Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Note: A live sports broadcast on ABC will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NBA Basketball (ABC) (8-10:30 p.m.) 2.1/10 6.39
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.03
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.4/2 4.41
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.48
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – R 0.2/1 0.85
8:30 p.m. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) – R 0.9/4 3.17
9 p.m. God Friended Me (CBS) – R 0.3/1 3.01
The Gifted (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.96
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.59
10 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.36
10:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 1.0/5 3.28


ABC took an easy win over the other networks Christmas night.

Pending updates, the network’s live broadcast of the Lakers vs. Warriors NBA game scored a 2.1 average rating in adults 18-49 with 6.39 million viewers, easily beating all of its primetime competition by more than a whole point. This was also up three-tenths from the 1.8 that the network’s Christmas night NBA broadcast had scored in 2017.

A “Black-ish” repeat followed it on ABC at 10:30 p.m., which placed second in the night with a 1.0. Elsewhere, NBC kicked off its primetime night with another broadcast of the animated “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (0.7). It led into a broadcast of the Jim Carrey-led “Grinch,” which posted a 0.9 average with 3.17 million viewers, down from the 1.3 it had scored a year ago.

All of the night’s other broadcasts were, unsurprisingly, repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/9 0.8/3 0.4/2 0.2/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.87 3.14 3.59 1.22 0.79


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.7/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.8/3


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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