Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Note: FOX’s live World Series coverage may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. 2018 World Series (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.4/14 12.62
The Conners (ABC) 1.7/7 7.93
The Voice (NBC) 1.6/7 8.24
NCIS (CBS) 1.2/5 11.14
The Flash (The CW) 0.7/3 1.82
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 1.1/5 5.14
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.1/8 8.38
FBI (CBS) 1.0/5 8.80
Black-ish (ABC) 0.9/4 3.80
Black Lightning (The CW) 0.4/2 1.23
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.7/3 2.92
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.3/5 6.41
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/3 7.13
The Rookie (ABC) 0.8/3 4.43

 

FOX’s broadcast of Game 1 of the World Series gave it an easy ratings win Tuesday night.

The Dodgers vs. Red Sox game scored a 3.4 average rating in adults 18-49 with 12.62 million viewers, up five-tenths from the 2.9 preliminary rating that last year’s opener earned. Whether or not last night’s game will adjust up high enough to beat the 2017 opener’s 3.9 final rating, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, ABC’s Tuesday shows took several big – if predictable – hits, some of which were likely exacerbated by the heavier competition of the World Series broadcast. “The Conners” (1.7) fell seven-tenths from its premiere’s 2.4 a week ago, but was ABC’s best 8 p.m. Tuesday performance against Game 1 of the World Series in five years. “The Kids Are Alright” took a similar but much smaller hit than “The Conners” in its second week, falling from its previous 1.4 to a 1.1.

“Black-ish” (0.9) was down a tenth week-to-week as well, while “Splitting Up Together” (0.7) and “The Rookie” (0.8) each fell two-tenths.

Elsewhere, it was a better night for the CW as “The Flash” (0.7) held steady, and “Black Lightning” (0.4) managed to tick up a tenth from its last episode. NBC’s “New Amsterdam” also grew from its previous 1.2 to a 1.3 this week. “The Voice” (1.6) and “This is Us” (2.1), however, both inched down a tenth.

On CBS, “NCIS” (1.2), “FBI” (1.0), and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.8) were all even with what they had scored last Tuesday.

Network averages:

FOX NBC CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.4/14 1.7/7 1.0/5 1.0/5 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 12.62 7.67 9.03 4.84 1.52

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.8/8

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

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

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

Definitions:
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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