Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 4, 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) (8-11:30 p.m.) 3.0/13 9.58
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.2/10 12.00
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/7 6.53
Superstore (NBC) – P 0.9/4 3.17
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.66
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.8/9 10.59
The Good Place (NBC) 0.9/4 2.97
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/6 7.94
Station 19 (ABC) – P 1.1/5 5.22
Will & Grace (NBC) – P 1.0/4 3.94
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.42
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 1.0/4 7.17
I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.7/3 2.63
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.0/4 4.20
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.8/4 3.06
S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.25


NBC’s “Will & Grace” revival kicked off its newest season with a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo last night, up one-tenth from its season finale back in April, but obviously down from how it was performing this time last year (back when it didn’t have to directly compete with CBS’ comedies).

“Superstore” returned with a 0.9, similarly up from its season finale earlier this year (0.8), but down four-tenths from its season 3 premiere (1.3). “The Good Place” followed its “Superstore” lead-in with a 0.9 as well, falling a tenth from its hour-long premiere the week before. The time-period premiere of “I Feel Bad” raked in a 0.7, losing two-tenths and over a million viewers from its “Will & Grace” lead-in, while “Law & Order: SVU” (1.0) won the 10 p.m. hour, despite falling a tenth week-to-week.

FOX easily won the night again, with its broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Colts and the Patriots scoring a preliminary 3.0 average and 9.58 million viewers, three-tenths lower than the preliminary ratings for last week’s “TNF” broadcast.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.6) experienced a predictable post-premiere drop with its second week, down three-tenths from its premiere’s 1.9, while “How to Get Away with Murder” scored a 0.8 for the second week in a row. The season 2 premiere of “Station 19,” however, lost five-tenths of its “Grey’s” lead-in and posted a 1.1, up a tenth from its season finale in May, and even with its first season average.

Elsewhere, it was a fairly strong night for CBS, starting with “The Big Bang Theory,” (2.2) which was steady with what it had scored a week ago, as was “Mom” (1.3). Additionally, “Young Sheldon” (1.8) managed to tick up two-tenths from last Thursday, while “Murphy Brown” (1.0) lost only a tenth in its second week. “S.W.A.T.” (0.7) stayed low.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/13 1.3/6 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.58 8.59 4.94 3.38 0.54


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

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.5/5

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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