Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, August 30, 2018

Note: Local NFL preemptions on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS will result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.2/6 6.45
MasterChef (FOX) – R 1.2/6 4.38
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 1.0/5 4.90
The Gong Show (ABC) – F 0.8/4 4.22
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.4/2 1.45
8:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 1.2/6 6.20
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/8 6.86
The Gifted (FOX) – R 1.1/5 3.97
Will & Grace (NBC) – R 1.0/5 4.34
Take Two (ABC) 0.9/5 4.50
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.15
9:30 p.m. Superstore (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.73
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.9/5 4.07
Take Two (ABC) 0.8/4 3.65
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.43


It is important to note that, thanks to local pre-emptions for NFL preseason games on affiliates of every Big 4 network last night, there will be some very noticeable downward adjustments in the finals later today. It’s possible and likely that the 18-49 rating for many shows will adjust down several tenths.

So, pending updates, CBS’ “Big Brother” easily won the no. 1 spot of the night in the adults 18-49 demo, scoring a 1.8 rating – six-tenths higher than any of the night’s other broadcasts. It came in first in total viewers as well with 6.86 million, just barely landing above CBS’ 8 p.m. “Young Sheldon” rerun (6.45 million).

Elsewhere, the season finale of ABC’s “The Gong Show” is currently sitting at a 0.8, up three-tenths from the 0.5 it had scored a week ago. “Take Two” was also up considerably from the 0.4 of its last episode, with back-to-back episodes last night grabbing 0.9 and 0.8s. Both shows will likely adjust down closer to their respective 0.5 season averages though.

“MasterChef,” “Mom,” and “Young Sheldon” reruns on CBS and FOX were the second-highest rated broadcasts of the night with matching 1.2s.

In the network race, CBS is currently sitting at the no. 1 spot with a 1.3 overall rating in adults 18-49, followed by FOX with a 1.2. NBC (0.9) came third, while ABC (0.8) and the CW (0.4) are sitting at fourth and fifth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/6 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.89 4.18 4.10 4.13 1.30


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/3, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3


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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