Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, September 4, 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.) 1.8/8 10.61
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/4 3.91
Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.7/3 2.15
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.94
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.71
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.77
Love Connection (FOX) 0.4/2 1.50
The Outpost (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.65
10 p.m. Making It (NBC) – F 0.8/4 3.76
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.41
Castaways (ABC) 0.5/2 2.17


NBC easily continued its dominance over the Tuesday night ratings this week, despite both of its primetime shows tying their own respective season lows.

“America’s Got Talent” won the night with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, even with its preliminary rating last week, but down a tenth from its 1.9 final. The series raked in almost double the total viewers (10.61 million) of any of the night’s other broadcasts, with CBS’ “NCIS” (5.94 million) scoring the second-largest audience of the night.

Meanwhile, “Making It” rounded out its first season by maintaining the same 0.8 as it had scored a week ago. This was down a tenth from the show’s overall 0.9 season average. It currently ranks as the no. 2 new show of the summer, just behind FOX’s “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” (1.0).

Just like it did the Monday night before, ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” was down week-to-week from the 1.1 it had scored last Tuesday to a 1.0 this time around – tying its previous season low. “Castaways” rounded out the night for the network, steady with another 0.5.

After taking the past few weeks off, both FOX’s “Beat Shazam” (0.7) and “Love Connection” (0.4) returned and were even with their last episodes.

Unsurprisingly, NBC held onto the no. 1 spot of the night among the Big 4 networks with a 1.5 overall rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.33 million total viewers. ABC came second with a 0.8, followed by CBS and FOX, which tied for third with matching 0.6s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.33 3.33 5.04 1.82 0.68


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”:0.3/2, 1.0/4

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