Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Note: Some CBS, NBC and CW affiliates aired college basketball Thursday night, which may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.6/11 13.82
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.7/7 7.13
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 3.70
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.45
Supernatural (The CW) 0.5/2 1.74
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.2/9 12.59
AP Bio (NBC) 0.8/3 2.64
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/6 9.29
Scandal (ABC) 1.1/4 4.75
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.1/4 4.18
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/2 2.39
Arrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.35
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 6.98
Champions (NBC) – P 0.8/3 2.98
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/5 6.47
SWAT (CBS) 1.0/4 5.67
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.9/4 3.46


NBC’s new comedy “Champions” didn’t put up gold-medal ratings Thursday night. The show drew a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and just under 3 million viewers, in line with the low numbers “Great News” and “AP Bio” did in the timeslot earlier in the season.

“Superstore” was up a tenth of a point week to week at 1.1, pending updates, while “AP Bio” and “Will & Grace” were steady. “Chicago Fire” fared better: Pending updates, its 1.3 is the show’s best rating since the season premiere.

CBS led the night with “The Big Bang Theory” (2.6), “Young Sheldon” (2.2), “Life in Pieces” (1.2) and “SWAT” (1.0) all rising a tenth, pending updates, while “Mom” was even at 1.5.

“Grey’s Anatomy” tied a series low at 1.7 on ABC, and “Scandal” (1.1, -0.1) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.9, -0.2) also declined vs. last week. So did FOX’s “Gotham,” which was off a tenth at 0.7. “Showtime at the Apollo” matched last week’s 0.6.

At The CW, “Supernatural” dipped a tenth to 0.5 and “Arrow” was steady at 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.00 5.11 4.41 2.42 1.54


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/4, 1.3/4

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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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