Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – F 1.2/6 11.94
MasterChef Junior (FOX) 0.8/4 2.88
American Housewife (ABC) – F 0.7/4 3.64
The Village (NBC) – F 0.6/3 4.25
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.74
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – F 0.6/3 2.96
9 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.1/5 7.38
Black-ish (ABC) – F 0.7/3 2.92
Blood & Treasure (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – P 0.6/3 5.68
Mental Samurai (FOX) – F 0.5/2 1.63
The 100 (The CW) 0.2/1 0.78
9:30 p.m. Bless This Mess (ABC) – F 0.6/3 2.81
10 p.m. 1969 (ABC) 0.4/2 1.93


A small uptick gave “NCIS” the demo win in the Tuesday primetime ratings this week.

The season finale of the long-running CBS drama was the night’s no. 1 broadcast in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, posting a 1.2 rating with 11.94 million viewers, up from the 1.1 and 11.7 million viewers it scored last Tuesday. The episode’s 1.2 does, however, make it the lowest-rated “NCIS” finale to date.

Following “NCIS” was the 2-hour premiere of “Blood & Treasure,” which grabbed a 0.6 average rating with 5.68 million viewers for CBS.

Similar to “NCIS,” NBC’s “The Voice” finished off its season with a 1.1 rating and 7.38 million viewers, up slightly from its 1.0 and 6.56 million viewers last week, but down from the 1.5 that its spring finale scored a year ago. Airing before “The Voice,” the season finale of “The Village” stayed even with another 0.6.

Elsewhere, it was a night of finales for ABC as well, starting with “American Housewife,” which wrapped up its season by ticking down from a 0.8 to a 0.7. “Black-ish” went the other way, climbing up one-tenth to a 0.8, while “1969” also ticked up from a 0.3 to a 0.4. With their season and series finales, respectively, “Bless This Mess” and “The Kids Are Alright” both matched their 0.6 ratings from a week ago.

On FOX, “MasterChef Junior” ticked up from its previous 0.7 to a 0.8, tying its season high in the demo, and the season finale of “Mental Samurai” rose from its penultimate episode’s 0.4 to a 0.5 this week.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “The 100” fell from a 0.3 to its first 0.2 this year, with only a “Flash” repeat (0.2) as its lead-in.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.34 7.77 2.69 2.25 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.9/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.7/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

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

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4


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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