Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 19, 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 6.05
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/5 2.83
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.70
Take Two (ABC) 0.4/2 3.11
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.63
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/5 5.51
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.6/7 5.56
Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 2.97
Trial and Error (NBC) – P 0.6/3 3.26
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.49
9:30 p.m. Trial and Error (NBC) – P 0.5/2 2.69
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.30
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.59
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.5/2 2.38


“Big Brother” not only kept its place at the top of the Thursday night ratings, but improved week-to-week yet again.

The CBS series scored a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 last night with 5.56 million viewers, up a tenth from last week’s 1.5. It had the largest audience of any original program of the night, but trailed behind an encore episode of “The Bang Theory” (6.05 million), also on CBS. Should “Big Brother” maintain its 1.6 rating and 5.56 million viewers in the finals, then it’ll be the show’s highest-rated episode of the season so far.

Meanwhile, FOX’s “The Four: Battle for Stardom” grabbed a 0.9, even with its preliminary rating last week, but up a tenth from its 0.8 final, so whether or not “The Four” can hold that 0.9 in today’s finals will have to wait to be seen. However, like the case with “Big Brother,” if it does then it’ll be “The Four’s” highest-rated episode of its current season.

On NBC, “Trial and Error” made its summer debut with back-to-back premiere episodes scoring 0.6 and 0.5 ratings. This was unsurprisingly down from the 0.9 average of its first season, which had aired throughout Spring 2017, but is more in-line with the summer TV season.

Even it’s series low 0.5 last night, seems reasonable when compared to the 0.6s that “Marlon” had scored throughout most of its second season this summer, and the encore episode of “Ellen’s Game of Games” it had as a lead-in.

ABC’s “The Gong Show” (0.5) and “Match Game” (0.6) were both even with their numbers last week, while “Take Two” (0.4) ticked down one-tenth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.9/5 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.10 2.83 3.06 2.82 0.56


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.6/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

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

“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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