Live football continued to dominate the broadcast charts throughout the first week of the new TV season, while NBC claimed the no. 1 spot among the networks.

The network not only had the top sports broadcast of the week, with its “Sunday Night Football” game posting a 6.1 in the adults 18-49 demo, but also had the highest-rated scripted show of the week, thanks to the “This is Us” season 3 premiere scoring a 3.0. CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” premiere was the second highest-rated original show of the week, landing behind “This is Us” with a 2.5.

In the network standings, NBC (2.0) grabbed first place, with FOX (1.6) coming in second, CBS (1.3) taking third, and ABC (1.2) placing lowest among the big 4 in the demo. In the total viewers measure, however, CBS was the most-watched network with 8.36 million, while NBC (7.87 million) came second.

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

Sept. 24-30 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.2/5 (4) 1.3/6 (3) 0.2/1 (7) 1.6/7 (2) 2.0/9 (1) 0.5/2 (5) 0.4/2 (6)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.43 (3) 8.36 (1) 0.64 (7) 5.33 (4) 7.87 (2) 1.25 (6) 1.32 (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 Sept. 24-30, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 6.1 7,890
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – P FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 4.8 6,176
3 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3.0 3,832
4 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 7:37 PM 2.8 3,550
5 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:51 PM 2.5 3,196
THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,184
7 THURS NIGHT FTBALL PRE-KICK – P FOX Thurs. 8:05 PM 2.4 3,053
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,857
THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,793
MANIFEST – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2.2 2,786
60 MINUTES – P CBS Sun. 7:43 PM 2.2 2,783
12 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,619
13 EMPIRE – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,507
GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,410
15 NEW AMSTERDAM – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.8 2,371
LAST MAN STANDING – P FOX Fri. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,366
17 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 1.7 2,219
BIG BROTHER – WED – F CBS Weds. 9:30 PM 1.7 2,182
SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,156
20 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,097
911 FOX Mon. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,054
MODERN FAMILY – P ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,047
23 THE COOL KIDS – P FOX Fri. 8:30 PM 1.5 1,956
STAR – P FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,869
25 NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,844
THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,788
THE SIMPSONS – P FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,755

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Sept. 24-30, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 17,918
2 FOX+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL-09/27/2018 FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 14,507
3 60 MINUTES – P CBS Sun. 7:43 PM 13,537
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 12,933
5 NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,566
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 12,045
7 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 10,589
8 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 10,552
9 MANIFEST – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 10,411
10 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 10,214
11 GOD FRIENDED ME – P CBS Sun. 8:43 PM 10,135
12 FBI – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,089
13 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 9,902
14 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,668
15 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 7:37 PM 9,141
16 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,972
17 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 8,786
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – P CBS Sun. 9:43 PM 8,752
19 NEW AMSTERDAM – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 8,396
20 LAST MAN STANDING – P FOX Fri. 8:00 PM 8,130
21 MAGNUM P.I. – P CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 8,130
22 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 8,080
23 MOM – P CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 7,942
24 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 7,844
25 CHICAGO MED – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,786

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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