Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, September 16, 2019

Note: Local NFL preemptions on NBC 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. American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.1/5 5.39
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.0/5 8.00
The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.42
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.4/2 1.89
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 1.03
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.31
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.98
9:30 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.3/2 3.02
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.98
10 p.m. 2019 NBC Primetime Preview Show (NBC) – S 0.5/3 2.40
Bull (CBS) – R 0.4/2 4.04
Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift (ABC) – S 0.4/2 2.49


“Dancing with the Stars” kicked off its latest season in pretty steady fashion Monday night.

The season premiere of the ABC competition series averaged a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 with 8 million viewers. That puts “Dancing with the Stars” even with the 1.0 rating that its season premiere scored a year ago, and up a bit in total viewers from its 2018 premiere’s 7.68 million viewer audience. ABC’s “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift” special capped off the night for the network with a 0.4 and 2.49 million viewers.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” topped the night in the 18-49 demo – rising from its last episode’s 0.8 rating and 4.63 million viewer audience to a 1.1 with 5.39 million viewers this time around. The finale’s preliminary rating and audience mark new season highs in both measures for “ANW,” though an NFL preemption in Cleveland may result in those numbers adjusting down some in the finals later today.

NBC’s annual “Fall Primetime Preview Show” topped the night’s 10 p.m. hour with a 0.5 and 2.4 million viewers. Meanwhile, the season finale of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” posted a 0.4 with 1.89 million viewers, steady with its episode from a week ago. The rest of Monday’s primetime broadcasts were all repeats, as CBS and the CW both took the night off.

In late-night, NBC’s “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” premiered in its 1:35 a.m. time slot with a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and a 0.6 in the metered-markets. The premiere also debuted on YouTube leading up to its first broadcast airing.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.39 6.16 3.48 1.89 1.01


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.2/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

1:35 a.m.

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh”: 0.2/2, 0.6/3


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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