Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 30, 2019

Note: ABC’s live NBA broadcast will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 2.1/12 7.50
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/5 6.04
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.4/2 2.35
Paradise Hotel (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.4/2 1.49
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 2.2/12 6.78
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.88
A.P. Bio (NBC) 0.4/2 1.67
9 p.m. 2019 NBA Finals Game 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 3.9/18 10.77
Mom (CBS) – R 0.7/4 5.12
Abby’s (NBC) 0.4/2 1.55
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.7/3 4.78
Abby’s (NBC) 0.3/2 1.44
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) 0.5/3 3.87
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.3/2 2.37

 

Predictably, ABC’s special coverage of Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals lifted the network to a primetime ratings win Thursday night.

The network kicked things off with its “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” pre-game special, which scored a preliminary 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, down from the 2.5 early rating that its Game 1 broadcast scored a year ago. Its usual “NBA Countdown” lead-out followed it with a 2.2.

Meanwhile, pending updates, the network’s actual broadcast of the first game between the Warriors and the Raptors posted a 3.9 average rating with 10.77 million viewers, putting it down significantly from the 5.1 preliminary rating and 13.61 million viewers that the Game 1 broadcast raked in last year (which later adjusted up to a 6.3 final rating with 17.35 million viewers).

The game’s 10.1 overnight household metered market rating is also the lowest for a series opening game since 2009.

Elsewhere, the CW’s “iZombie” and “In the Dark” both matched their 0.2 ratings from a week ago, while FOX’s “Paradise Hotel” similarly held steady with another 0.4.

On CBS, “Life in Pieces” was not only the night’s highest-rated scripted broadcast, but also managed to tick up from its previous episode’s 0.6 to a 0.7 this time around. Its lead-out, “Elementary,” posted the same 0.5 that its season premiere did last Thursday.

Back-to-back episodes of “A.P. Bio” raked in matching 0.4s for NBC, down one-tenth from the 0.5 that the show’s last outing scored. A pair of “Abby’s” episodes grabbed 0.4 and 0.3 ratings as well, on par with its previous episodes this season.

Network averages:

ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.3/15 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.56 4.92 1.96 1.49 0.88

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: Delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.8/3

“Nightline”: Delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

Definitions:

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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