Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Note: A live MLB broadcast on FOX will likely result in greater adjustments for the network than usual in the finals later today.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 2019 World Series: Game 1 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) – S 2.9/14 11.58
The Voice (NBC) 1.3/6 7.95
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 1.2/6 4.96
NCIS (CBS) 1.1/5 11.03
The Flash (The CW) 0.5/3 1.40
8:30 p.m. Toy Story of Terror! (ABC) – S 1.0/4 3.70
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 1.6/7 7.03
FBI (CBS) 0.8/4 8.82
mixed-ish (ABC) 0.7/3 3.09
Arrow (The CW) 0.3/2 0.78
9:30 p.m. black-ish (ABC) 0.7/3 2.73
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 0.9/4 5.18
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.7/4 6.72
The Douglas Dynasty (ABC) – S 0.5/2 3.01


The first game of this year’s World Series carried FOX to a predictable primetime ratings win Tuesday night.

Pending updates, FOX’s broadcast of the Astros vs. Nationals game topped the night with a 2.9 average rating among adults 18-49 and 11.58 million viewers. While that makes the game easily the night’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast, it is down a bit from the preliminary 3.4 rating and 12.62 million viewer audience that last year’s World Series opener scored on FOX, which later adjusted up to a 3.7 with 13.76 million viewers.

Elsewhere, NBC’s primetime lineup performed well against the MLB game. “The Voice” matched its 1.3 rating from a week ago, while “This is Us” (1.6) and “New Amsterdam” (0.9) each ticked up one-tenth from their last outings. “This is Us” remained the night’s no. 1 scripted show in the 18-49 demo.

On CBS, “NCIS” (1.1) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.7) both held steady week-to-week as well, with the former raking in the largest audience of any of the night’s non-sports broadcasts (11.03 million viewers). “FBI,” however, slipped from its previous 0.9 to a 0.8.

Meanwhile, ABC filled its 8 p.m. hour with its annual “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1.2) and “Toy Story of Terror!” (1.0) holiday broadcasts. “mixed-ish” and “black-ish” followed the holiday specials with matching 0.7s, up one-tenth from their 0.6s last Tuesday. At 10 p.m., “The Douglas Dynasty” news special raked in a 0.5 with 3.01 million viewers for the network.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “The Flash” (0.5) and “Arrow” (0.3) both stayed even with their ratings from last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/14 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 11.58 6.72 8.86 3.42 1.09



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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