Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 23, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. This Is Farrah Fawcett (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.7/3 5.78
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/4 5.25
Red Nose Day (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.4/2 2.24
Paradise Hotel (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.4/2 1.24
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/1 0.75
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.7/4 5.35
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.74
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.59
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.6/3 4.46
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) – P 0.5/3 4.10
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.90
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – S 0.4/2 2.01


It was a blast from the past that carried ABC to the top Thursday night, as “This Is Farah Fawcett” eked out a win against the entirety of its competition.

The special, which focused on the career and legacy of the late star, scored a 0.7 average among adults 18-49, with 5.78 million viewers across its two-hour broadcast. While that was just enough to lead the night, it was down a bit from the 1.0 of “The Last Days of Michael Jackson,” which aired in the same timeslot on May 24, 2018. ABC followed “This Is Farah Fawcett” with a rerun of “Shark Tank” at 0.4.

CBS opened the night with a hand of rebroadcasts: two episodes of “Young Sheldon” at 0.6 and 0.7 respectively, with “Mom” on their tail at 0.6. A new episode of “Life in Pieces” grabbed a 0.6, down from the 0.8 it last received before being cancelled, while “Elementary” returned for its seventh season at 0.5 with 4.10 million viewers. The season six finale of “Elementary” had also scored a 0.5, but with 3.10 million viewers.

Fundraising special “Red Nose Day” was the opening gambit from NBC, coming in at an average of 0.4 across two hours. This then led into another special, “Hollywood Game Night,” at an identical 0.4. Last year, “Red Nose Day” had been just a bit higher at 0.5, while “Hollywood Game Night” had been double its size at 0.8.

Over at FOX, “Paradise Hotel” managed to claw its way up from 0.3 to reach 0.4, rising from 1.09 million viewers to 1.24 million. The CW had a fairly ordinary night, with “iZombie” remaining stable at the same 0.2 it scored a week ago and “In the Dark” also holding onto its own 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.82 4.78 2.17 1.24 0.67


Late-night metered market ratings to come.



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.

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