Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, August 15, 2019

Note: Multiple live NFL preseason broadcasts aired in local markets last night, resulting in inflated ratings across the board this morning. Expect to see a greater number of adjustments than usual in the finals later today.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Wall (NBC) – R 0.8/5 4.16
MasterChef (FOX) 0.8/5 3.45
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.6/4 4.15
Holey Moley (ABC) 0.5/3 2.88
The Outpost (The CW) 0.2/1 0.90
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.99
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.1/6 4.40
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.8/5 3.90
Spin the Wheel (FOX) 0.6/3 2.59
Family Food Fight (ABC) – F 0.3/2 1.98
Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW) 0.2/1 0.71
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/4 3.15
Elementary (CBS) – F 0.4/3 3.12
Reef Break (ABC) 0.3/2 2.08


For the second week in a row, Thursday night’s primetime ratings were inflated by several NFL pre-emptions in local markets, which means most of this morning’s preliminary ratings will experience adjustments in the finals later today.

So with that being said, CBS’ “Big Brother” is currently sitting in the night’s no. 1 spot yet again, with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers – up from the 1.0 and 3.87 it scored last Thursday. The series finale of “Elementary” followed it with a 0.4, matching its penultimate episode’s rating, while also ticking up from 2.47 million viewers last week to 3.12 million this time around.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “MasterChef” (0.8) and “Spin the Wheel” (0.6) are each up one-tenth from their final ratings a week ago, pending updates. On ABC, “Holey Moley” (0.5) is currently steady with its episode from last week, as is the season finale of “Family Food Fight” (0.3). “Reef Break,” however, is up from its last outing’s 0.2 to a 0.3.

Similarly, the CW’s “The Outpost” and “Two Sentence Horror Stories” both posted 0.2s this morning, up one-tenth from their 0.1s last week. Rounding out the night, NBC took it easy with a lineup of repeats, all of which are expected to adjust down from their current ratings later today.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.7/4 0.7/4 0.7/4 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.92 3.74 3.02 2.31 0.80


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.1/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/3, 1.6/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

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

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


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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