Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 25, 2019

Note: ABC’s live broadcast of the NFL Draft may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.7/9 11.55
2019 NFL Draft (ABC) (8-11:30 p.m.) – S 1.2/6 4.88
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 2.95
Gotham (FOX) – F 0.5/2 2.21
Supernatural (The CW) – F 0.3/2 1.31
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.4/7 10.27
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.4/2 1.68
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.1/5 8.01
The Orville (FOX) – F 0.7/4 2.92
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.5/2 1.73
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.77
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.8/4 5.81
Abby’s (NBC) 0.3/2 1.47
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/4 5.14
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/4 3.59


Once again, the presence of the NFL Draft resulted in several scripted shows taking hits in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

Airing on ABC this year, the NFL Draft posted a 1.2 average rating in adults 18-49 with a 4.88 million viewer average, up one-tenth from the 1.1 and 3.74 million viewer averages that its 2018 broadcast scored on FOX.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was still the night’s no. 1 broadcast, but did take another ratings hit, falling from a 1.9 to a series low 1.7. “Young Sheldon” returned from several weeks off, and was similarly down from its previous 1.5 to a season low 1.4 this week.

“Mom,” however, managed climb up from a 1.0 to a 1.1. “Life in Pieces” grabbed the same 0.8 that it did in the 9:30 p.m. time slot last week, and “S.W.A.T.” slipped from a 0.7 to a 0.8.

NBC’s “Superstore” also fell week-to-week, ticking down two-tenths to a 0.7. “A.P. Bio” (0.4) and “Abby’s” (0.3) each dropped a tenth as well, hitting new series lows. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.5) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) rounded out the night for NBC, even with their last episodes.

On FOX, the series finale of “Gotham” posted a 0.5, down a tenth from its penultimate episode’s 0.6. The season finale of “The Orville” went the other way, ticking up from its previous 0.6 to a 0.7. The CW’s “Supernatural” (0.3) and “In the Dark” (0.2) matched their ratings from a week ago.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/6 1.1/5 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.88 7.65 2.56 2.50 1.04


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 2.0/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: Delayed by NFL Draft coverage overrun.

12:35 a.m.

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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: Delayed by NFL Draft coverage overrun.


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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