Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Note: Live news coverage on NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – P 1.5/6 6.51
The Conners (ABC) 1.4/6 6.88
NCIS (CBS) 1.2/5 11.70
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.28
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 1.0/4 4.72
9 p.m. Presidential Address (NBC) – S 1.7/7 7.03
Presidential Address (CBS) – S 0.9/4 8.04
Presidential Address (ABC) (9-9:20 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 4.43
Presidential Address (FOX) – S 0.8/3 2.56
EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Classic (The CW) – S 0.1/1 0.40
9:30 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 1.4/6 5.49
Black-ish (ABC) (9:20-9:50 p.m.) 0.7/3 3.28
The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.82
The Gifted (FOX) 0.5/2 1.82
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.0/4 5.33
Splitting Up Together (ABC) (9:50-10:20 p.m.) 0.7/3 3.78
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.54
10:30 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) (10:20-11:20 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.57


Excluding the night’s news coverage, the season 2 premiere of “Ellen’s Game of Games” scored the no. 1  spot in the primetime ratings Tuesday, with a 1.5 in adults 18-49 and 6.51 million viewers. However, while it was the highest-rated original broadcast of the night and put up some strong numbers, “Game of Games” was down from both its first season’s 2.0 average and the 1.9 that its first season finale had scored last February.

It was followed by NBC’s coverage of President Trump’s Oval Office address, which delayed and scrambled the night’s primetime lineups across the board. All of the big 4 networks aired coverage of the presidential address, with NBC coming out on top in 18-49 with a 1.7. CBS had the most-watched coverage of the address with 8.04 million viewers, but tied with ABC for second in the demo with matching 0.9s. FOX (0.8) came last.

NBC rounded out its night with a partial “Game of Games” rerun (1.4) immediately following the presidential address, and the return of “New Amsterdam” at 10 p.m., which posted a series low 1.0, down a tenth from its last episode in November.

On ABC, “The Conners” (1.4) returned steady with its fall finale last year, while “The Kids Are Alright” (1.0) ticked back up a tenth. After being delayed by the night’s news coverage, both “Black-ish” (0.7) and “The Rookie” (0.6) fell a tenth or two from their fall finales. “Splitting Up Together” (0.7) managed to stay even.

FOX’s “Lethal Weapon” (0.7) and “The Gifted” (0.5) each matched their episodes from a week ago, despite the break for news coverage in between their broadcasts. Elsewhere, CBS aired only one original broadcast of the night, with “NCIS” (1.2) returning down a tenth from its last episode.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.83 4.44 7.86 2.75 0.59


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.0/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/7

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4


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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