Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 18, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.8/10 11.17
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.2/6 6.10
Superstore (NBC) 0.9/5 3.04
Gotham (FOX) 0.6/3 2.07
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.30
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – P 1.0/5 6.84
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.5/3 1.84
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.0/5 6.62
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/5 4.96
The Orville (FOX) 0.6/3 2.68
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.5/3 1.79
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.67
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.8/4 5.06
Abby’s (NBC) 0.4/2 1.54
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.8/4 5.10
For the People (ABC) 0.5/3 2.77
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/3 2.64


ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” took a noticeable hit in the Thursday primetime ratings this week, dropping three-tenths from a 1.5 to a series low 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. “Station 19” (0.9) and “For the People” (0.5), however, managed to stay even week-to-week.

Elsewhere, it was a down night for CBS, as “The Big Bang Theory” easily won the night, despite falling from its previous episode’s 2.0 rating to a series low 1.8 this week, and its 11.17 million viewers marking a new season low for the long-running comedy.

“Mom” also slipped from a 1.1 to a season low 1.0, but “S.W.A.T.” went the other way, climbing up from a 0.7 to a 0.8. Meanwhile, “Life in Pieces” premiered its fourth season with two new episodes at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., scoring 1.0 and 0.8 ratings, respectively. Both ratings were down from the 1.2 that the show’s season 3 premiere grabbed, and its overall 1.1 season average.

On FOX, “Gotham” returned from several weeks off with a 0.6, even with its last episode. “The Orville” similarly held steady with yet another 0.6. The CW’s “Supernatural” (0.4) and “In the Dark” (0.2) also matched their ratings from a week ago.

NBC’s “Superstore” (0.9), “A.P. Bio” (0.5), and “Abby’s” (0.4) all posted the same ratings that they did last Thursday as well, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” ticked down from a 0.6 to a 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.65 4.61 2.38 2.25 0.99


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.8/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 1.0/4


Rating: 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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