Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, January 31, 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 13.52
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.7/8 7.24
The Titan Games (NBC) 1.1/5 4.62
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.41
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.36
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.9/8 11.56
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/6 8.65
A Million Little Things (ABC) 1.1/5 5.34
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.8/4 2.76
The Orville (FOX) 0.7/3 3.10
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 1.01
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 1.0/5 6.14
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.8/4 3.12
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.9/5 5.69
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/5 4.60
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.6/3 2.58


CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” returned with an easy primetime win Thursday night, scoring a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, up a tenth from its last episode. It was followed by a new “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 p.m., which similarly returned up two-tenths from its previous 1.7 to a 1.9. “Mom” (1.3) also ticked up a tenth, while “Fam” (1.0) and “S.W.A.T.” (0.9) both stayed even.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked the night off with a 1.7 and 7.24 million viewers, up from the 1.6 it had scored a week ago. “A Million Little Things” maintained its steady performance since moving to Thursdays, and posted its third straight 1.1. “How to Get Away with Murder” capped off ABC’s night in steady fashion too, with a 0.6 for the second week in a row.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Titan Games” slipped again, this time from a 1.2 to a 1.1. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” dropped a tenth week-to-week as well, but “Will & Grace” returned from its midseason break, up from its fall finale’s 0.7 to a 0.8. “Law & Order: SVU” rounded out the night for NBC, and raked in another 0.9 with 4.60 million viewers.

After taking a minor hit last week, FOX’s “Gotham” managed to tick back up from a 0.6 to a 0.7, while “The Orville” continued its recent 0.7 streak. The CW’s recently-renewed “Supernatural” (0.4) and “Legacies” (0.3) matched their episodes from last Thursday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.1/5 0.9/5 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.54 5.06 4.05 2.76 1.19


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.7/8

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 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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