Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.8/8 9.02
2018 American Music Awards (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.8/8 6.55
NCIS (CBS) 1.4/6 12.16
The Flash (The CW) – P 0.8/3 2.06
The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/3 2.05
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.3/9 8.82
FBI (CBS) 1.0/4 9.11
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 2.95
Black Lightning (The CW) – P 0.4/2 1.20
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.4/6 7.10
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.9/4 7.93

 

The CW kicked off its 2018-19 season last night, with a lineup of back-to-back superhero returns.

First up was “The Flash” at 8 p.m. with a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49, down three-tenths from the 1.1 its season 4 premiere had scored last year, but even with its 2017-18 season average. “Black Lightning,” meanwhile, hit a series low 0.4 with its season 2 premiere, down from both its series premiere (0.8) and its first season finale (0.5).

Airing earlier than it normally does and on a different night, ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards scored a 1.8 average rating, tying for the no. 2 spot of the night in the demo but down about 25% from the 2.4 of the 2017 show. It would have won the 8 p.m. hour though, had it not been for “The Voice,” which not only matched the 1.8 it had scored last Tuesday, but also beat the AMAs in total viewers (9.02 vs. 6.55 million).

Even despite facing more competition as well, NBC’s Tuesday night lineup showed a strong overall ratings hold week-to-week. “The Voice” was even, while “This is Us” (2.3) and “New Amsterdam” (1.4) only fell a tenth of a point each, with the former still holding onto the no. 1 spot of the night.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “The Gifted” matched its 0.7 from a week ago, but “Lethal Weapon” was down from its previous 0.8 to a 0.7 this time around. On CBS, “NCIS” was steady with another 1.4 as well, while “FBI” ticked down two-tenths to a 1.0 and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.9) dipped a tenth.

Network averages:

NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/8 1.8/8 1.1/5 0.7/3 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.31 6.55 9.73 2.50 1.63

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.3/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 2.1/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

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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