Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.7/8 6.35
NCIS (CBS) 1.3/6 12.10
The Conners (ABC) 1.3/6 6.65
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.20
The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.68
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 0.8/4 4.26
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.0/8 7.70
FBI (CBS) 1.0/5 9.33
Black-ish (ABC) 0.8/4 3.33
The Gifted (FOX) 0.5/2 1.68
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) – P 0.4/2 1.54
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.7/3 2.64
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.1/5 5.67
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/4 7.26
The Rookie (ABC) 0.7/3 3.81


It was a night of upticks for NBC, as the network won every primetime hour in the adults 18-49 demo.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” kicked things off with a 1.7 rating, up two-tenths from its season premiere a week ago. “New Amsterdam” similarly inched up from its previous 1.0 to a 1.1, while “This is Us” returned at 9 p.m. to win the night with a 2.0, just a tenth below its fall finale last November.

CBS’ “NCIS” ticked up from a 1.2 to a 1.3 this week as well. It was followed by the return of “FBI” (1.0), which matched its fall finale in the demo, as did “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.8). On FOX, “Lethal Weapon” maintained a 0.7 yet again, but the same could not be said for “The Gifted,” as the sophomore series ticked back down a tenth to a 0.5.

Meanwhile, it was a mixed bag for ABC, with “The Conners” (1.3) and “The Kids Are Alright” (0.8) both taking hits, but “Black-ish” (0.8) and “Splitting Up Together” (0.7) holding steady with their episodes last Tuesday. “The Rookie” rounded out the night for the network, and inched up from a 0.6 to a 0.7.

On the CW, “The Flash” (0.6) returned from its winter hiatus too, down a tenth from its last episode. Meanwhile, the series premiere of “Roswell, New Mexico” took “Black Lightning’s” post-“Flash” time slot, and got off to a OK start on the network.

The rookie series scored a 0.4 with 1.54 million viewers, making it the CW’s second highest-rated series premiere of the season so far, behind only “Charmed.” That puts it on par, and possibly slightly above, how “Black Lightning” had been performing in its time slot this past fall.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.57 9.56 4.08 2.44 1.61


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/4, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.9/8

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5


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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