Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, February 24, 2019

Note: ABC’s live Oscars broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. Oscars Live on the Red Carpet (ABC) – S 4.1/18 17.97
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/3 8.26
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.86
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.53
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.36
8 p.m. The Oscars (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 7.7/25* 29.60*
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.03
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.12
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.55
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.53
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.35
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.41
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.56
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 2.11
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.32
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.35
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.39
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.03
10 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.79

*Time zone-adjusted ratings.

UPDATE: Time zone-adjusted ratings have confirmed a solid, if not massive uptick for the Oscars from their all-time lows last year.

The Sunday night broadcast scored a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49, up almost a whole point from the 6.8 that the 2018 Oscars had scored. With 29.6 million viewers tuning in too, the awards show did climb back up slightly from its all-time low 26.54 million viewer audience a year ago. With that being said, this year’s ratings are still the second-lowest ever recorded for the Oscars.

In late-night, a special post-Oscars preview of ABC’s new dramedy, “Whiskey Cavalier,” grabbed a modest 0.8 with 4.7 million viewers. The rookie series will make its official premiere this coming Wednesday at 10 p.m.


The preliminary ratings for this year’s Oscars show a small, but noticeable uptick from the awards show’s all-time low last year.

ABC’s Oscars broadcast posted a 6.6 average early rating in the adults 18-49 demo, up from the 6.4 preliminary rating that they scored in 2018. The broadcast will likely adjust up past the 6.8 final rating that last year’s Oscars adjusted up to as well. Should ABC release time zone-adjusted numbers later today, we’ll update the post accordingly.

ABC’s usual, pre-show “Oscars Live on the Red Carpet” broadcast was also up slightly from its 4.0 early rating a year ago to a 4.1 this time around.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “60 Minutes” posted a 0.8 with 8.26 million viewers, even with its broadcast last Sunday. All of the night’s other shows were repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 6.0/23 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 23.62 4.20 2.53 1.42 0.44


: 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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