Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 14, 2019

Note: ACC basketball preemptions on NBC, CBS, and the CW may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.4/7 6.74
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.2/6 7.91
Superstore (NBC) 1.0/5 3.65
iHeartRadio Music Awards (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 3.03
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.58
8:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 1.0/5 6.10
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.6/3 2.38
9 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.76
Station 19 (ABC) 0.8/4 5.17
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.7/3 2.34
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/2 1.12
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 0.8/4 4.81
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.6/3 2.74
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.8/4 4.31
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.84
For the People (ABC) 0.6/3 3.43


Without new episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” or “Young Sheldon” to compete with, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” took the no. 1 spot in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

The long-running medical drama was the night’s highest-rated broadcast with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, down a tenth from its previous episode’s 1.5 and tying its series low in the demo. “Station 19” similarly slipped from a 0.9 to a 0.8, tying its season low, but “For the People” went the other way, and rose one-tenth to a 0.6.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “Superstore” ticked up from its midseason premiere’s 0.8 last week to a 1.0, pending updates. If “Superstore” can hold onto that 1.0 in the finals, it’ll mark a new season high in the 18-49 demo for the comedy. “A.P Bio” (0.6) inched up one-tenth from its season 2 premiere a week ago as well.

Additionally, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” rebounded from a 0.6 to a 0.7, while “Will & Grace” dipped a tenth to a 0.6. “Law & Order: SVU” rounded out the night for NBC with a 0.8, down from its last outing’s 0.9.

Airing after “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” repeats, two new episodes of “Fam” grabbed 1.0 and 0.8 ratings on CBS, in line with the freshman comedy’s performance so far this season. The two “Fam” episodes were CBS’ only original broadcasts of the night.

FOX’s broadcast of the “iHeart Radio Awards” raked in a solid 0.9 average rating with 3.03 million viewers, after several years of the awards show airing on cable. The CW’s “Supernatural” stayed steady with another 0.4, while “Legacies” ticked back up from a 0.2 to a 0.3.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.11 3.03 5.38 3.29 1.35


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.8/8

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5


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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