Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, December 27, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 6.48
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.35
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.5/2 2.50
Last Man Standing (FOX)- R 0.5/2 2.49
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.98
The Cool Kids (FOX)- R 0.4/2 2.11
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.4/2 1.94
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.20
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.45
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 2.97
Last Man Standing (FOX)- R 0.5/2 2.28
Legacies (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 p.m. The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.99
The Cool Kids (FOX)- R 0.5/2 2.17
The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.85
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.31
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.03
10:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.73


“I Feel Bad” ended its first (and possibly only) season Thursday night, and performed in line with its previous episodes.

The NBC comedy aired the final 2 episodes of its season back-to-back and scored 0.5 and 0.4 ratings in the adults 18-49 demo, predictably on par with the show’s low 0.5 season average. The first of its two episodes of the night did, however, draw in the show’s biggest audience since its Oct. 1 time-period premiere, with 2.50 million viewers.

Elsewhere, CBS won the night with a “Big Bang Theory” rerun (1.0) at 8 p.m., while the network’s “Mom” and “Young Sheldon” repeats tied for second place with matching 0.8s.

On ABC, the holiday special, “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” raked in a 0.7 with 3.35 million viewers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.7/4 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.71 2.72 2.46 2.26 0.75


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 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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