Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 12, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 5.76
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/5 2.80
Little Big Shots (NBC) 0.7/3 5.80
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.5/2 2.96
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.85
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/5 5.39
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.26
Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 3.49
Marlon (NBC) 0.6/3 2.91
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.65
9:30 p.m. Marlon (NBC) 0.6/3 2.40
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.08
Take Two (ABC) 0.5/2 2.80
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.53


“Big Brother” improved week to week, and easily led the Thursday night ratings in adults 18-49.

The CBS series scored a 1.5 rating with 5.76 million viewers, up two-tenths from the 1.3 it scored last Thursday. On NBC, “Little Big Shots” was down a tenth from its previous 0.8, but still raked in the night’s biggest total audience with 5.80 million.

Both “Match Game” (0.6) and “The Gong Show” (0.5) were down a tenth vs. last week, while “Take Two” rounded out the night on ABC with a 0.5 – up from it’s previous 0.4. FOX’s “The Four: Battle for Stardom” returned from a week off with a 0.9 and 2.80 million viewers, up from the 0.8 of its last episode.

Meanwhile, “Marlon” aired the final 2 episodes of its second season, and held steady yet again with back-to-back 0.6s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/4 0.9/5 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.87 2.80 3.41 3.08 0.75


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/3

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

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