Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.6/7 7.04
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2019 (CBS) – S 1.0/4 7.92
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.27
The Masked Singer (FOX) – R 0.6/3 2.12
The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 2.01
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.49
9 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.7/7 6.97
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 6.54
Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.32
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) 0.3/1 1.29
The Passage (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.20
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.94
10 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 1.2/6 4.87
FBI (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.38
The Rookie (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.39


“Ellen’s Game of Games” ruled over the Tuesday primetime ratings this week, as most of the night’s other shows chose to air repeats.

The NBC game show won the night, starting with its first episode at 8 p.m., which scored a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, even with its episode last Tuesday. Another new “Game of Games” episode aired immediately after it, and improved on its lead-in with a 1.7, tying its previous season high in the demo. NBC capped off its night with a “Game of Games” rerun (1.2).

Elsewhere, it was a night of small slips for the CW. “The Flash” posted a 0.6, down a tenth from its 0.7 final a week ago, while “Roswell, New Mexico” took its first 18-49 hit of the season so far, and inched down from its previous 0.4 to a 0.3.

CBS aired its annual “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” special, which came in down from the 1.1 it scored last year to a 1.0 this time around. The network aired only repeats after that, as FOX and ABC both took the entire night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/7 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.29 6.61 2.48 1.66 1.65


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 3.1/9

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“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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