Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.4/6 6.09
NCIS (CBS) 1.2/6 12.67
American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.37
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.8/4 3.28
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.68
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 0.7/3 3.41
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 1.8/8 7.56
FBI (CBS) 0.9/4 9.04
Black-ish (ABC) 0.7/3 2.89
The Gifted (FOX) 0.5/2 1.62
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.63
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.6/3 2.42
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.0/5 5.61
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/4 6.99
The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.54


“Lethal Weapon” posted a 4-month high for itself in the Tuesday primetime ratings this week.

The FOX series scored a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 last night, not only up a tenth from its 0.7 last week, but also marking the show’s highest-rated episode since Oct. 2 and tying its season high in the demo. However, despite “Lethal Weapon’s” improved performance, “The Gifted” followed it with another low 0.5.

Elsewhere, it was NBC’s “This is Us” that took the night’s no. 1 spot in the demo, and climbed back up from its previous 1.7 to a 1.8. Its lead-in, “Ellen’s Game of Games” went the other way, slipping from a 1.5 to a 1.4, while “New Amsterdam” rounded out the night for NBC with the same 1.0 it had scored a week ago.

On ABC, “American Housewife” (0.9), “The Kids Are Alright” (0.7), “Splitting Up Together” (0.6), and “The Rookie” (0.6) all stayed steady. “Black-ish” was the network’s only show of the night to decline week-to-week, down from its last episode’s 0.8 to a 0.7.

It was a similar story for CBS, as both “NCIS”  (1.2) and “FBI” (0.9) fell a tenth or two, but “NCIS: New Orleans” maintained a 0.8. Meanwhile, the CW took the night off with “The Flash” and “Roswell, New Mexico” repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.42 9.57 3.36 2.45 0.66


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 3.2/9

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

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

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


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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