Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 10, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.4/11 13.34
The Titan Games (NBC) 1.6/7 5.70
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.43
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.87
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.9/8 11.95
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.14
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/6 9.43
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) – P 1.2/5 3.56
Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.7/3 3.65
The Orville (FOX) 0.7/3 3.05
Roswell: Mysteries Decoded (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.94
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) – P 1.2/5 7.34
The Good Place (NBC) 0.9/4 2.77
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.9/4 5.81
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.8/3 4.01


After being canceled by FOX last season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” made its NBC debut Thursday night with its highest-rated episode in 2 years.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Nine-Nine” scored a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 with 3.56 million viewers, up five-tenths from its fifth season premiere last year on FOX. It was the show’s best performance since Jan. 1, 2017, when it had the help of an NFL lead-in.

The veteran comedy benefitted from a strong lead-in last night too, with Dwayne Johnson’s “The Titan Games” grabbing a 1.6 with 5.70 million viewers in its second week, down just two-tenths from its premiere the week before. Additionally, “The Good Place” (0.9) moved to 9:30 p.m. and ticked up a tenth from its fall finale last year, as did “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8).

Elsewhere, “The Big Bang Theory” kicked off a strong night for CBS by growing two-tenths from its previous 2.2 to a 2.4 and hitting a season high in viewers with 13.34 million. “Young Sheldon” followed it and similarly ticked up from a 1.7 to a season high 1.9, while “Mom” returned from hiatus with a season high 1.5 as well, three-tenths above its last episode in December.

“Mom” led into the series premiere of CBS’ latest rookie comedy, the Nina Dobrev-led “Fam,” which got off to a solid start and posted a 1.2 with 7.34 million viewers, making it the network’s second-highest rated comedy debut this season, behind only “The Neighborhood” (1.3). “S.W.A.T.” rounded out the night for CBS, and scored a 0.9 for the second week in a row.

On FOX, “Gotham” held onto its season premiere’s 0.7, and “The Orville” (0.7) inched up a tenth. Meanwhile, ABC’s “Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill” special raked in a 0.7 for the network, and the CW’s “Roswell: Mysteries Decoded” special posted a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.1/5 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.57 4.01 3.08 2.74 0.86


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

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

“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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