Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 9, 2019

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.9/10 12.25
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.3/7 6.29
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/5 3.00
Paradise Hotel (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – P 0.5/2 1.44
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/1 1.00
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.5/8 10.35
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 2.52
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – F 1.1/5 8.19
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 5.06
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 0.6/3 1.87
In the Dark (The CW) 0.2/1 0.84
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.8/4 5.71
Abby’s (NBC) 0.4/2 1.43
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/4 5.08
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/4 3.60
For the People (ABC) 0.4/2 2.34

 

Just one week away from its series finale, “The Big Bang Theory” easily held onto the no. 1 spot in the Thursday primetime ratings.

The long-running CBS comedy led the night with a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49, matching its rating from a week ago, and 12.25 million viewers. “Young Sheldon” (1.5) also stayed even week-to-week, as did “Life in Pieces” (0.8), “S.W.A.T.” (0.7), and the season finale of “Mom” (1.1).

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” ticked back down from its previous 1.4 to a 1.3, tying its series low, and “Station 19” similarly dropped from its last episode’s crossover-boosted 1.2 rating to a 0.9 this time around. The recently-canceled “For the People” (0.4) closed out the night for the network, similarly down a tenth from its last outing.

NBC’s “Superstore” scored a 0.8 at 8 p.m, down from its previous 0.9, while a second “Superstore” episode grabbed a 0.7 at 8:30 p.m., up two-tenths from the 0.5 that “A.P. Bio” scored in the same time slot last Thursday. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.6) followed with a one-tenth uptick as well, but the same could not be said for “Law & Order: SVU,” which slipped from a 0.8 to a 0.7. “Abby’s,” however, held onto its previous 0.4.

The 2-hour series premiere of FOX’s “Paradise Hotel” reboot grabbed a low 0.5 average rating with 1.44 million viewers. Elsewhere, the CW’s “iZombie” held steady with the same 0.2 rating as its season premiere last week, and “In the Dark” managed to tick up from a 0.2 to a 0.1.

Network averages:

CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.7/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.78 4.56 2.67 1.44 0.92

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.6/5

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

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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