Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Disney Presents: The Little Mermaid Live! (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 2.6/12 8.98
The Voice (NBC) 1.3/6 8.11
NCIS (CBS) 1.0/5 10.74
The Resident (FOX) 0.7/4 3.42
The Flash (The CW) 0.4/2 1.20
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 1.3/6 6.69
FBI (CBS) 0.8/4 8.54
Empire (FOX) 0.7/4 2.49
Arrow (The CW) 0.2/1 0.62
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.7/4 6.61
New Amsterdam (NBC) 0.7/4 5.01
Emergence (ABC) 0.7/4 3.47


ABC generated some strong numbers with “The Little Mermaid Live!.”

The network’s live musical special scored a dominant victory Tuesday night with a 2.6 average rating in adults 18-49 – double what any of the night’s other primetime shows scored in the demo – and a 8.98 million viewer audience. Those numbers make “The Little Mermaid Live!” the highest-rated live TV musical event on any network since FOX’s “Grease Live!” back in January 2016, and the highest-rated entertainment broadcast on any of the networks since the series finale of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory back in May.

“Emergence” followed “The Little Mermaid Live!” with its best rating since its series premiere, as the live musical event lifted the freshman drama series up from its last episode’s 0.5 to a 0.7 with 3.47 million viewers this week.

Elsewhere, NBC’s primetime lineup faltered a bit week-to-week. “The Voice” kicked things off by ticking up from its 1.2 rating last Tuesday to a 1.3 this time around, but the same could not be said for “This is Us” (1.3) or “New Amsterdam” (0.7), both of which slipped one-tenth from their previous ratings.

On CBS, “NCIS” returned from a week off with a 1.0 rating, down a tenth from its last episode’s 1.1, but with the largest audience of any of the night’s primetime broadcasts (10.74 million). “FBI” (0.8) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.7) also returned from their one-week break, and stayed even with their most recent outings.

After taking 2 weeks off, FOX’s “The Resident” similarly returned with the same 0.7 rating as its last original broadcast. “Empire,” however, returned by slipping one-tenth from its last outing’s 0.8 to a season low 0.7. The CW’s “The Flash” (0.4) and “Arrow” (0.2) each ticked down a tenth week-to-week as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/9 1.1/5 0.8/4 0.7/4 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.14 6.61 8.63 2.96 0.91



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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