Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 10, 2018

Note: A pre-emption for baseball in New York City could cause greater adjustments than usual for The CW.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – F 2.8/14 15.00
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/8 7.26
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.20
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/3 1.94
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.70
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – F 2.1/9 12.19
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/6 9.10
Chicago Fire (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.0/4 5.89
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 4.51
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/3 2.35
Arrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.35
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – F 1.3/6 7.92
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 0.9/4 5.63
Quantico (ABC) 0.5/2 2.05


“The Big Bang Theory” ended its season on an up note, scoring its best ratings in three months for the wedding of Sheldon and Amy.

The show drew a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, its best mark since Feb. 1 and a tenth of a point better than last season’s finale. “Young Sheldon” (2.1) topped last week by two tenths with its finale, and “Mom” (1.5 and 1.3) was steady with its last two episodes of the season. “SWAT” ticked up a tenth to 0.9.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” rose two tenths to 1.8. “Station 19” slipped a tenth to 0.9, and “Quantico” was steady at 0.5.

The two-hour season finale of “Chicago Fire” on NBC averaged 1.0, in line with last week. “Gotham” rose a tenth to 0.7 for FOX, and “Showtime at the Apollo” was steady at 0.6.

The CW’s numbers may be inflated some due to a baseball pre-emption in New York City. “Supernatural” is currently at 0.6 and “Arrow” at 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.24 4.61 4.83 2.27 1.65


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

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, 1.1/4


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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