Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 1.0/4 4.43
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.85
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.37
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.5/2 5.44
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.67
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.49
9 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.5/2 5.04
The Gifted (FOX) 0.5/2 1.74
This is Us (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.28
Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.19
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.90
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.86
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.40
The Rookie (ABC) – R 0.3/1 2.08
New Amsterdam (NBC) – R 0.3/1 2.04


FOX was the only network to air original primetime programming Tuesday night, as it brought back both of its Tuesday shows, but flipped their time slots.

“Lethal Weapon” aired an hour earlier than it usually does, and scored a 0.7, even with its last episode. “The Gifted,” however, followed it at 9 p.m. by falling two-tenths and hitting a new series low 0.5. Despite this, FOX still tied with NBC for the no. 1 spot of the night in 18-49.

Elsewhere, an 8 p.m. “Ellen’s Game of Games” rerun on NBC won the night with a 1.0. Meanwhile, an encore episode of ABC’s “The Conners” (0.7) tied with “Lethal Weapon” as the night’s second-highest rated broadcast.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 2.92 2.55 4.96 2.43 0.78


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.2/3

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/1, 1.7/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.2/3

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

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

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