Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 1, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.5/11 13.64
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/8 7.53
Superstore (NBC) 1.0/4 3.53
Gotham (FOX) 0.8/3 2.60
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.63
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.1/8 12.43
AP Bio (NBC) 0.8/3 2.72
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/6 9.01
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/5 5.13
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.1/4 4.10
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – P 0.6/2 2.48
Arrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.18
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.1/4 6.54
AP Bio (NBC) 0.7/3 2.81
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/5 5.62
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.1/5 4.20
SWAT (CBS) 0.9/4 5.32


A crossover between “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” brought ratings bumps to both shows. The ABC series were two of only three shows Thursday to improve on their last new episodes.

“Scandal” scored a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, up from 1.1 for its last outing. “How to Get Away” rose three tenths of a point to 1.1, tying “Chicago Fire” — the other show that was up — for the lead at 10 p.m. “HTGAWM” tied its season high in adults 18-49 and had its biggest total audience of 2017-18. “Grey’s Anatomy” held steady for ABC at 2.0.

At CBS, “Mom” (1.5) was even with its last episode. “The Big Bang Theory” (2.5, -0.4), “Young Sheldon” (2.1, -0.2), “Life in Pieces” (1.1, -0.1) and “SWAT” (0.9, -0.1) all dipped.

“Gotham” returned to FOX with a 0.8, equaling its last episode of the fall. “Showtime at the Apollo” made its debut as a weekly show with a 0.6. The CW’s “Supernatural” and “Arrow” were both even with their last episodes.

NBC’s comedies also dipped a little. “Superstore” (1.0) and “Will & Grace” (1.1) were both off a tenth from their last pre-Olympics installments. Two episodes of “AP Bio” drew 0.8 and 0.7, in line with its 0.8 debut a month ago but down considerably from the 1.4 for its post-Olympics airing Sunday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.5/6 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.71 5.62 4.07 2.54 1.40


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.0/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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: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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