“The Big Bang Theory” rose to the top of the broadcast live +3 ratings for the week of April 29.

In the adults 18-49 demo, the long-running CBS comedy rose one whole point from its initial 1.9 L+SD rating to a 2.9 (+1.0, +53%) with three days of delayed viewing. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” also grew by 1.0 in the demo, but came up short of “Big Bang” with a 2.4 (+71%) L+3 rating.

“Big Bang Theory” also led the week in total viewers, with delayed viewing bringing its L+3 audience up to 15.75 million (+3.27 million, +26%). “NCIS” came second with 14.4 million viewers (+2.67 million, +23%).

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for April 29 – May 5, 2019

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 2.9 1.0 53%
2 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.4 1.0 71%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ON ABC – S ABC 2.3 0.0 0%
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S NBC 2.3 0.2 10%
5 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 2.0 0.5 33%
6 911 FOX 1.9 0.8 73%
STATION 19 ABC 1.9 0.7 58%
SURVIVOR CBS 1.9 0.4 27%
9 MODERN FAMILY ABC 1.7 0.7 70%
10 NCIS CBS 1.6 0.5 45%
11 EMPIRE FOX 1.5 0.4 36%
LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 1.5 0.7 88%
MOM CBS 1.5 0.4 36%
NEW AMSTERDAM NBC 1.5 0.7 88%
15 THE VOICE NBC 1.4 0.2 17%
AMERICAN IDOL ABC 1.4 0.2 17%
17 THE AMAZING RACE CBS 1.3 0.4 44%
THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.3 0.3 30%
THE RESIDENT FOX 1.3 0.4 44%
SUPERSTORE NBC 1.3 0.4 44%
S.W.A.T. CBS 1.3 0.6 86%
FBI CBS 1.3 0.4 44%
23 STAR FOX 1.2 0.3 33%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 1.2 0.5 71%
NHL PLAYOFFS R2 – S NBC 1.2 0.0 0%
LAST MAN STANDING FOX 1.2 0.4 50%

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for April 29 – May 5, 2019

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s)
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 15,752 3,265 26%
2 NCIS CBS 14,403 2,673 23%
3 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 13,165 2,428 23%
4 BLUE BLOODS CBS 11,760 3,626 45%
5 FBI CBS 11,458 2,590 29%
6 BULL CBS 9,921 3,466 54%
7 MOM CBS 9,687 1,795 23%
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 9,646 2,482 35%
9 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9,506 2,540 36%
10 SURVIVOR CBS 8,931 1,584 22%
11 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 8,909 2,152 32%
12 NEW AMSTERDAM NBC 8,815 3,572 68%
13 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S NBC 8,807 788 10%
14 STATION 19 ABC 8,609 2,211 35%
15 911 FOX 8,574 3,081 56%
16 AMERICAN IDOL ABC 8,540 1,050 14%
17 THE VOICE NBC 8,411 1,168 16%
18 60 MINUTES CBS 7,928 329 4%
19 S.W.A.T. CBS 7,587 2,586 52%
20 THE VOICE – TUE NBC 7,422 1,087 17%
21 SEAL TEAM CBS 7,332 2,638 56%
22 NBA PLAYOFFS ON ABC – S ABC 7,311 57 1%
23 THE RESIDENT FOX 7,092 1,929 37%
24 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 6,948 1,995 40%
25 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 6,885 1,304 23%

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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