Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 24, 2018

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 6.71
The Last Days of Michael Jackson (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 5.56
Celebrity Ninja Warrior (NBC) – S 0.8/4 3.65
Terrence Howard’s Fright Club (FOX) – S 0.5/2 1.54
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.84
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.18
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.09
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – S 0.8/4 3.24
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – F 0.6/3 2.30
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.56
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.93
10 p.m. What Would You Do? (ABC) 0.8/4 3.62
SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.61
Red Nose Day (NBC) – S 0.5/2 2.06


With the September-to-May season over, ratings took a decided downturn Thursday night.

A “Big Bang Theory” rerun on CBS led primetime on the broadcast networks in both adults 18-49 (1.0 ratings) and total viewers (6.71 million). The top originals were the ABC News special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” and a celebrity edition of “American Ninja Warrior” that aired as part of NBC’s Red Nose Day block; both posted a 0.9 in adults 18-49.

A special “Hollywood Game Night” drew a 0.8 for NBC, and the “Red Nose Day” fund-raising special came in at 0.5. ABC got a 0.8 from “What Would You Do?” FOX’s special “Terrence Howard’s Fright Club” posted a 0.5, and “Showtime at the Apollo” was at 0.6 for its finale.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.92 4.86 2.98 1.92 0.70


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.

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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