Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – F 1.9/8 7.54
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 7.13
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.93
Gotham (FOX) – F 0.6/3 2.20
Supernatural (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.61
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.05
9 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.0/4 5.59
Station 19 (ABC) – F 1.0/4 5.11
American Ninja Warrior All-Stars (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.8/4 3.37
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/3 2.59
Arrow (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.35
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – F 0.9/4 4.94
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – F 1.0/5 6.06
What Would You Do? (ABC) – P 0.6/3 2.71


The season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” scored an easy ratings win Thursday night. The close of Season 14 drew a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, tying last week’s final rating (it was 0.1 below last season’s finale).

Several other finales improved on last week’s numbers. “Arrow” (0.5) rose two tenths of a point on The CW; if that holds it will be the show’s best outing since mid-January. “Station 19” (1.0), “SWAT” (1.0) and “Supernatural” (0.5) each gained a tenth on last week.

The finale of “Gotham” (0.6) fell a tenth vs. last week, while the last two “Life in Pieces” episodes of the season (1.0/0.9) were off from the 1.1 from two weeks ago. “Showtime at the Apollo” scored a 0.6 for FOX, and an “American Ninja Warrior All-Stars” special came in at 0.8 on NBC.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.12 6.14 3.56 2.39 1.48


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 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: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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