Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

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. World Series Game 1 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.9/11 11.53
The Voice (NBC) 1.9/7 9.52
NCIS (CBS) 1.4/5 13.09
The Middle (ABC) 1.3/5 5.79
The Flash (The CW) 1.0/4 2.57
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.0/4 4.20
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.7/9 10.47
Bull (CBS) 1.2/4 10.64
Black-ish (ABC) 1.1/4 3.98
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.47
9:30 p.m. The Mayor (ABC) 0.8/3 2.96
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.1/4 9.49
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) 1.1/4 4.81
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) 0.6/2 2.87


Game 1 of the World Series gave FOX a ratings win Tuesday night, but it was down a good amount from last year’s opening game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Houston Astros scored a 10.2 household rating in overnight metered markets, down 19 percent from last year’s opener (which was juiced by the appearance of the Chicago Cubs seeking their first title since 1908). It was on par, however, with Game 1 from 2015.

The other networks suffered minor drops here and there but were mostly steady opposite the game. “This Is Us” (2.7 in adults 18-49) was off 0.1 from last week’s early rating but still led the night’s non-sports shows by a big margin. “The Voice” (1.9, -0.2) was also down for NBC, while “Law & Order True Crime” was even with last week’s early number (it adjusted down in the finals).

“NCIS,” “Bull” and “NCIS: New Orleans” all equaled last week’s ratings for CBS, as did “The Middle,” “Black-ish” and “The Mayor” on ABC. “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.0) slipped a tenth, and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (0.6) dropped two tenths.

“The Flash” rose 0.1 to a 1.0 for The CW, and “Legends of Tomorrow” held steady at 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/11 1.9/7 1.2/5 0.9/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 11.53 8.27 11.07 3.78 2.02


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

: 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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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