Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 5, 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 5.93
Little Big Shots (NBC) 0.8/4 6.39
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.6/3 3.49
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 1.76
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.0/5 5.67
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.3/6 4.94
Match Game (ABC) 0.7/3 3.96
Marlon (NBC) 0.6/3 2.97
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.64
9:30 p.m. Marlon (NBC) 0.6/3 2.38
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.04
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/3 2.46
Take Two (ABC) 0.4/2 2.87


A pair of variety shows improved week to week, and “Big Brother” held steady to lead among adults 18-49.

“Little Big Shots” (0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo) and “The Gong Show” (0.6) each rose a tenth of a point vs. last week. “Little Big Shots” also had the night’s biggest total audience with 6.39 million people tuning in.

“Big Brother” scored a 1.3, even with last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals). “Match Game” (0.7) and “Marlon” (0.6 for both episodes) also held steady, and “Take Two” matched last week’s final 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/4 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.59 3.84 3.44 1.76 0.70


The late-night talk shows all aired repeats.


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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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