Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 28, 2019

Note: Live NCAA basketball broadcasts on CBS will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament (CBS) (8-9:30 p.m.) 1.6/8 6.72
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 7.30
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 3.44
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.29
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.93
8:30 p.m. A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.5/3 2.36
9 p.m. Station 19 (ABC) 1.0/5 5.47
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.7/3 3.28
The Orville (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.31
Legacies (The CW) – F 0.3/2 0.94
9:30 p.m. 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament (CBS) 1.5/7 5.78
Abby’s (NBC) – P 0.5/3 2.62
10 p.m. For the People (ABC) 0.6/3 3.02
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/3 2.97


The series premiere of “Abby’s” on NBC failed to draw in a large crowd Thursday night.

The network’s latest freshman comedy debuted with a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.62 million viewers at 9:30 p.m., making it NBC’s lowest-rated series premiere of the season. “Superstore” kicked off the night for the network with a 0.8, down a tenth from its previous 0.9, while both “Will & Grace” (0.7) and “A.P. Bio” (0.5) matched their episodes from a week ago.

Elsewhere, it was CBS that led the night with its coverage of the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 games. Pending updates, the network’s broadcast of the Gonzaga vs. Florida State game scored a 1.6 with 6.72 million viewers, making it the night’s no. 1 broadcast in the adults 18-49 demo, while the Michigan vs. Texas Tech game grabbed a 1.5 with 5.78 million viewers.

Following a “Supernatural” repeat, the CW’s “Legacies” wrapped up its first season with a 0.3, even with its last episode. On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.5), “Station 19” (1.0), and “For the People” (0.6) all ticked up one-tenth week-to-week.

FOX took the night off with “Gotham” (0.3) and “The Orville” (0.3) repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/8 1.0/5 0.6/3 0.3/2 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.25 5.26 2.94 1.30 0.93


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/5 (delayed by NCAA overrun)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/3, 0.9/4 (delayed by NCAA overrun)

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3


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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