Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Note: Live coverage of the State of the Union on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings. 

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.4/7 6.40
The Masked Singer (FOX) – R 0.9/4 3.46
The World’s Best (CBS) – R 0.8/4 4.76
American Housewife (ABC) 0.8/4 4.65
The Flash (The CW) 0.7/3 1.95
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 0.8/4 3.80
9 p.m. State of the Union 2019 (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.4/7 6.23
State of the Union 2019 (FOX) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.1/5 3.83
State of the Union 2019 (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/5 5.63
State of the Union 2019 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 4.70
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) 0.4/1 1.21


Preliminary numbers for this year’s State of the Union address show a small improvement over its performance in 2018.

The President’s address raked in a combined 20.39 million viewers across all of the Big 4 networks, up from the 19.8 million that last year’s address scored. In adults 18-49, it was NBC’s coverage of the address that scored highest with a 1.4. FOX came second with a 1.1, followed by CBS (1.0) in third and ABC (0.9) in fourth.

Apart from the SOTU, a new episode of “Ellen’s Game of Games” was the night’s highest-rated, non-news broadcast. The NBC series posted a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, down two-tenths from the 1.6 it had scored last Tuesday, and marking a new season low in the demo for the series.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “American Housewife” made its return to Tuesday nights with a 0.8 and 4.65 million viewers – its lowest-rated episode of the season so far, but also its most-watched since early April 2018. Despite losing “The Conners” as its lead-in too, “The Kids Are Alright” followed “Housewife” with a 0.8, even with its previous episode.

On the CW, “The Flash” posted the same 0.7 that it adjusted up to in the finals a week ago, while “Roswell, New Mexico” ticked back up from a 0.3 to a 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/7 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.29 3.65 5.34 4.46 1.58


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.6/4, 3.2/9

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/5

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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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