Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, February 7, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.6/12 13.97
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.79
The Titan Games (NBC) 1.0/5 4.10
Supernatural (The CW) 0.5/2 1.64
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.39
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.0/9 12.06
9 p.m. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) 1.1/5 4.81
A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.0/5 5.25
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.9/4 3.04
The Orville (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.71
Legacies (The CW) 0.4/2 1.15
9:30 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 0.8/4 3.07
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.8/4 4.96
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.8/4 4.15
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.6/3 2.74


It was a good night for CBS’ Thursday comedies.

The network kicked the night off with “The Big Bang Theory,” which posted a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.97 million viewers, hitting new season highs in both measures. Its lead-out, “Young Sheldon,” similarly grew two-tenths to a season high 2.0 with 12.06 million viewers.

“Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” followed “Sheldon,” and scored a 1.1, on par with its previous episodes this season. “S.W.A.T.” capped off the night for CBS with a 0.8, down a tenth from its 0.9 last Thursday.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” slipped a little week-to-week, down from a 1.7 to a 1.5, while “A Million Little Things” fell one-tenth to a 1.0 – its first ratings dip since moving to Thursday nights. “How to Get Away with Murder,” however, held steady with its third straight 0.6.

It was a mixed night for NBC as well. “The Titan Games” (1.0) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8) each inched down a tenth, but “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” went the other way, and ticked up from a 0.8 to a 0.9. “Will & Grace” rounded the night out with the same 0.8 it had scored a week ago.

On the CW, both “Supernatural” (0.5) and “Legacies” (0.4) inched up a tenth from their episodes last week. FOX took the night off with repeats of “Gotham” (0.4) and “The Orville” (0.4).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.59 4.93 3.77 1.40 1.55


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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