Unsurprisingly, the kickoff of the NFL regular season dominated the broadcast top 25 for the week of Sept. 3-9.

The “Sunday Night Football” game between Green Bay and Chicago won NBC the top spot of the week in the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures with a 7.5 rating and 22.12 million. The network’s broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game from earlier in the week came second in both measures (6.7, 19.03 million viewers) as well.

Other than sports, the season premiere of FOX’s “REL” notably landed above NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in the 18-49 demo with a 1.9 vs. a 1.8. However, “America’s Got Talent” did beat the FOX freshman comedy in total viewers.

Thanks to the week’s live sports broadcasts, NBC (2.6) remained firmly at the top of the network standings. FOX (1.1) came second, followed by ABC (0.8) and CBS (0.6) in third and fourth place, respectively.

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

Sept. 3-9 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.8/3 (3) 0.6/3 (4) 0.2/1 (7) 1.1/5 (2) 2.6/11 (1) 0.5/2 (5) 0.4/2 (6)
Viewers in millions (rank) 3.45 (4) 3.82 (2) 0.74 (7) 3.51 (3) 9.30 (1) 1.25 (6) 1.32 (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) 5.54 (3) 7.67 (2) 1.52 (5) 4.16 (4) 7.78 (1) 1.23 (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. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – P NBC Sun. 11:31 PM 7.5 9,659
2 NFL THURS SPECIAL – S NBC Thurs. 12:04 AM 6.7 8,610
3 NFL WEATHER DELAY – S NBC Thurs. 8:53 PM 4.4 5,620
4 THE OT – P FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 4.2 5,447
5 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT3 – P NBC Sun. 8:14 PM 3.4 4,318
6 NFL OPENING KICK-OFF SHOW – S NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 2.8 3,603
7 REL – P FOX Sun. 8:31 PM 1.9 2,447
8 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.8 2,357
9 BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,056
BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,005
11 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,919
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,877
13 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT2 – P NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 1.2 1,570
14 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 11:00 PM 1.1 1,425
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,358
WORLD OF DANCE NBC Weds. 11:00 PM 1.1 1,356
17 MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,325
BACHELOR IN PARADISE – TUE ABC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,272
THE SIMPSONS – R FOX Sun. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,240
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,237
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.0 1,231
22 MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,168
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 11:46 PM 0.9 1,126
24 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,060
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – R ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,046
BOB’S BURGERS – R FOX Sun. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,004
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – R ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.8 982

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Sept. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – P NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 22,117
2 NFL THUR SPECIAL – S NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 19,028
3 NFL WEATHER DELAY – S NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 12,756
4 THE OT – P FOX Sun. 7:42 PM 12,329
5 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,695
6 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 – P NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 10,457
7 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – WED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 9,892
8 NFL OPENING KICK-OFF SHOW – S NBC Thurs. 7:59 PM 8,730
9 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,098
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,008
11 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 5,958
12 BIG BROTHER – WED CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 5,529
13 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 5,516
14 REL – P FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 5,490
15 BIG BROTHER – SUN CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 5,475
16 BIG BROTHER – THU CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 5,230
17 WORLD OF DANCE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 5,174
18 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,853
19 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 4,661
20 DATELINE FRI NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 4,447
21 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION – S ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,342
22 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – R ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,336
23 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,322
24 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 – P NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 4,280
25 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,212

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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