Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 24, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/7 6.94
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/7 8.23
The Titan Games (NBC) 1.2/6 4.86
Gotham (FOX) 0.6/3 2.43
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.41
8:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 1.0/5 6.38
9 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.1/5 5.44
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 6.19
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 1.0/5 3.03
The Orville (FOX) 0.7/3 3.14
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 1.05
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 0.8/4 5.07
The Good Place (NBC) – F 0.8/4 2.66
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.20
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.11
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.6/3 2.74


With “The Big Bang Theory” taking the week off, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” rose to the top of the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

“Grey’s” posted a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, which despite being down three-tenths from its 1.9 a week ago, was still the night’s highest-rated broadcast in the demo. “A Million Little Things” followed it in steady fashion, holding onto a 1.1 for the second week in a row, while “How to Get Away with Murder” slipped a tenth to a series low 0.6.

NBC’s “The Titan Games” took another hit week-to-week, falling from its previous 1.3 to a 1.2. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” however, rebounded slightly from its 0.9 last week to a 1.0 this time around. It was followed by the season finale of “The Good Place,” which held steady with another 0.8 and 2.66 million viewers.

Elsewhere, CBS aired two episodes of “FAM” throughout the night, both of which followed “Big Bang Theory” reruns. The first episode scored a 1.0 at 8:30 p.m., down a tenth from its 0.9 last Thursday, while the second posted a 0.8 at 9:30 p.m. Once again, the network rounded out its night with a “S.W.A.T.” rerun (0.6).

FOX’s “Gotham” inched down a tenth to a 0.6, but “The Orville” maintained a 0.7. On the CW, “Legacies” returned at 9 p.m. with a 0.3, even with its fall finale, and “Supernatural” matched its last episode’s 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.04 5.71 3.60 2.79 1.23


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

11:35 p.m.

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.7/8

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 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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