Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, August 12, 2018

Note: CBS’ PGA Championship coverage will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the finals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. PGA Champ/60 Minutes (CBS) 1.3/7 8.76
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.67
Little Big Shots (NBC) – R 0.4/2 3.16
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.71
7:30 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.93
8 p.m. 60 Minutes/Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/7 6.52
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 1.0/5 5.69
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 3.74
Teen Choice 2018 (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.3/1 1.01
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.8/4 4.64
Big Brother/NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.8/4 3.48
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.7/3 3.69
NCIS: New Orleans – R/Elementary (CBS) 0.4/2 2.99
Shades of Blue (NBC) 0.6/3 3.22


It was a solid night for NBC’s “Shades of Blue” in the Sunday primetime ratings this week.

The Jennifer Lopez-led series was up one-tenth from its previous 0.5 to a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49, the highest it’s scored in the demographic since its premiere back in June. The same could not be said for FOX’s broadcast of the annual “Teen Choice Awards,” however, which hit its lowest audience ever last night. The broadcast scored a 0.3 on the network, down two-tenths from the 0.5 it had scored last year.

CBS’ numbers for the night are scrambled thanks to a PGA Championship overrun, with its ratings all subject to change in the finals tomorrow morning. As of right now, though, “Big Brother” looks to have grabbed a 1.4, down two-tenths from its previous 1.6, while the latest episode of “Elementary” is sitting at the same 0.4 its been averaging most Monday nights the past few weeks.

ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.0), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.8), and “To Tell the Truth” (0.7) all maintained the same ratings as their last episodes.

Pending updates, CBS is leading all of the other Big 4 networks for the number 1 spots of the night in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers races, with a 1.0 overall average and 5.44 million viewers. ABC came in second with a 0.8, followed by NBC (0.6) and FOX (0.3).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.44 4.67 3.47 0.92


: 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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