Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 4, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/7 5.89
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.4/3 3.18
Holey Moley (ABC) – R 0.4/3 2.11
MasterChef (FOX) – R 0.4/3 1.32
iZombie (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.47
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.3/2 3.04
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.98
Spin the Wheel (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.44
Family Food Fight (ABC) – R 0.3/2 1.38
Top 10 Greatest Animal Movies of All Time (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.44
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.54
10 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) – R 0.8/6 4.32
Elementary (CBS) 0.3/2 2.94
Reef Break (ABC) – R 0.3/2 1.72


As usual, the 4th of July holiday meant a night of mostly repeats in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

NBC’s broadcast of the annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” easily won the night – averaging a 0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 5.89 million viewers, down from the 1.2 and 7.4 million viewers that it scored in 2018.

Notably, the broadcast’s 5.89 million viewers is also the smallest audience that a “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” special has scored since 2015.

CBS’ “Elementary” was the night’s only other original broadcast, and it predictably fell from its last episode’s 0.4 to a 0.3 with 2.94 million viewers this time around.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/7 0.3/2 0.3/2 0.3/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.37 2.94 1.73 1.38 0.45


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/1, 0.7/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.7/3


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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