Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, September 24, 2018

Note: Local NFL preemptions on ABC will result greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – P 2.4/11 12.71
The Voice (NBC) – (8-10 p.m.) P 2.0/8 9.56
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.1/5 8.07
The Resident (FOX) – P 1.1/5 4.85
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.2/1 0.90
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – P 1.7/7 10.55
9 p.m. 9-1-1 (FOX) 1.6/6 6.56
Magnum P.I. (CBS) – P 1.2/5 8.08
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.2/1 0.70
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.62
10 p.m. Manifest (NBC) – P 2.2/9 10.31
The Good Doctor (ABC) – P 1.4/6 7.78
Bull (CBS) – P 0.9/4 7.33


The 2018-19 TV season is officially underway, and the first Monday night of the season paid off better for some networks than it did for others.

NBC won the night among the big 4 networks, starting with the season premiere of “The Voice,” which premiered to a 2.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, down from the 2.6 its premiere had scored last year. Meanwhile, the series premiere of “Manifest” raked in a 2.2 for itself with 10.31 million viewers, making it the first Monday night telecast ever to grow from a “Voice” lead-in on the network, and the highest-rated drama (both new and returning) of the night.

“Manifest” also now ties with “The Good Doctor” as the highest-rated drama series premiere in adults 18-49 – excluding post-NFL previews – since “This is Us” (2.8) premiered in 2016.

It wasn’t as solid of a night for CBS, though. The premiere of the final season of “The Big Bang Theory” scored only a 2.4 in the demo, down around 40% from its premiere last year and from the 2.7 average of its previous season. “Young Sheldon” (1.7) suffered an even greater year-to-year drop, falling 2.1 points from its series premiere and also down from its first season average (2.2).

The series premiere of “Magnum P.I.” fell 0.5 from its “Young Sheldon” lead-in, and scored a low 1.2 in the 9 p.m. hour, while “Bull” returned to a 0.9 – also down from its previous season premiere (1.3) and average (1.2).

Things weren’t all that great for ABC either, with the 2-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” (1.1) ticking down three-tenths from its Monday premiere last Fall, while “The Good Doctor” (1.4) took an even greater hit with its season 2 premiere – down 0.8 from its series premiere and from its first season’s 1.8 overall average in the demo. Not to mention that both shows will likely adjust down in the finals later today as well, with the network’s local NFL preemptions factored out.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “The Resident” (1.1) returned fairly steady for itself, up from its first season finale (0.9) and tying its first non-NFL-boosted broadcast (1.1) from last year. Without the same NFL lead-in as its premiere Sunday night too, the second episode of “9-1-1” this season predictably took a significant ratings hit, falling from a 2.6 to a 1.6, though, that’s still almost in line with its first season average and on par with how it had performed throughout most of its first season.

On the CW, a pair of new “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” scored steady 0.2s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/9 1.4/6 1.4/6 1.2/5 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.81 9.67 5.70 7.98 0.74


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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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