Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 22, 2018

Note: A live NFL broadcast on NBC 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. NFL Football (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 5.5/24 18.34
MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.9/8 6.00
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/3 5.59
20/20 (ABC) 0.4/2 3.08
iHeart Radio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.1/1 0.63
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.50
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.30
Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries (ABC) – S 0.3/1 2.65
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 4.75
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.52
I’m Coming Home (ABC) – S 0.3/1 2.03


The NFL predictably led the Thanksgiving night primetime ratings.

Pending updates, NBC’s broadcast of the Falcons vs. Saints game raked in a 5.5 rating in adults 18-49, up four-tenths from the 5.1 that last year’s Thanksgiving night “TNF” game scored.

With the help of an NFL lead-in as well, FOX’s “MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown” special took the no. 2 spot of the night, and scored a 1.9 in the demo with 6.00 million viewers. Elsewhere, “Murphy Brown” was CBS’ only original primetime broadcast of the night and posted a 0.8, down a tenth from its last episode.

On ABC, a special “Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic” edition of “20/20” kicked off the night with a 0.4 and 3.08 million viewers. The network’s “Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries” and “I’m Coming Home” specials followed with matching 0.3s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.5/24 1.9/8 0.8/3 0.4/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 18.34 6.00 4.93 2.58 0.63


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.3/5, 3.0/13 (delayed by an NFL overrun)

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.8/3, 1.8/7 (delayed by an NFL overrun)

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/1, 0.8/3


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.

  • ‘Thursday Night Football’ adjusts up, ‘MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown’ adjusts down: Thursday final ratings – TV By The Numbers by

    […] were only a couple notable adjustments from Thanksgiving night’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings in the finals […]


blog comments powered by Disqus