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.3/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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