Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 2.1/9 9.80
NCIS (CBS) – P 1.4/6 12.39
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/4 6.49
The Gifted (FOX) – P 0.9/4 2.63
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.58
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) – P 2.9/12 10.40
FBI (CBS) – P 1.3/5 10.08
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – P 0.8/3 3.45
The Outpost (The CW) 0.2/1 0.58
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) – P 1.9/9 8.44
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – P 1.0/5 8.93
20/20 (ABC) 0.5/2 2.65

 

The first Tuesday of the new TV season was slightly more balanced than Monday night, but the network rankings still came out the same.

NBC dominated yet again, winning all three of the night’s primetime hours in the adults 18-49 demo, starting with the Tuesday premiere of “The Voice” at 8 p.m., which scored a 2.1 rating and 9.80 million viewers, a slight uptick from its Monday premiere, but down six-tenths from its Tuesday debut last Fall.

The season 3 premiere of “This is Us” was unsurprisingly the highest-rated broadcast of the night with a 2.9 and 10.40 million viewers, which despite being down a full point from its series-high premiere last year (3.9), marked a solid return for the NBC drama and was its highest-rated episode since Oct. 17.

The series premiere of the new medical drama, “New Amsterdam,” rounded out the night on the network – scoring an impressive 1.9. While not quite as noteworthy as the numbers that the “Manifest” premiered pulled in the same time slot the night before, but it was nonetheless another strong series debut on the network – beating the combined ratings of its ABC and CBS competition in the hour.

Elsewhere, CBS’ Tuesday night lineup had a fairly better start than its Monday shows did the night before. “NCIS” returned with a 1.4, down two-tenths from its premiere last year but even with its previous season average, while the series premiere of “FBI” maintained most of the audience of its “NCIS” lead-in, raking in a solid a 1.3 and 10.08 million viewers – beating the “Magnum P.I.” premiere from Monday night in the same time slot by a tenth. “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.1) also had a fairly strong return on the network, tying its premiere last year and its season 4 average.

It wasn’t quite as strong of a night for FOX, though, with both “The Gifted” (0.9) and the newly-revamped, Seann William Scott-starring “Lethal Weapon” (0.8) returning down six and four-tenths from their premieres last year. Both shows were also down from their previous 1.0 season averages, respectively.

ABC got off to another slow start Tuesday night as well, with “Dancing with the Stars” (0.9) falling from both its Monday night debut (1.0) and its Tuesday premiere last Fall (1.2). It was followed by a new “20/20” (0.5) special, which scored significantly lower than any of its competition in the 10 p.m. hour. “The Outpost” (0.2) returned steady on the CW.

Network averages:

NBC CBS FOX ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.3/10 1.3/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.54 10.46 3.04 5.21 0.58

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/4, 2.7/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 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.

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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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