Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 29, 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. NFL Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 4.5/19 15.74
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.2/5 8.10
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC) – R 0.9/4 4.01
LEGO: Jurassic World (NBC) – P 0.5/2 2.13
Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.51
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.86
Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.29
LEGO: Jurassic World (NBC) 0.4/2 1.49
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.1/5 7.42
Wonderful World of Disney: Holiday Celebration (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.7/3 3.17
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.6/3 2.78
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 1.01
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 5.59
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.4/2 1.81
10 p.m. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.19
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/3 3.80


It was a night of holiday specials for ABC, beginning with “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which posted a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49. It was followed by “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (0.8) at 8:30 p.m., while “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” rounded out the night with a 0.7 and 3.17 million viewers.

Elsewhere, after kicking things off with back-to-back “LEGO: Jurassic World” (0.5, 0.4) specials, NBC had a tough time throughout the rest of the night. “Will & Grace” hit a series low 0.6, down a tenth from its previous 0.7, while both “I Feel Bad” (0.4) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) fell to new lows as well.

It was only a slightly better night for CBS, as “Mom” ticked down two-tenths and hit a season low 1.1. “S.W.A.T” (0.7) also came in a tenth below its last episode, but “Murphy Brown” (0.8) stayed even.

On the CW, both “Supernatural” (0.4) and “Legacies” (0.3) returned steady. Meanwhile, it was a good week for “Thursday Night Football,” with FOX’s broadcast of the Cowboys vs. Saints game posting a 14.6 household rating in metered markets – “TNF’s” best overnight rating ever.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.5/19 1.0/5 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 15.74 6.83 3.41 2.40 1.26


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.7/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3


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.

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