Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 3, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.2/10 12.55
The Titan Games (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.8/8 6.50
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.77
Gotham (FOX) – P 0.7/3 2.58
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 10.89
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.51
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.28
The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.7/3 5.44
The Orville (FOX) 0.6/3 2.82
Legacies (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.61
9:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.09
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.9/4 5.95
The Blacklist (NBC) – P 0.9/4 4.19


For the second night in a row this week, the primetime ratings featured a strong debut from a rookie unscripted series. This time around it was NBC’s Dwayne Johnson-hosted “The Titan Games,” which kicked off the network’s Thursday night at 8 p.m. with a strong 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.50 million viewers.

Despite not being as high as the 3.0 that FOX’s “The Masked Singer” raked in with its premiere Wednesday night, it’s still a solid debut for “The Titan Games,” which has now given NBC its first Thursday win ever – on a night without sports – against an original “Big Bang Theory” broadcast. The season premiere of “The Blacklist” followed it at 10 p.m. with a 0.9, steady with its previous season’s average.

On CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” returned to win the night with a 2.2, up a tenth from its last episode, as was “Young Sheldon” (1.7). “S.W.A.T.” rounded out the night for CBS with a 0.9, also up two-tenths episode-to-episode.

FOX’s “Gotham” kicked off its final season with a 0.7 and 2.58 million viewers, down slightly from its fourth season’s 0.8 average. Meanwhile, “The Orville” made its time-period premiere at 9 p.m., and fell significantly from the 1.5 that its NFL-boosted season premiere had scored this past Sunday night, to a series low 0.6.

ABC’s “Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr.” special grabbed a 0.7 with 5.44 million viewers, following back-to-back “Conners” repeats (0.7, 0.6). Elsewhere, the CW took the night off with “Supernatural” (0.2) and “Legacies” (0.2) reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.3/6 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.73 8.12 4.84 2.70 0.69


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 1.0/3


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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