Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, September 19, 2019

Note: FOX’s live MLB broadcast and a local NFL preemption on ABC may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals later today.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.8/5 4.68
MLB Baseball (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 0.7/3 3.06
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/4 4.45
Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event (NBC) – S 0.4/2 2.83
The Outpost (The CW) 0.2/1 1.25
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/4 4.56
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.1/6 4.41
The Last Days of Phil Hartman (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.7/4 3.93
The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place (NBC) – S 0.2/1 1.34
Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW) – F 0.2/1 0.86
10 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.56
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.2/2 1.67

 

“Big Brother” returned to the top of the Thursday primetime ratings, despite taking a small hit week-to-week.

The CBS reality-competition series led the night with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, down just a tenth from its 1.2 last Thursday. Pending updates, however, its 4.41 million viewer audience is only the fourth-largest of the night.

Elsewhere, ABC topped the night’s 8 p.m. hour with a “Celebrity Family Feud” rerun (0.8, 4.68 million viewers), though its high numbers are likely the result of an NFL broadcast on the network’s Jacksonville station. “The Last Days of Phil Hartman” special followed the “Family Feud” rerun with a 0.7 average rating and 3.93 million viewers.

FOX landed high in the night’s preliminary ratings as well, with its regional MLB Baseball coverage averaging a 0.7 rating and 3.06 million viewers, up a bit from the 0.4 and 1.75 million viewers that the network’s baseball broadcast scored a week ago. The broadcast is expected to adjust a bit in the finals later today.

On NBC, a “Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event” special raked in only a 0.4 and 2.83 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. The network’s 9 p.m. “Paley Center Salutes The Good Place” special scored lower with a 0.2 and 1.34 million viewers.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “The Outpost” (0.2) and “Two Sentence Horror Stories” are both currently up one-tenth from their last outings.

Network averages:

ABC CBS FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.7/4 0.7/4 0.7/3 0.3/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.18 3.82 3.06 1.95 1.06

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.1/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.2/3, 0.9/4

1:35 a.m.

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh”: 0.2/2, 0.6/3

Definitions:

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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