Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.8/10 12.17
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.4/7 6.90
Superstore (NBC) 0.9/5 3.03
2019 Miss USA (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.7/4 2.96
iZombie (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.75
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.4/7 10.53
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.5/3 1.87
9 p.m. Station 19 (ABC) 1.2/6 6.38
Mom (CBS) 1.1/5 7.96
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.5/3 1.72
In the Dark (The CW) 0.1/1 0.51
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.8/4 5.63
Abby’s (NBC) 0.4/2 1.49
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.8/4 3.92
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/4 5.08
For the People (ABC) 0.5/3 2.66


A crossover between “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” resulted in noticeable upticks for both ABC dramas.

“Grey’s Anatomy” returned from a week off with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.90 million viewers, up from its last episode’s 1.3 and 6.24 million viewers. “Station 19” scored an even bigger boost from the crossover, rising from its previous 0.8 rating to a 1.2 this time around. “For the People” capped off the night for the network, steady with its last outing’s 0.5.

Despite ABC’s two ratings upticks, however, it was still CBS that reigned supreme Thursday night. “The Big Bang Theory” led the night with a 1.8 – matching its rating from a week ago – and 12.17 million viewers. “Young Sheldon” (1.4), “Life in Pieces” (0.8), and “S.W.A.T.” (0.7) all similarly held steady, while “Mom” grabbed a 1.1, up a tenth week-to-week.

On the CW, “iZombie” kicked off its final season with a 0.2, down slightly from its 0.3 season average last year. It was followed by “In the Dark,” which ticked down from a 0.2 to its first 0.1.

FOX’s broadcast of this year’s Miss USA competition posted a 0.7 average rating with 2.96 million viewers, up from the 0.6 and 2.38 million viewers it scored in 2018.

Elsewhere, it was a mostly up night for NBC, starting with “Superstore” at 8 p.m., which climbed back up from its previous 0.7 to a 0.9. “A.P. Bio” (0.5), “Abby’s” (0.4), and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.8) all ticked up one-tenth as well, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stayed even with another 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.74 5.31 2.96 2.66 0.63


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 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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