Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, November 8, 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.) 3.3/14 10.75
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.3/10 12.71
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/7 6.56
Superstore (NBC) 0.9/4 3.30
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/1 1.41
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.8/7 10.96
The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/3 2.78
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.2/5 8.16
Station 19 (ABC) 1.0/5 5.06
The Voice (NBC) 0.7/3 3.81
Legacies (The CW) 0.3/1 1.11
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 6.09
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.43
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.10
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.7/3 3.06


Pending updates, FOX’s broadcast of the Steelers vs. Panthers “Thursday Night Football” scored a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, up from both the 2.1 preliminary and 3.2 final ratings that last week’s “TNF” game had posted.

It was an up week for CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” as well, which rose from its previous 2.1 to a 2.3, while “Young Sheldon” grew a tenth to a 1.8 – tying its previous season high. “Mom” (1.2), “Murphy Brown” (0.8), and “S.W.A.T.” (0.7) rounded out the night for CBS, all steady with their episodes from a week ago.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” maintained a 1.6 for the second week in a row, and “Station 19” ticked up from a 0.9 to a 1.0. “How to Get Away with Murder,” however, fell back down to a 0.7. The CW’s “Supernatural” (0.3) and “Legacies” (0.3) were both similarly down a tenth from their last episodes.

Elsewhere, it was a totally steady night for NBC, as “Superstore” (0.9), “The Good Place” (0.8), and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9) all stayed even week-to-week. Filling in for “Will & Grace” at 9 p.m. this week, a “Voice” clip show also scored a 0.9.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.3/14 1.3/6 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.75 8.60 4.90 3.58 1.26


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

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

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.4/5


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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