Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, August 19, 2018

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.52
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.6/3 6.16
Dateline (NBC) 0.5/2 4.07
Golf U.S. Amateur (FOX) 0.1/1 0.57
7:30 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.83
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.6/7 5.78
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.8/4 4.59
U.S. Women’s Gymnastics (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.10
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.37
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.24
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.8/4 4.53
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.51
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.08
9:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.39
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.6/3 3.47
Shades of Blue (NBC) – F 0.6/3 3.19
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.22


With its series finale, NBC’s “Shades of Blue” matched its previous season high.

The Jennifer Lopez-led police drama scored a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 with 3.19 million viewers, tying for the win in the 10 p.m. time slot and even with its third season’s penultimate and premiere episodes. It rounded out a fairly quiet night for NBC, which also featured the network’s coverage of the Women’s U.S. Gymnastics Championship (0.6) and Dateline (0.5).

ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (0.8) took the week off and was predictably down two-tenths, while “The $100,000 Pyramid” maintained a 0.8 and “To Tell the Truth” fell to a season-low 0.6 with 3.47 million viewers.

On CBS, “Big Brother” was steady week-to-week with the same 1.6 it had adjusted up to in the finals last Sunday, and was its most-watched Sunday installment of the season-to-date with 5.78 million viewers. It was easily the highest-rated broadcast of the night, and was only beaten in total viewers by the “60 Minutes” broadcast (6.16 million) that immediately preceded it, also on CBS.

FOX aired mostly encores throughout the night, with the exception of its U.S. Amateur Golf coverage spilling a half hour into primetime, which scored a low 0.1.

In the network race, CBS beat all of the other Big 4 Networks for the no. 1 spot yet again with a 0.8 overall in the 18-49 demo. ABC followed closely behind with a 0.7, but beat it and scored the top spot in total viewers (4.28 million vs 4.56 million). NBC (0.6) came third in the 18-49 measure, while FOX (0.5) placed fourth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.28 4.56 3.36 1.15


: 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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