Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 18, 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.) 2.1/9 6.59
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.0/9 12.00
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (ABC) – R 1.1/5 4.52
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/3 3.22
Supernatural (The CW) 0.5/2 1.51
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 10.83
Toy Story of TERROR! (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.27
The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/3 2.80
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/5 8.20
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.9/4 3.33
Station 19 (ABC) 0.8/3 4.14
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.98
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.9/4 6.49
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.6/3 2.25
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.0/5 3.96
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.51
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.7/3 2.75


While FOX’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage still led the primetime ratings last night, its preliminary 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 was down quite a bit from last week’s “TNF” broadcast, which had posted an early 3.4 before adjusting up to a 4.7 in the finals.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” remained the night’s highest-rated scripted series, but fell three-tenths from a 2.3 to a 2.0, tying its previous series low. “Young Sheldon” (1.7), “Murphy Brown” (0.9), and “”S.W.A.T.” (0.7) were all down a tenth as well, while “Mom” (1.3) held steady.

ABC’s “Station 19” plummeted without its usual “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in, dropping from its previous series high 1.3 to a series low 0.8 this week. For the first time this season too, “How to Get Away with Murder” dipped from a 0.8 to a 0.7. The network’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1.1) and “Toy Story of TERROR!” (0.8) halloween specials filled out its 8 p.m. hour.

On NBC, “Superstore” (0.8) and “The Good Place” (0.8) kicked off the night by matching their previous episodes, while “Will & Grace” (0.9), “I Feel Bad” (0.6), and  “Law & Order: SVU” (1.0) each ticked up a tenth from what they had scored last Thursday. The CW’s “Supernatural” maintained its season premiere’s 0.5 for the second week in a row.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/9 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.59 8.60 3.11 3.67 1.25


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/3, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.8/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/5


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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