Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, February 3, 2019

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. Super Bowl LIII (CBS) (6:30-10 p.m.) 27.9/71 87.72
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.3/1 2.19
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) – R 0.3/1 1.65
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.65
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.66
8 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.3/1 2.09
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.91
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.41
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.73
9 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.3/1 1.97
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.85
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.2/1 1.27
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.29
9:30 p.m. The Cool Kids (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.70
10 p.m. Super Bowl LIII Postgame (CBS) 19.0/58 56.69
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.88
10:30 p.m. The World’s Best (CBS) – P 8.6/34 26.24


Super Bowl LIII predictably dominated the Sunday primetime ratings this week, but did suffer a noticeable year-to-year hit.

In the night’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings, the Patriots vs. Rams game averaged a 27.9 with 87.72 million viewers, down from the early 30.9 rating and 103.40 million viewers that last year’s Super Bowl game scored on NBC. Last year’s game eventually adjusted to a 33.4 final rating in the demo with 103.39 million viewers.

In the metered markets, the game posted a 44.9 household rating, not only down from the 2018 game, but making it the lowest-rated Super Bowl in the measure since the 2009 game’s 42.1 rating.

Meanwhile, CBS’ post-Super Bowl broadcast of “The World’s Best” series premiere grabbed an early 8.6 with 26.24 million viewers in adults 18-49 from 10:30-11 p.m., landing lower than the 9.3 and 26.97 million viewers that NBC’s postgame “This is Us” broadcast scored in the same time slot last year.

All of the other networks, understandably, took the entire night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 24.4/61 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.1/0
Total Viewers (millions) 69.22 1.86 1.81 0.75 0.35


: 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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