Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 1, 2018

Note: A live NFL broadcast on FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual for the networks in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.1/10 12.43
NFL Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.1/10 7.37
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.62
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/3 3.27
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.45
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 10.94
The Good Place (NBC) 0.7/3 2,73
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.1/5 7.96
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 4.92
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.8/3 3.47
Legacies (The CW) 0.4/2 1.15
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 5.98
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.6/3 2.29
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.54
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.8/3 2.91
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.24


Pending updates, FOX’s broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Raiders and the 49ers posted a 2.1 average rating in adults 18-49, down five-tenths from the 2.6 early rating that last week’s “TNF” game scored (which adjusted up to a 3.6 in the finals).

Although it will likely adjust up to a solo win later today, the 49ers vs. Raiders game tied for the no. 1 spot of the night with CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” in the preliminaries, which was similarly down from its previous 2.3 to a 2.1 this week. “Mom” (1.1) fell a tenth as well, but “Young Sheldon” (1.7), “Murphy Brown” (0.8), and “S.W.A.T.” (0.7) all held steady with their episodes a week ago.

Elsewhere, “Superstore” kicked off the night for NBC with its largest audience since March (3.27 million viewers), despite ticking down a tenth to a 0.8. “The Good Place” (0.7) also experienced a one-tenth dip, while “I Feel Bad” went the other way, rising from a 0.5 to a 0.6. “Will & Grace” (0.8) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9) both matched their previous episodes.

On the CW, “Legacies” ticked up slightly from its series premiere’s 0.3 to a 0.4, and “Supernatural” stayed even with a 0.4. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.5) and “Station 19” (0.9) held steady week-to-week. “How to Get Away with Murder” rose one-tenth from a 0.7 to a 0.8.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/11 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.95 8.62 5.27 3.06 1.28


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.9/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5


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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