Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.2/10 12.78
Beat Shazam (FOX) – F 0.8/3 2.35
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 6.04
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.30
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.04
8:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.56
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.48
Love Connection (FOX) – F 0.5/2 1.82
black-ish (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.50
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.09
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.26
10 p.m. Paley Center Salutes This is Us (NBC) – S 0.9/4 4.80
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.92
Castaways (ABC) – F 0.3/1 1.60


“America’s Got Talent” remained the highest-rated Tuesday night primetime show, and experienced a significant uptick in the ratings from week-to-week.

The NBC reality competition series hit a 3-month high last night with a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49, not only up three-tenths from what it had scored last Tuesday, but also its best episode in the demo since early June. It was also, easily the most-watched broadcast of the night with 12.78 million viewers. The network’s “The Paley Center Salutes This is Us” special closed out the night with a 0.9.

It was a solid night for FOX as well, starting with the season finale of “Beat Shazam” scoring a 0.8, tying its season high in the demo. It was followed up by the season finale of “Love Connection,” which managed to tick up one-tenth from the 0.4 it had scored a week ago to a 0.5 this time around.

Elsewhere, the finale of ABC’s “Castaways” posted a 0.3 with 1.60 million viewers, even with both its previous episode and its season low. All of the night’s other broadcasts were reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/8 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.12 2.08 5.48 1.64 1.06


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/4, 1.9/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 2.4/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 1.1/4

: 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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