Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 25, 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.) 2.6/11 8.95
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.2/10 12.71
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.51
Superstore (NBC) 0.9/4 3.06
Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/1 1.36
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 10.89
The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/3 2.69
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.2/5 8.05
Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 5.02
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.9/4 3.25
Legacies (The CW) – P 0.3/1 1.20
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 6.09
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.5/2 2.14
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.16
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.34
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.7/3 3.05


Things got off to a slow start for the CW Thursday night, as “Supernatural” tied a series low 0.3 rating in adults 18-49 with 1.36 million viewers, down two-tenths from last Thursday. As a result, it wasn’t much of a strong lead-in for the network’s “Originals” spin-off, “Legacies,” which made its series premiere at 9 p.m., and maintained its lead-in’s 0.3, but lost some of its viewers with 1.20 million.

On NBC, “Superstore” (0.9), “The Good Place” (0.8), and “Will & Grace” (0.9) were all even with what they had scored a week ago. “I Feel Bad” (0.5) and “Law & Order: SVU”  (0.9) each ticked down a tenth.

Elsewhere, FOX led the night again with its broadcast of the Dolphins vs. Texans “Thursday Night Football” game, which posted an early 2.6 average, up five-tenths from the 2.1 preliminary that last week’s “TNF” broadcast posted (before adjusting up to a 2.8 in the finals).

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (2.2) inched up one-tenth week-to-week, while “Young Sheldon” held onto its previous 1.7. “Mom” (1.2), however, was down a tenth, and despite holding strong in its first few weeks, “Murphy Brown” fell another tenth from a 0.9 to a 0.8. “S.W.A.T.” rounded out the night for the network, steady with a 0.7.

After taking a week off, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.5) returned even with its last episode. “Station 19” (0.9) followed it by ticking up a tenth, and “How to Get Away with Murder” maintained its previous 0.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/11 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.95 8.62 5.27 3.06 1.28


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.7/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

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


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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