Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, September 13, 2018

Note: Local NFL pre-emptions on NBC and CBS will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.2/5 6.77
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.9/5 5.25
The Good Place (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.64
MasterChef (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.85
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.41
The Good Place (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.09
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.7/7 5.99
Match Game (ABC) – F 0.8/4 4.30
The Good Place (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.23
The Gifted (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.51
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.46
9:30 p.m. The Good Place (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.01
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.34
Take Two (ABC) – F 0.5/2 2.94
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.24


CBS’ “Big Brother” was easily the highest-rated broadcast Thursday night with a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, not only up two-tenths from the 1.5 it had scored last Thursday, but also tying its previous season high. However, due to local NFL pre-emptions on the network, its possible that “Big Brother” could adjust down slightly in the finals later today.

Coming off a “Celebrity Family Feud” encore lead-in at the top of the night, the season finale of ABC’s “Match Game” posted a solid 0.8, marking a new season high for itself. Also on ABC, the “Take Two” (0.5) season finale had its best numbers in both adults 18-49 and total viewers (0.5, 2.94 million) since Aug. 9.

All of the night’s other broadcasts were reruns.

In the network race, “Big Brother” helped to secure CBS the no. 1 spot of the night with a 1.2 overall 18-49 rating and 5.63 million total viewers. ABC came second with a 0.7, while NBC (0.5) and FOX (0.5) tied for third and The CW (0.2) stayed in last place.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.63 4.16 2.24 1.68 0.63


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“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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