Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 31, 2018

Note: A live sports broadcast on ABC may result in greater adjustments than usual 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) 2.5/11 8.61
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.67
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 1.0/4 5.06
Masterchef (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.91
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.8
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 3.0/11 9.19
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.58
9 p.m. NBA Finals Game 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 5.1/17 13.61
Mom (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.37
Beat Shazam (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.61
Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.6
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.04
10 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.17
SWAT (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.88


It was a quiet night in the Thursday primetime ratings this week, apart from one notable live sports broadcast.

ABC easily won the night with its 2-hour-long broadcast of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors NBA finals game last night, which scored a 5.1 average rating in adults 18-49 and 13.61 million viewers. Additionally, the network’s pre-game “NBA Countdown” special scored a 3.0, and the first edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” kicked off the night on ABC with a 2.5 and 8.61 million viewers.

Other than ABC, though, it was an off night for all the other networks, as CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW aired nothing but reruns throughout the night. Encore episodes of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” scored highest with back-to-back 1.1s, while an “America’s Got Talent” (1.0) rerun on NBC followed closely behind.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.9/13 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.25 5.31 4.43 1.76 0.70



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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