Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 17, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.3/10 13.18
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.9/8 7.03
The Titan Games (NBC) 1.3/6 4.86
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.42
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.44
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 11.40
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/5 8.54
A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.1/5 5.25
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.9/4 2.84
The Orville (FOX) 0.7/3 2.98
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.08
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 1.0/4 6.02
The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/4 2.55
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.22
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.7/3 2.84
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.23


A new night and time slot seemed to work wonders for “A Million Little Things” Thursday night. With its first episode since early December, the freshman drama scored a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, tying with its series premiere as the show’s highest-rated episode to date, and also hit a new season high in total viewers with 5.25 million. That puts it on par with how “Station 19” had been performing in the same time lot this past fall.

“Grey’s Anatomy” (1.9) tied its season high with its return at 8 p.m. too, up two-tenths from its fall finale. “How to Get Away with Murder” also returned from hiatus, but was down a tenth from its fall finale’s 0.8 to a 0.7.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Titan Games” (1.3) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.9) both fell three-tenths from a week ago, while “The Good Place” slipped from a 0.9 to a 0.8. “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9), however, ticked up a tenth from its previous episode.

On CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” easily won the night again in both the demo and in total viewers, despite slipping a tenth to a 2.3. “FAM” (1.0) experienced a predictable drop from its series premiere, and fell two-tenths week-to-week, as did “Young Sheldon” (1.7). A “S.W.A.T.” (0.6) rerun rounded out the night for the network.

It was a steady night for FOX, as both “Gotham” (0.7) and “The Orville” (0.7) matched their episodes from last Thursday. The CW’s “Supernatural” returned in steady fashion as well, with the same 0.4 rating as its fall finale.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.93 5.04 3.93 2.70 1.26


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.8/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 1.8/5

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

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, 1.1/4


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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