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

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) – R 1.2/6 7.19
The Conners (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.57
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 7.08
The Gifted (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.73
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (The CW) – S 0.3/1 1.26
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.06
9 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.7/8 9.84
FBI (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.55
Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.39
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.02
Greatest Holiday Video Countdown (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.96
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.58
The Rookie (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.17


NBC scored an easy win in the Tuesday primetime ratings this week, as most of the other networks took the night off.

The season finale of “The Voice” led the ratings with a 1.7 in adults 18-49, up three-tenths from last Tuesday, but no quite on par with the 2.0 its fall finale had scored a year ago. At 8 p.m., NBC’s special, pre-finale “Voice” recap show scored a 1.2 with 7.19 million viewers as well.

On the CW, back-to-back “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown” and “Greatest Holiday Video Countdown” specials filled out the night for the network with 0.3 and 0.2s, respectively.

Elsewhere, ABC, CBS, and FOX all aired repeats throughout the night.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.3/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.95 5.74 2.72 1.38 0.97


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/5, 2.6/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5


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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