Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, February 28, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/8 7.02
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.2/6 8.19
The Titan Games (NBC) – F 1.0/5 4.42
Gotham (FOX) 0.6/3 2.26
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.65
8:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.41
9 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) – F 1.1/5 5.33
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.42
The Orville (FOX) 0.8/4 3.13
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.7/3 2.41
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/2 0.86
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 0.8/3 5.16
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.6/3 2.39
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.21
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – F 0.6/3 2.80
The Enemy Within (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.19


“Grey’s Anatomy” crossed an important milestone Thursday night, and did it in fairly solid fashion.

The ABC series aired its 332nd episode, beating “ER” to be TV’s longest-running primetime medical drama, and scored a 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, down just a tenth from its episode a week ago. It was still the night’s highest-rated broadcast.

It was followed by the season finale of “A Million Little Things,” which maintained the same 1.1 series high as its last episode, while “How to Get Away with Murder” closed out its season with a 0.6, up one-tenth from its penultimate episode’s 0.5.

NBC’s “The Titan Games” aired its season finale as well, but fell week-to-week from a 1.1 to a 1.0. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.7) and “Will & Grace” (0.6) each ticked down a tenth too, with a rerun of “The Enemy Within” pilot (0.4) capping off the night for the network.

Elsewhere, “Fam” was CBS’ only primetime show to air a new episode last night, and similarly ticked down from its previous 0.9 to a 0.8 this week. On FOX, both “Gotham” (0.6) and “The Orville” (0.8) held steady week-to-week, while the CW’s “Legacies” went without its usual “Supernatural” lead-in once again, but managed to tick back up from a 0.2 to a 0.3.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.05 5.77 3.01 2.69 0.75


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 2.0/6

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

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 1.0/4


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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