Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/9 11.01
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 3.97
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.25
Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.6/3 2.15
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.63
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.36
Love Connection (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.34
The Outpost (The CW) 0.1/1 0.56
10 p.m. Making It (NBC) 1.0/5 4.06
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.41
Castaways (ABC) 0.5/2 2.46


“America’s Got Talent” maintained its place atop the Tuesday primetime ratings yet again this week, earning a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 – even with its preliminary last Tuesday, but down a tenth from its 2.1 final. The recently-renewed “Making It” followed it with a 1.0 of its own, up a tenth from the 0.9 its previous episode had adjusted down to.

Combined, the two shows kept NBC firmly on top throughout the night, while ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.1) ticked up one-tenth from the 1.0 it had scored a week ago. “Castaways” was similarly steady with another 0.5.

On FOX, “Beat Shazam” maintained a 0.6, and “Love Connection” (0.4) took the week off. With a repeat of “The Flash” (0.2) acting as its lead-in again as well, the CW’s “The Outpost” returned from its break last week with a 0.1, even with its past few episodes.

In the network race, NBC stayed at the no. 1 spot with the same 1.7 overall average 18-49 rating it scored the week before, followed by ABC (0.9) in second again. CBS and FOX tied for third with 0.5s, with the CW (0.2) staying in last place. NBC also dominated the total viewers measure, with its 8.69 million average almost double what any of the other networks scored.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.69 3.47 4.67 1.74 0.60


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.9/3

: 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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