Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 26, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/5 3.11
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.75
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.48
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.5/2 2.75
Burden of Truth (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.23
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/5 5.40
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.39
Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 3.32
Trial and Error (NBC) 0.5/2 2.17
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.94
9:30 p.m. Trial and Error (NBC) 0.4/2 1.79
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.99
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.36
Take Two (ABC) 0.4/2 2.54


“Big Brother” easily maintained its place at the top of the Thursday night primetime ratings, despite slipping slightly from its numbers last week.

The CBS reality series raked in a 1.5 ratings in adults 18-49 with 5.39 million viewers, down one-tenth from the 1.6 it had scored last Thursday, but still six-tenths higher than any of the night’s other broadcasts. Meanwhile, FOX’s “The Four: Battle for Stardom” was the second-highest rated original program of the night, with a 0.9 average across its 2-hour-long broadcast.

This marked a new season high for the series, matching its previous 0.9 and ticking up in total viewers from 2.86 to 3.11 million this time around, heading into its summer finale next week.

Both episodes of NBC’s “Trial and Error” (0.5, 0.4) were each down a tenth from what the series had scored when it made its premiere a week ago. This was still also, understandably, down quite a bit from the numbers that “Trial and Error” had been scoring during its first season, back in Spring 2017.

On ABC, “The Gong Show,” (0.5) “Match Game,” (0.6) and “Take Two” (0.4) all maintained the same ratings as their previous episodes, respectively.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/5 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.88 3.11 2.87 2.45 1.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.4/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


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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