Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) 1.0/6 11.23
The Conners (ABC) 1.0/5 5.41
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.0/5 4.70
The Resident (FOX) 0.7/4 3.98
Arrow (The CW) 0.3/2 0.92
8:30 p.m. Bless This Mess (ABC) 0.6/3 3.28
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 1.4/7 6.50
FBI (CBS) 0.9/4 9.20
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 0.6/3 2.12
Mixed-ish (ABC) 0.5/3 2.37
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.2/1 0.72
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) 0.5/2 2.23
10 p.m. FBI: Most Wanted (CBS) 0.7/4 6.55
New Amsterdam (NBC) 0.7/4 4.70
Emergence (ABC) 0.3/2 1.98


It was another fairly strong Tuesday night for both NBC and CBS this week.

NBC’s “This is Us” led the night’s demo rankings with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, down just a tenth from its 1.5 final rating last week, and raked in a solid 6.5 million viewer audience for itself. “New Amsterdam” (0.7) similarly fell one-tenth week-to-week, while “Ellen’s Game of Games” held steady with the same 1.0 rating as its last episode.

On CBS, “NCIS” matched its 1.0 from a week ago – tying for night’s second-highest 18-49 rating – and raked in the night’s largest audience (11.23 million viewers). “FBI” followed it by ticking up from its previous outing’s 0.8 rating to a 0.9 this week. “FBI: Most Wanted” went the other way, slipping from a 0.8 to a 0.7.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Conners” returned from its winter break with a 1.0, down from its last outing’s 1.1, while “Bless This Mess” (0.6) returned steady. At 9 p.m., “Mixed-ish” dropped from a 0.7 to a 0.5. “Black-ish” (0.5) and “Emergence” (0.3) both stayed even week-to-week.

FOX’s “The Resident” (0.7) and “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (0.6) posted the same ratings as their last episodes as well. The CW’s “Arrow” (0.3) and “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.2) both predictably dropped from their crossover-boosted ratings last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.9/5 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.30 8.99 3.05 2.87 0.82



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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