Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 7, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.1/10 12.78
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.61
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 3.07
Gotham (FOX) 0.6/3 2.11
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.30
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/8 11.51
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.5/3 1.88
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.2/6 8.40
Station 19 (ABC) 1.0/4 5.38
The Orville (FOX) 0.6/3 2.93
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.6/3 1.99
Legacies (The CW) 0.2/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. Fam (CBS) 0.9/4 5.72
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.7/3 2.63
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.9/4 5.57
For the People (ABC) – P 0.6/3 3.20
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/3 2.48


It was a night of returns and premieres in the Thursday primetime ratings this week.

ABC’s “Station 19” returned from hiatus with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, down two-tenths from its fall finale last year, but on par with its average so far this season, while its lead-in, “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.5), ticked down one-tenth week-to-week. The season 2 premiere of “For the People” rounded out the night for ABC with a 0.6 at 10 p.m., up from its season finale’s 0.5 last year and even with its first season’s average in the demo.

Elsewhere, the recently-renewed “Superstore” returned on NBC at 8 p.m. with a 0.8 and 3.07 million viewers, up a tenth from its fall finale. It was followed by the season 2 premiere of “A.P. Bio” at 8:30 p.m., which raked in a low 0.5, down from both its season finale’s 0.6 last year and its first season’s overall 0.7 average.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” slipped from its previous 0.7 to a season low 0.6 as well. “Will & Grace,” however, managed to climb up from the 0.6 it had scored a week ago to a 0.7 this time around.

Despite all of the premieres on ABC and NBC, it was CBS that won the night in adults 18-49 and in total viewers. “The Big Bang Theory” returned with a 2.1 and 12.78 million viewers, taking the night’s no. 1 spots in both measures. “Young Sheldon” (1.7) held steady with its previous episode, as did “S.W.A.T.” (0.9). Meanwhile, “Mom” ticked down a tenth to a 1.2, and “Fam” went the other way, rising from a 0.8 to a 0.9.

On FOX, “Gotham” held steady with another 0.6, but “The Orville” dropped from a 0.8 to a 0.6. The CW’s “Supernatural” returned from several weeks off with a 0.4, down from its last outing’s 0.5. “Legacies” (0.2) similarly inched down a tenth, tying its series low.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.0/4 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.26 5.06 2.42 2.52 1.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/4, 2.9/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/5


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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