For the first time in 16 years, NBC has won the September-September TV season in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures.

The network capped off the season in strong fashion, starting with its “Sunday Night Football” broadcast scoring the no. 1 spot for the week of Sept. 17-23, in both adults 18-49 (6.4) and total viewers (19.46 million). NBC’s broadcast of this year’s “Emmy Awards” (2.4, 10.22 million) landed fairly high in the charts as well, as did the summer finale of “America’s Got Talent” (2.1, 12.88 million).

NBC averaged a 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic for the season, down just one-tenth from its 1.9 average for the 2016-17 season, but five-tenths above ABC (1.3) and CBS (1.3), which tied for second. NBC managed to dethrone CBS as the season’s most-watched network as well, with a 7.80 million viewer average vs. CBS’ 7.56 million.

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

Sept. 17-23 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.5/2 (4t) 0.7/3 (3) 0.2/1 (7) 1.1/5 (2) 1.9/9 (1) 0.5/2 (4t) 0.4/2 (6)
Viewers in millions (rank) 2.69 (4) 4.19 (2) 0.65 (7) 3.95 (3) 8.18 (1) 1.32 (6) 1.33 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/6 (2t) 1.3/5 (2t) 0.5/2 (5t) 1.2/5 (4) 1.8/8 (1) 0.5/2 (5t) 0.5/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.48 (3) 7.56 (2) 1.49 (5) 4.13 (4) 7.80 (1) 1.24 (7) 1.48 (6)

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 Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 6.4 8,246
2 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:38 PM 3.7 4,831
3 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:51 PM 2.9 3,759
4 9-1-1 – P FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,296
5 EMMY AWARDS – S NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,076
6 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,928
7 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED – F NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,698
8 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,966
BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,926
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.5 1,920
11 BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,768
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,519
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 1.2 1,486
14 MASTERCHEF – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,456
I FEEL BAD – P NBC Weds. 10:02 PM 1.1 1,369
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.1 1,359
17 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,334
MASTERCHEF – F FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,237
19 CFB – BIG 10 PRIME – P FOX Sat. 8:35 PM 0.9 1,208
20 PALEY CENTER: THIS IS US – S NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 0.8 1,071
DATELINE FRI NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,032
FAMILY GUY – R FOX Sun. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,030
BEAT SHAZAM – F FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 995
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 977
I FEEL BAD – S NBC Weds. 10:31 PM 0.8 973

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 19,457
2 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 12,994
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED – R NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 12,884
4 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:38 PM 11,545
5 EMMY AWARDS – S NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,224
6 9-1-1 – P FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 9,827
7 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:51 PM 9,129
8 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 8,994
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,262
10 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 6,308
11 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 6,073
12 I FEEL BAD – P NBC Weds. 10:02 PM 5,723
13 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 5,696
14 BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 5,574
15 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,480
16 BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 5,443
17 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,910
18 DATELINE FRI NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 4,830
19 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 4,806
20 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 4,722
21 PALEY CENTER: THIS IS US – S NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 4,426
22 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 4,345
23 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 4,165
24 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – F ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 4,124
25 THE $100,000 PYRAMID – F ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,065

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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