Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Conners (ABC) – P 2.3/10 10.46
The Voice (NBC) 1.7/7 8.82
NCIS (CBS) 1.2/5 11.68
The Gifted (FOX) 0.6/3 1.95
The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.64
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – P 1.4/6 6.58
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.2/9 8.86
Black-ish (ABC) – P 1.1/5 4.53
FBI (CBS) 1.0/5 9.39
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 2.91
Black Lightning (The CW) 0.3/1 1.04
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – P 1.0/5 3.73
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.2/5 6.38
The Rookie (ABC) – P 1.0/5 5.38
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/3 7.38


The series premiere of ABC’s “Roseanne” spin-off, “The Conners,” took the no. 1 spot in the Tuesday night ratings, scoring a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.46 million viewers. While this led the night, however, it was (predictably) well below the massive 5.2 that the premiere of the “Roseanne” revival scored earlier this year, and couldn’t match the 2.5 that the revival’s finale – its lowest-rated episode – posted either.

Still, “The Conners” now ranks as the season’s highest-rated series debut, beating out NBC’s “Manifest” for the top spot. It was followed by the series premiere of “The Kids Are Alright” at 8:30 p.m., which scored a solid 1.4 in the demo, making it the second highest-rated freshman comedy premiere this year, behind only “The Conners.” “Black-ish” (1.1) returned down a tenth from its May season finale, while “Splitting Up Together” (1.0) returned even with its first season finale.

Rounding out the night for ABC, the series premiere of the Nathan Fillion-led “The Rookie” posted a 1.0 with 5.38 million viewers at 10 p.m., retaining 100% of its “Splitting Up” lead-in, and tying the “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” premiere in the same time slot last year.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “The Gifted” fell to a series low 0.6, while “Lethal Weapon” maintained its previous 0.7.  NBC’s “The Voice” (1.7) was down a tenth from last Tuesday, as was “This is Us” (2.2). “New Amsterdam” also had another ratings slip, falling from a 1.4 to a 1.2 this week.

CBS’ “NCIS” (1.2) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.8) were both down slightly week-to-week as well, while “FBI” (1.0) remained steady. On the CW, “The Flash” fell two-tenths from its season premiere’s 0.8 last week to a 0.6 this time around. “Black Lightning” (0.3) was similarly down a tenth in its second week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.3/5 1.0/5 0.7/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.02 6.13 9.48 2.43 1.34


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.8/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 0.9/4

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

: 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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