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[01/18/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/17/19):

CBS (7.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (8.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Fam" (6.016 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and a repeat "SWAT" (4.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

ABC (5.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "A Million Little Things" (5.245 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Titan Games" (4.858 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.552 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.224 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.418 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The Orville" (2.975 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.439 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a rebroadcast of "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.080 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+57.14% - A Million Little Things (vs. 12/12/18)
+12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+11.76% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 11/15/18)
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. 12/13/18)
-4.17% - The Big Bang Theory
-10.53% - Young Sheldon
-11.11% - The Good Place
-12.50% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. 11/15/18)
-13.33% - Mom
-16.67% - Fam
-18.75% - The Titan Games
-25.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+30.00% - The Titan Games (vs. Superstore/The Good Place)
+14.29% - The Good Place (vs. Great News)
-10.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-13.64% - Grey's Anatomy
-15.38% - A Million Little Things (vs. Scandal)
-16.67% - Fam (vs. Life in Pieces)
-18.75% - Mom
-20.69% - The Big Bang Theory
-29.17% - Young Sheldon
-30.00% - Gotham (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)
-30.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
-30.77% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Will & Grace)
-33.33% - Supernatural
-46.15% - The Orville (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/18/18):

CBS (9.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (13.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mom" (9.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "SWAT" (5.991 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

ABC (5.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Scandal" (5.169 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with week three of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.159 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) plus another "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.779 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (3.709 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Good Place" (3.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Will & Grace" (4.493 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Great News" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the winter premieres of "Supernatural" (1.870 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Arrow" (1.422 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) on The CW (1.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Arrow (vs. 12/7/17)
+22.22% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 11/16/17)
+20.00% - Supernatural (vs. 12/7/17)
+18.18% - Scandal (vs. 11/16/17)
+18.18% - Will & Grace
+18.18% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00
+16.67% - Great News
+11.11% - Chicago Fire
+11.11% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. 11/16/17)
+11.11% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - The Good Place
-3.33% - The Big Bang Theory
-4.00% - Young Sheldon
-9.09% - SWAT
-9.09% - Superstore

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat))
+175.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
+116.67% - Scandal (vs. Scandal (Repeat))
+66.67% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+44.44% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. My Kitchen Rules)
+41.18% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+25.00% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
+11.11% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. 20/20)
+8.33% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
0.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
-5.88% - Mom
-9.09% - The Good Place
-9.09% - Superstore (vs. The Good Place)
-12.12% - The Big Bang Theory
-20.00% - Life in Pieces
-23.08% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
-41.67% - Great News (vs. Chicago Med)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.0/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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