Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.5/6 6.01
NCIS (CBS) 1.3/6 13.24
American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.26
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.17
The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.71
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 0.7/3 3.20
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 1.7/7 7.33
FBI (CBS) 1.0/4 9.43
Black-ish (ABC) 0.8/3 3.12
The Gifted (FOX) 0.5/2 1.59
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) 0.3/1 1.15
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.6/3 2.62
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.0/4 5.76
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/3 7.15
The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.59


“This is Us” returned from a 2-week break, and was Tuesday night’s highest-rated primetime broadcast, despite falling to a new series low.

The NBC drama scored a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, down two-tenths from its last episode and marking a new all-time low for the series in the demo. Its lead-in, “Ellen’s Game of Games,” rebounded slightly from its 1.4 a week ago to a 1.5 this time around, while “New Amsterdam” stayed even with another 1.0. All three shows led their respective hours, giving NBC a dominant Tuesday night over the other networks in the demo.

On ABC, “American Housewife” inched up from its 0.8 last Monday to a 0.9 this week, while “The Kids Are Alright” (0.7), “Splitting Up Together” (0.6), and “Black-ish” (0.8) all matched their previous episodes. “The Rookie” (0.6), however, ticked down a tenth, tying its series low,

CBS’ “NCIS” returned with a season high 13.24 million viewers, and maintained a 1.3 in the demo. “FBI” ticked back up from its last episode’s series low 0.8 to a 1.0, and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.8) held steady.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” (0.7) and “The Gifted” (0.5) both returned even with their last outings. Rounding out the night, The CW’s “The Flash” broke its recent 0.7 streak, slipping to a 0.6, and “Roswell, New Mexico” posted its third straight 0.3.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.37 9.94 3.40 2.38 1.43


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“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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