Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 4, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.9/10 11.93
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.77
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 3.11
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/2 1.27
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.22
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.4/7 10.32
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.5/3 1.99
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.1/5 7.78
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 5.26
Will & Grace (NBC) – F 0.7/4 3.01
The Orville (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.33
In the Dark (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.89
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 0.7/4 4.98
Abby’s (NBC) 0.5/3 2.06
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.8/4 3.89
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/4 4.74
For the People (ABC) 0.6/3 3.08


CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” returned from a 3-week break to lead the Thursday primetime ratings, while also hitting a new series low in the adults 18-49 demo.

For the first time in the show’s history, “The Big Bang Theory” fell below a 2.0 rating and posted a 1.9 this week, down two-tenths from its last outing’s 2.1. Despite taking that hit though, “Big Bang” still took the night’s no. 1 spots in both the adults 18-49 demo and total viewers (11.93 million).

“Young Sheldon” also hit a new series low, falling from a 1.7 to a 1.4, while “Mom” (1.1) slipped one-tenth and “Fam” (0.7) stayed even. “S.W.A.T.” rounded out the night for CBS by inching down two-tenths to a 0.7.

The CW’s “Supernatural” returned with a 0.3, down from its previous episode’s 0.4. It was followed by the series premiere of “In the Dark” at 9 p.m., which raked in a 0.2 rating, one-tenth below the 0.3s that “Legacies” was averaging in the same time slot this season.

Elsewhere, it was a steady night across the board for NBC, as “Superstore” (0.8), “A.P. Bio” (0.5), “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8), and the season finale of “Will & Grace” (0.7) all scored the same ratings as their last episodes. “Abby’s” held onto its series premiere’s low 0.5 as well.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” was the night’s second-highest-rated broadcast with a 1.5, down one-tenth from its 1.6 final rating last Thursday. “Station 19” also ticked down from a 1.0 to a 0.9, while “For the People” stayed even with another 0.6.

FOX took the night off yet again, airing only reruns of “Gotham” and “The Orville.”

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.7/4 0.3/2 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.42 5.04 2.99 1.28 1.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.1/1, 1.1/4


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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