Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, November 18, 2018

Note: Live sports broadcasts on FOX and NBC will result in greater adjustments than usual in the finals for those networks. 

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (FOX) 4.2/18 13.26
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.9/8 7.07
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.0/5 10.22
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.8/3 5.61
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 2.8/12 8.50
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.2/18 14.65
The Simpsons (FOX) 1.6/7 4.37
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.8/3 7.60
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) 0.7/3 4.24
Supergirl (The CW) 0.3/1 1.15
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 5.3/21 16.91
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.2/5 2.98
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.1/5 2.66
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.8/3 7.23
Shark Tank (ABC) 0.8/3 3.53
Charmed (The CW) 0.3/1 0.97
9:30 p.m. REL (FOX) 0.6/3 1.61
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.6/3 5.66
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.78


“Sunday Night Football” kept NBC firmly on top of the primetime ratings last night, as the Vikings vs. Bears game drew a 5.3 preliminary rating among adults 18-49 with 16.91 million viewers. It was, however, down from the 5.9 early (and 6.5 final) rating that last week’s “SNF” game had scored.

Elsewhere, it was a fairly solid night for ABC, starting with “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which held steady with another 0.8. “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” followed it at 8 p.m., and ticked up one-tenth from its previous 0.6 to a 0.7. “Shark Tank” returned to tie its season high 0.8, while an encore episode scored a 0.6 at 10 p.m., double what “The Alec Baldwin Show” had been averaging in the same time slot earlier this season.

Without the benefit of a late-afternoon NFL overrun this week, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was back down to a 1.0. “God Friended Me” similarly fell two-tenths to a 0.8, but was even with its episode from 2 weeks ago. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.8) and “Madam Secretary” (0.6) rounded out the night for CBS, and matched their last episodes yet again. The CW’s “Charmed” (0.3) and “Supergirl” (0.3) were both even week-to-week as well.

On FOX, “The Simpsons” got a boost from the network’s NFL overrun (4.2), and was predictably up from a 0.9 to a 1.6. “Bob’s Burgers” (1.2) also ticked up two-tenths, while “Family Guy” maintained a 1.1 for the fourth episode in a row. “REL” inched up a tenth from a 0.5 to a 0.6.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.7/17 1.9/8 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 15.28 5.56 7.68 4.04 1.06


: 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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