Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, December 13, 2018

Note: A live NFL broadcast on FOX 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. NFL Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.4/14 12.31
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 8.08
Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.19
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/3 3.00
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.43
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.72
Prep & Landing: Naughty or Nice (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.55
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.4/2 1.85
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.2/5 7.67
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.04
A Saturday Night Live Christmas (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 2.12
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 1.08
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.7/3 5.51
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.02


FOX’s final “Thursday Night Football” broadcast of the season was a strong one.

The Chargers vs. Chiefs game posted an early 3.4 average rating in adults 18-49, an improvement from the early 2.2 rating that last week’s “SNF” broadcast had scored and its 3.1 final. It easily won the night in the demo, and will adjust up in the finals later today.

Elsewhere, however, most of the other networks didn’t experience quite the same uptick that FOX did last night. NBC kicked off its night with the “Superstore” fall finale, which fell from its previous 0.9 to a season low 0.7. A special 8:30 p.m. airing of “I Feel Bad” couldn’t grow week-to-week either, as the freshman comedy maintained a 0.4. A rerun of “A Saturday Night Live Christmas” rounded out the night for NBC with a 0.5.

On CBS, “Mom” (1.2) managed to tick up one-tenth from what it had scored a week ago, and from its “Big Bang Theory” (1.1) and “Young Sheldon” (1.1) encores as lead-ins. “Murphy Brown” went the other way, and dropped a tenth to a season low 0.7.

ABC’s annual “Prep & Landing” and “Prep & Landing: Naughty or Nice” holiday specials pulled in 0.7 and 0.6s in the 8 p.m. hour for the network. Meanwhile, “The Great American Baking Show” slipped from its premiere’s 0.7 last week to a 0.6 this time around. The CW’s “Supernatural” (0.4) and “Legacies” (0.3) were similarly down a tenth from their previous episodes.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.4/14 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 12.31 6.17 2.98 2.22 1.25


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/5


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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