Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Note: A live NFL broadcast on FOX will 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.) 3.4/14 10.70
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.2/10 12.65
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.66
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 3.10
Supernatural (The CW) – P 0.5/2 1.45
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.8/8 11.00
The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/4 2.79
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/6 8.26
Station 19 (ABC) 1.3/5 6.50
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.8/4 3.40
All American (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.62
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 1.0/4 6.82
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.6/3 2.23
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.35
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.8/4 5.45
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.8/4 3.28


ABC’s Thursday night crossover event between “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” saw one series fall slightly week-to-week, while the other hit a new high.

Starting at 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” took a small hit this week, falling one-tenth from its previous 1.6 to a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49. However, “Station 19” not only rose two-tenths from the 1.1 its season 2 premiere had scored a week ago, but hit new series highs in both the adults 18-49 (1.3) and total viewers (6.50 million) measures. “How to Get Away with Murder,” meanwhile, maintained a 0.8 and posted its largest audience of the season so far (3.28 million).

FOX’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage was up in the preliminaries as well, with its early 3.4 average coming in four-tenths higher than last Thursday’s 3.0 preliminary (which later adjusted up to a 4.3 in the finals). Elsewhere, it was a steady night for CBS, as “The Big Bang Theory” (2.2), “Young Sheldon” (1.8), and “Murphy Brown” (1.0) were all even week-to-week, while both “Mom” (1.4) and “S.W.A.T.” (0.8) ticked up a tenth.

NBC continued to struggle with its Thursday night lineup, starting with “Superstore” (0.8) and “The Good Place” (0.8) falling one-tenth from their previous episodes. The “Will & Grace” revival was down two-tenths from its season premiere’s 1.0 to a 0.8, while both “I Feel Bad” (0.6) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9) also slipped a tenth.

On the CW, the season premiere of “Supernatural” posted a 0.5 with 1.45 million viewers, down two-tenths from its premiere last year and a tenth below its overall 2017-18 season average.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.4/14 1.4/6 1.2/5 0.8/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.70 8.84 5.48 3.17 1.04


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 0.9/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 1.0/4


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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