Norman Lear helped give ABC the highest-rated broadcast for the week of May 20.

The network’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” special took the week’s no. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.7 rating. The “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” special that followed it Wednesday night came second with a 1.4, while “The Bachelorette” (1.2) came third – securing ABC the week’s top 3 spots.

However, it was the season finale of CBS’ “NCIS” that led the week in total viewers with an 11.97 million viewer audience, followed by “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” (10.37 million) in second place.

In the network standings, ABC and NBC tied for the week’s overall 18-49 win with matching 0.7 averages, while FOX (0.6) came third and CBS (0.5) placed fourth.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season.

May 20-26 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.7/4 (1t) 0.5/3 (4) 0.2/1 (7) 0.6/3 (3) 0.7/4 (1t) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 3.87 (3) 4.33 (2) 0.61 (7) 2.50 (4) 4.35 (1) 1.13 (6) 1.26 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.2/6 (4) 1.5/7 (2t) 0.4/2 (5t) 1.5/7 (2t) 1.6/7 (1) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.60 (3) 8.87 (1) 1.33 (6) 5.32 (4) 7.18 (2) 1.21 (7) 1.38 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 20-26, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,244
2 ALL ABOUT ALL IN THE FAMILY – S ABC Weds. 9:33 PM 1.4 1,754
3 THE BACHELORETTE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,595
THE VOICE – MON NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,536
NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,482
6 THE VOICE – TUE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,382
CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,371
CHICAGO MED – F NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,360
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,236
10 CHICAGO P.D. – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,224
11 THE AMAZING RACE – S CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,061
12 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 950
BLACK-ISH – F ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 926
MONSTER ENERGY SERIES NASCAR CUP – S FOX Sun. 6:26 PM 0.7 924
BEAT SHAZAM – P FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 913
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – F ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 888
THE AMAZING RACE CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 0.7 878
THIS IS FARRAH FAWCETT – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 848
WHISKEY CAVALIER – F ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 845
21 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 832
THE ENEMY WITHIN – F NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 814
BLESS THIS MESS – F ABC Tues. 9:30 PM 0.6 809
THE CODE CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 798
LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 0.6 798
SEAL TEAM – F CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 791
MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 0.6 787
BLOOD & TREASURE – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 785
THE VILLAGE – F NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 784
MASTERCHEF FAMILY SHOWDOWN – S FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 774
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – R ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 752
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 0.6 752
DATELINE NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 719
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 0.6 718

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for May 20-26, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 11,967
2 LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 10,374
3 THE VOICE – MON NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,967
4 ALL ABOUT ALL IN THE FAMILY – S ABC Weds. 9:33 PM 7,669
5 CHICAGO MED – F NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,530
6 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 7,495
7 THE VOICE – TUE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 7,430
8 CHICAGO P.D. – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,573
9 THIS IS FARRAH FAWCETT – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,819
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 5,698
11 BLOOD & TREASURE – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,616
12 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 5,567
13 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 5,371
14 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,262
15 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 4,883
16 THE CODE CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 4,716
17 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 4,666
18 THE BACHELORETTE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,518
19 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 4,401
20 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 4,322
21 THE ENEMY WITHIN – F NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 4,271
22 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP – S FOX Sun. 6:26 PM 4,258
23 THE AMAZING RACE – S CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 4,243
24 THE VILLAGE – F NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 4,110
25 SEAL TEAM – F CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 4,086

All program ratings are live + same-day.

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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