Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.9/12 14.69
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/9 8.18
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/4 3.47
Superstore (NBC) 1.0/4 3.71
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.87
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.4/9 13.24
The Good Place (NBC) 1.0/4 3.08
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.6/6 9.26
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/5 5.17
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.3/5 4.49
Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.42
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 6.79
Great News (NBC) 0.7/3 2.51
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.0/4 5.99
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/4 5.65
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.0/4 3.77


ABC’s TGIT lineup returned to strong ratings Thursday, with all three shows recording some of their best numbers of the season.

“How to Get Away with Murder” tied its season high in adults 18-49 with a 1.0 rating. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2) and “Scandal” (1.3) each had their second-best outings of the season. “Grey’s” also delivered its biggest total audience in 11 months.

CBS led the night in both adults 18-49 and viewers, although three of its five shows had small declines. “The Big Bang Theory” (2.9) and “Young Sheldon” (2.4) were each off a tenth of a point vs. last week’s fast nationals (both adjusted up in the finals); “SWAT” was also off a tenth at 1.0. “Mom” and “Life in Pieces” were steady.

“Supernatural” returned to The CW with a 0.6, matching its last episode of 2017. “Arrow” rose a tenth to 0.5. “The Four” was also up a tenth on FOX at 1.2.

At NBC, “Will & Grace” rebounded some from last week’s season low, growing by 0.2 to 1.3. “Great News” (0.7) and “Chicago Fire” (1.0) were each up a tenth, “The Good Place” was flat at 1.0 and “Superstore” slipped a tenth to 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.5/6 1.2/4 1.0/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.33 5.71 3.47 4.18 1.65


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.8/7

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”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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