Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, October 21, 2019

Note: Local NFL preemptions on ABC and the CW may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals later today.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 9-1-1 (FOX) 1.5/7 6.31
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.3/6 7.96
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/4 7.09
The Neighborhood (CBS) 0.9/4 5.70
All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.96
8:30 p.m. Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS) 0.7/4 5.22
9 p.m. Prodigal Son (FOX) 0.8/4 3.43
All Rise (CBS) 0.7/3 5.44
Black Lightning (The CW) 0.3/1 0.90
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.0/5 6.33
Bull (CBS) 0.7/4 6.04
Bluff City Law (NBC) 0.5/3 3.72


A small uptick led “9-1-1” to a solo demo victory in this week’s Monday primetime ratings.

The FOX drama won the night with a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.31 million viewers, back up from the 1.4 rating that it scored a week ago. “Prodigal Son” followed “9-1-1” with the same 0.8 as its last episode.

NBC’s “The Voice” placed second in the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.3 rating, down a tenth from its 1.4 last Monday. The long-running reality-competition series did, however, rake in the night’s no. 1 audience yet again, with 7.96 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “Bluff City Law” stayed low with its second straight 0.5.

On CBS, “The Neighborhood” (0.9), “All Rise” (0.7), and “Bull” (0.7) all ticked up one-tenth week-to-week, and tied their current season highs in the 18-49 demo. “Bob Hearts Abishola” was the network’s only broadcast of the night not to experience an uptick, as the freshman comedy matched its last outing’s 0.7.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is currently even with its 0.9 rating from a week ago, while “The Good Doctor” (1.0) is up two-tenths from its most recent outing. The CW’s “All American” (0.3) and “Black Lightning” (0.3) are each up a tenth from their ratings last week as well. However, due to local NFL broadcasts on ABC and the CW, both networks may experience some adjustments in the finals later today.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/4 1.0/5 0.7/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.87 6.84 6.55 5.64 0.93



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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