Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.4/7 8.84
The Conners (ABC) 1.3/6 6.63
NCIS (CBS) 1.2/5 11.84
The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/3 2.06
The Flash (The CW) 0.7/3 1.76
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 0.8/3 4.33
9 p.m. FBI (CBS) 1.0/5 9.63
A Saturday Night Live Christmas (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.0/5 4.10
Black-ish (ABC) 0.8/3 3.54
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 2.86
Black Lightning (The CW) 0.3/1 0.99
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.6/3 2.79
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/3 8.25
The Rookie (ABC) 0.7/3 4.17


It was either a steady or down night for most of the Tuesday primetime shows this week.

Without “New Amsterdam” or “This is Us,” NBC still won the night, but was noticeably down from a week ago. “The Voice” kicked things off with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, a tenth less than what it had scored last Tuesday. It was followed by a 2-hour “Saturday Night Live” Christmas special, which posted a 1.0 with 4.10 million viewers, down two-tenths from last year’s “SNL” special.

After taking last week off, “NCIS” (1.2), “FBI” (1.0), and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.8) all returned even with their previous episodes. FOX’s “The Gifted” (0.7) and “Lethal Weapon” (0.7) both held steady week-to-week as well.

It was a down night for ABC, however, as “The Conners” (1.3), “The Kids Are Alright” (0.8), “Black-ish” (0.8), “Splitting Up Together” (0.6), and “The Rookie” (0.7) each fell a tenth. The CW’s “The Flash” was the only show of the night to tick up, rising from its previous 0.6 to a 0.7, while “Black Lightning” maintained a 0.3.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.68 9.91 4.27 2.46 1.37


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/4, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 3.3/9

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.4/5


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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