Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, May 5, 2019

Note: A PGA overrun on CBS may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.9/5 5.55
PGA Overrun (CBS) 0.5/3 6.01
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.5/3 2.68
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.02
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 0.6/3 6.90
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.00
8 p.m. American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 6.72
World of Dance (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.8/3 3.56
The Simpsons (FOX) 0.7/3 1.78
Supergirl (The CW) 0.3/1 1.05
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 0.7/3 1.58
The Red Line (CBS) (8:30-10:30 p.m.) 0.4/2 3.95
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 0.7/3 1.77
Charmed (The CW) 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.51
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) 0.7/3 3.67
Good Girls (NBC) 0.5/3 2.31
10:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.5/3 4.77


ABC continued to lead the Sunday primetime ratings this week, despite its lineup taking some hits in the night’s preliminary ratings.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” fell two-tenths to a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, while “Shark Tank” raked in a 0.7 at 10 p.m., down one-tenth from its previous 0.8. “American Idol” remained the night’s no. 1 broadcast, but was notably down from the 1.6 rating and 8.74 million viewers it scored a week ago to a 1.1 with 6.72 million viewers.

“Idol” is likely to adjust up in the finals though, as it was broadcast live across the country last night, and its pre-primetime viewing numbers on the West Coast are not included in the preliminary ratings this morning. On NBC, the season finale of “World of Dance” stayed even with another 0.8 average rating, and “Good Girls” slipped from a 0.6 to a 0.5.

Elsewhere, CBS’ primetime lineup was delayed by a PGA overrun, and will likely adjust in the finals tomorrow morning. So pending updates, “60 Minutes” kicked things off with a 0.6, down two-tenths from its previous 0.8, while “The Red Line” posted a preliminary 0.4 rating, even with its series premiere last Sunday.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” is also sitting at a 0.5, down a tenth from its last episode’s 0.6, and marking a new all-time low in the demo for the series, should it hold in the finals.

Unlike the other networks, the CW managed to hold steady week-to-week, as both “Supergirl” (0.3) and “Charmed” (0.2) grabbed the same ratings as their last episodes. The same could not be said for FOX, however, with “The Simpsons” (0.7), “Bob’s Burgers” (0.7), and “Family Guy” (0.7) all dropping a tenth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.66 3.02 1.44 5.05 0.83


: 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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