Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 16, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – F 3.1/16 17.99
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – F 1.3/6 5.90
Superstore (NBC) 0.6/3 2.41
Paradise Hotel (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.3/2 1.09
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/1 0.62
8:30 p.m. Superstore (NBC) – F 0.6/3 2.02
9 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – F 2.2/10 13.70
Station 19 (ABC) – F 0.8/4 4.88
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.5/3 1.70
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.52
9:30 p.m. Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell (CBS) – S 1.8/8 11.76
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) – F 0.5/2 1.53
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – F 0.9/5 5.99
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – F 0.7/4 3.53
For the People (ABC) – F 0.5/3 2.55


CBS experienced an unsurprising ratings surge Thursday night, as “The Big Bang Theory” series finale scored a dominant win over the other broadcasts.

With its one-hour finale episode, “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 3.1 average rating among adults 18-49 with 17.99 million viewers – its largest audience since Sept. 2015. It was also the show’s highest-rated episode since Jan. 2018. The season 2 finale of “Young Sheldon” followed it with a 2.2 and 13.7 million viewers – giving the “Big Bang” spin-off its highest-rated episode since its season 1 finale last year.

At 9:30 p.m., the “Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell” special raked in a 1.8 rating with 11.76 million viewers for the network, and the season finale of “S.W.A.T.” rose two-tenths to a 0.9, tying its season high in the demo.

It was a night of season finales for ABC as well, starting with “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m., which wrapped up its season with a 1.3 and 5.9 million viewers – down from its penultimate episode’s 1.4 and 6.37 million viewers. The “Station 19” season finale experienced a similar ratings dip week-to-week, ticking down from a 0.9 to a 0.8. “For the People” went the other way, with its series finale posting a 0.5, up one-tenth from its 0.4 last week.

On NBC, the one-hour “Superstore” finale grabbed a 0.6 average rating, down two-tenths from its previous episode and marking a new series low for the comedy. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” similarly slipped a tenth week-to-week, down from its last outing’s 0.6 to a 0.5 with its season finale.

The season finale of “Law & Order: SVU” capped off the night for the network with the same 0.7 rating as its last episode. Elsewhere, FOX’s “Paradise Hotel” continued to struggle, averaging a 0.3 with 1.09 million viewers.

The CW’s “iZombie” matched its 0.2 from a week ago, while “In the Dark” also grabbed a preliminary 0.2, up one-tenth from its 0.1 final rating from last Thursday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/10 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.3/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 12.24 4.44 2.45 1.09 0.57


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.7/5, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.4/3, 1.5/6

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4


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: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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