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2018-19 Live+Same Day Season Ratings: NFL Football Reigns Supreme Once Again, Scripted Fare Led by ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

'The Masked Singer' and 'America’s Got Talent: The Champions' Hit it Big in Midseason

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” made TV history once again, topping prime time television in all key metrics for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year, based on live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. “SNF” also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the ninth consecutive TV season. When including digital data from Adobe Analytics for NBC’s streaming platform, “SNF” posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 19.6 million viewers in 2018 – up 7 percent from the 2017 season (18.4 million). As a result, it’s one of the primary reasons NBC was the top-ranked network among adults 18-49 for 2018-19 with a 1.6 live plus same day rating within the demo, beating CBS and Fox (1.5 each), as well as ABC (1.2). Netlet CW posted a 0.4 rating.

The NFL also benefited Fox (and its simulcast partner NFL Network) by having the second-best rated prime time option of the season on broadcast TV, “Thursday Night Football” gaining more than 3 percent from its fall 2017 airings on CBS and NBC and propelling the Fox network to tie CBS for season runner-up in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Even ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” — which experienced 8 percent growth in viewership — ranked in the top ten of TV overall this season in each viewers and demos.

As noted back on May 17, CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” became the first series since “Seinfeld” in 1998 to rank as the No. 1 entertainment series in total viewers in its final season; the comedy had just completed its 12-year run.

With “The Big Bang Theory”, “NCIS”, “Young Sheldon”, “Mom”, “Blue Bloods”, “Survivor” and the season’s most-watched freshman scripted series “FBI“, CBS remained as TV’s most-watched network in prime time for the eleventh consecutive year and the 16th year out of the past 17 years. CBS averaged 8.9 million viewers (thru May 22, 2019), followed by NBC (7.2 million), ABC (5.6 million), Fox (5.3 million) and CW (1.3 million).

Two new unscripted series delivered solid ratings in midseason — Fox’s “The Masked Singer” which placed in the top ten in all key adult demos, and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” which ranked in the broadcast network top ten in total viewers.

How big was HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as it bid adieu? Initial Sunday telecasts of the drama for its final season were, by far, the top-performing scripted series in all of television among all key adult demographics (including a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49), more than doubling the adults 18-49 audience of what the best broadcast networks had to offer in scripted, the aforementioned “The Big Bang Theory” (2.3 rating).

Although it has experienced a precipitous drop from recent seasons, initial telecasts of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” averaged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating — fourth-best for a scripted series on TV overall.

The most successful scheduling move of the season was by NBC airing all three of its “Chicago” dramas on Wednesday night: “Chicago Med“, “Chicago Fire“, and “Chicago PD“. Each show had increased from last season by a double-digit percentage in total viewers.

What follows are the average Live + Same Day rating results for the broadcast network programs for the 2018-19 traditional television season from Monday, September 24, 2018 thru Wednesday, May 22, 2019 [season ranking in respective data category noted in brackets] (percentage changes from the 2017-18 season in parentheses, where available):

PROGRAM NET A1849
rating
Viewers
Sunday Night Football NBC 5.8/23 [#1]
(0.0%)
18.797m [#1]
(+6.9%)
Game of Thrones HBO 5.2
(+8.5%)
11.992m
(+16.9%)
Fox+NFLN Thursday Night Football FOX 4.4/19 [#2]
(+3.5%)
14.304m [#2]
(+3.6%)
Fox NFL Sunday-Post Gun-National FOX 4.1/19 [#3]
(-10.9%)
13.626m [#3]
(-9.0%)
Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC 3.8/15 [#4]
(-7.3%)
12.791m [#5]
(-1.2%)
Monday Night Football ESPN 3.8 11.65m
(+8%)
The OT FOX 3.3/14 [#5]
(-10.8%)
10.600m [#8]
(-8.8%)
Football Night in America Part 3 NBC 2.7/11 [#6]
(-12.9%)
9.149m [#11]
(-4.4%)
The Masked Singer FOX 2.6/11 [#7] 8.136m [#20]
Fox+NFLN Thursday Night Pre-Kick FOX 2.4/12 [#8]
(+4.3%)
8.445m [#15]
(-2.4%)
The Big Bang Theory CBS 2.3/11 [#9]
(-14.8%)
13.281m [#4]
(-5.1%)
This Is Us NBC 2.0/8 [#10]
(-35.5%)
8.337m [#17]
(-25.5%)
The Walking Dead AMC 1.9
(-44.5%)
4.950m
(-36.7%)
The Bachelor ABC 1.8/7 [#11]
(0.0%)
6.382m [#37]
(-1.7%)
America’s Got Talent: The Champions NBC 1.7/7 [#12] 10.123m [#10]
Young Sheldon CBS 1.7/8 [#12]
(-22.7%)
11.194m [#7]
(-11.0%)
The Conners* ABC 1.6/7 [#14]
(-54.3%)
7.463m [#26]
(-44.7%)
Grey’s Anatomy ABC 1.6/7 [#14]
(-15.8%)
6.781m [#32]
(-10.4%)
The Voice (Mon.) NBC 1.6/7 [#14]
(-20.0%)
8.965m [#13]
(-10.7%)
Survivor CBS 1.5/7 [#17]
(-11.8%)
7.466m [#25]
(-8.3%)
The Voice (Tue.) NBC 1.5/7 [#17]
(-21.1%)
8.468m [#14]
(-12.9%)
Ellen’s Game of Games NBC 1.4/6 [#19]
(-26.3%)
6.130m [#40]
(-22.9%)
Saturday Night Football ABC 1.4/7 [#19]
(0.0%)
5.175m [#56]
(+5.2%)
60 Minutes CBS 1.3/5 [#21]
(-7.1%)
10.244m [#9]
(-6.0%)
9-1-1 FOX 1.3/5 [#21]
(-18.8%)
5.876m [#44]
(-6.8%)
American Idol (Sun.) ABC 1.3/6 [#21]
(-23.5%)
7.597m [#24]
(-5.4%)
The Bachelorette ABC 1.3/6 [#21]
(-13.3%)
4.642m [#63]
(-18.2%)
Empire FOX 1.3/6 [#21]
(-27.8%)
4.522m [#68]
(-20.1%)
Football Night in America Part 2 NBC 1.3/5 [#21]
(-23.5%)
4.581m [#67]
(-16.8%)
Manifest NBC 1.3/5 [#21] 6.488m [#35]
Modern Family ABC 1.3/5 [#21]
(-18.8%)
4.834m [#62]
(-15.1%)
The Titan Games NBC 1.3/6 [#21] 5.023m [#59]
America’s Funniest Home Videos (8 p.m.) ABC 1.2/4 [#30]
(+20.0%)
5.890m [#43]
(+19.4%)
Chicago Fire NBC 1.2/5 [#30]
(+9.1%)
8.100m [#21]
(+35.4%)
Chicago Med NBC 1.2/5 [#30]
(0.0%)
8.237m [#19]
(+24.6%)
The Goldbergs ABC 1.2/6 [#30]
(-20.0%)
4.910m [#61]
(-12.1%)
Mom CBS 1.2/5 [#30]
(-20.0%)
7.992m [#22]
(-9.7%)
NCIS CBS 1.2/6 [#30]
(-14.3%)
12.099m [#6]
(-7.2%)
The Simpsons FOX 1.2/5 [#30]
(-20.0%)
3.115m [#101]
(-11.5%)
The World’s Best CBS 1.2/5 [#30] 5.478m [#48]
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back FOX 1.1/5 [#38] 3.567m [#88]
American Idol (Mon.) ABC 1.1/5 [#38]
(-31.3%)
6.298m [#38]
(-18.8%)
Chicago PD NBC 1.1/5 [#38]
(-8.3%)
7.048m [#31]
(+10.3%)
The Good Doctor ABC 1.1/5 [#38]
(-38.9%)
6.682m [#34]
(-31.7%)
Last Man Standing** FOX 1.1/6 [#38]
(0.0%)
5.718m [#46]
(-10.8%)
NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 1.1/5 [#38]
(0.0%)
3.415m [#92]
(+0.8%)
The Neighborhood CBS 1.1/5 [#38] 6.482m [#36]
New Amsterdam NBC 1.1/5 [#38] 5.919m [#42]
Star FOX 1.1/5 [#38]
(-15.4%)
3.541m [#89]
(-14.0%)
Bob’s Burgers FOX 1.0/4 [#47]
(0.0%)
2.451m [#117]
(+11.2%)
Family Guy FOX 1.0/4 [#47]
(-9.1%)
2.406m [#118]
(-4.6%)
FBI CBS 1.0/4 [#47] 9.083m [#12]
Schooled ABC 1.0/4 [#47] 3.938m [#78]
Station 19 ABC 1.0/4 [#47]
(-9.1%)
5.281m [#55]
(+0.2%)
American Horror Story FX 1.0
(-12.8%)
2.033m
(-8.5%)
The Amazing Race CBS 0.9/4 [#52]
(-18.2%)
4.608m [#66]
(-17.8%)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (7 p.m.) ABC 0.9/4 [#52]
(-10.0%)
5.396m [#52]
(-0.7%)
American Housewife ABC 0.9/4 [#52]
(-25.0%)
4.124m [#75]
(-9.0%)
Dancing with the Stars ABC 0.9/4 [#52]
(-35.7%)
7.298m [#29]
(-22.7%)
Fam CBS 0.9/4 [#52] 5.500m [#47]
God Friended Me CBS 0.9/3 [#52] 7.784m [#23]
Man with a Plan CBS 0.9/4 [#52]
(-10.0%)
5.335m [#53]
(-7.6%)
A Million Little Things ABC 0.9/4 [#52] 4.263m [#71]
NCIS: Los Angeles (9 p.m.) CBS 0.9/3 [#52]
(0.0%)
7.443m [#27]
(-6.3%)
The Passage FOX 0.9/4 [#52] 3.804m [#83]
The Resident FOX 0.9/4 [#52]
(-10.0%)
5.028m [#58]
(+10.9%)
black-ish ABC 0.8/3 [#63]
(-33.3%)
3.286m [#95]
(-24.2%)
Blue Bloods CBS 0.8/4 [#63]
(-11.1%)
8.435m [#16]
(-7.1%)
The Cool Kids FOX 0.8/4 [#63] 4.228m [#71]
Criminal Minds CBS 0.8/3 [#63]
(-20.0%)
4.616m [#64]
(-19.0%)
The Good Place NBC 0.8/4 [#63]
(-27.3%)
2.749m [#111]
(-24.1%)
Great Christmas Light Fight ABC 0.8/3 [#63] 4.124m [#74]
Happy Together CBS 0.8/3 [#63] 4.625m [#63]
Hawaii Five-0 CBS 0.8/4 [#63]
(-20.0%)
7.314m [#27]
(-12.1%)
Hell’s Kitchen FOX 0.8/4 [#63]
(-11.1%)
2.748m [#112]
(-12.3%)
The Kids Are Alright ABC 0.8/4 [#63] 3.883m [#79]
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC 0.8/4 [#63]
(-33.3%)
4.177m [#72]
(-29.7%)
Life in Pieces CBS 0.8/4 [#63]
(-27.3%)
5.461m [#49]
(-16.1%)
Magnum P.I. CBS 0.8/3 [#63] 5.847m [#44]
Murphy Brown CBS 0.8/3 [#63] 6.195m [#38]
NCIS: New Orleans CBS 0.8/4 [#63]
(-20.0%)
7.286m [#29]
(-17.8%)
S.W.A.T. CBS 0.8/4 [#63]
(-11.1%)
5.306m [#53]
(-10.1%)
Shark Tank (9 p.m.) ABC 0.8/3 [#63]
(-27.3%)
3.576m [#86]
(-19.3%)
Shark Tank (10:01 p.m.) ABC 0.8/4 [#63]
(-11.1%)
3.830m [#81]
(+8.0%)
Single Parents ABC 0.8/4 [#63] 3.304m [#94]
Saturday Night Football Pre-Game ABC 0.8/4 [#63]
(+14.3%)
3.388m [#92]
(+6.7%)
Superstore NBC 0.8/4 [#63]
(-20.0%)
3.136m [#99]
(-14.4%)
World of Dance NBC 0.8/3 [#63]
(-33.3%)
3.436m [#90]
(-37.8%)
Bless This Mess ABC 0.7/3 [#85] 3.324m [#93]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine NBC 0.7/3 [#85]
(0.0%)
2.284m [#124]
(+29.7%)
Bull CBS 0.7/3 [#85]
(-41.7%)
6.711m [#32]
(-36.8%)
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors ABC 0.7/2 [#85]
(0.0%)
4.391m [#69]
(+6.3%)
The Enemy Within NBC 0.7/3 [#85] 4.396m [#68]
How To Get Away With Murder ABC 0.7/3 [#85]
(-22.2%)
2.846m [#107]
(-23.1%)
Lethal Weapon FOX 0.7/3 [#85]
(-30.0%)
3.061m [#103]
(-25.6%)
MacGyver CBS 0.7/4 [#85]
(-12.5%)
6.108m [#40]
(-11.0%)
MasterChef Junior FOX 0.7/4 [#85]
(-12.5%)
2.772m [#109]
(-15.6%)
Notre Dame Football NBC 0.7/4 [#85] 3.088m [#102]
The Orville FOX 0.7/3 [#85]
(-30.0%)
3.160m [#98]
(-13.1%)
Rel FOX 0.7/2 [#85] 1.723m [#138]
The Rookie ABC 0.7/3 [#85] 4.137m [#73]
SEAL Team CBS 0.7/3 [#85]
(-30.0%)
4.978m [#59]
(-25.6%)
Splitting Up Together ABC 0.7/3 [#85]
(-41.7%)
2.759m [#110]
(-36.1%)
The Village NBC 0.7/3 [#85] 4.100m [#76]
Will & Grace NBC 0.7/3 [#85]
(-53.3%)
3.020m [#105]
(-44.0%)
Barry HBO 0.6
(+207.1%)
1.597m
(+172.1%)
20/20 (Fri.) ABC 0.6/3 [#102]
(0.0%)
3.804m [#82]
(+29.6%)
The Blacklist NBC 0.6/3 [#102]
(-33.3%)
3.919m [#78]
(-30.6%)
The Code CBS 0.6/2 [#102]
(-14.3%)
5.141m [#56]
(-4.5%)
Dateline (Fri.) NBC 0.6/3 [#102]
(-25.0%)
3.459m [#89]
(-23.9%)
Dateline (Sun.) NBC 0.6/2 [#102]
(0.0%)
3.797m [#84]
(-3.5%)
The Flash CW 0.6/3 [#102]
(-25.0%)
1.699m [#139]
(-23.3%)
Fox College Football – Big12 Prime FOX 0.6/3 [#102]
(-14.3%)
2.363m [#118]
(+1.0%)
Fox College Football – Pac12 Prime FOX 0.6/3 [#102]
(+20.0%)
1.997m [#131]
(+0.9%)
Fresh Off The Boat ABC 0.6/3 [#102]
(-40.0%)
3.029m [#104]
(-20.6%)
The Gifted FOX 0.6/2 [#102]
(-40.0%)
1.928m [#134]
(-42.7%)
Good Girls NBC 0.6/3 [#102]
(-40.0%)
2.328m [#121]
(-47.5%)
Gotham FOX 0.6/3 [#102]
(-25.0%)
2.246m [#126]
(-11.4%)
Madam Secretary CBS 0.6/3 [#102]
(0.0%)
5.444m [#50]
(-12.0%)
Million Dollar Mile CBS 0.6/3 [#102] 2.583m [#113]
NCIS: Los Angeles (10 p.m.) CBS 0.6/3 [#102] 5.470m [#48]
48 Hours CBS 0.5/2 [#117]
(0.0%)
3.680m [#85]
(-6.3%)
A.P. Bio NBC 0.5/2 [#117]
(-28.6%)
1.959m [#132]
(-26.2%)
Blindspot NBC 0.5/2 [#117]
(-16.7%)
2.828m [#108]
(-13.2%)
The Fix ABC 0.5/2 [#117] 3.091m [#101]
For The People ABC 0.5/2 [#117]
(-16.7%)
2.872m [#106]
(+13.2%)
Fox College Saturday-Kick FOX 0.5/3 [#117] 1.940m [#133]
I Feel Bad NBC 0.5/2 [#117] 2.067m [#129]
Match Game ABC 0.5/2 [#117]
(-28.6%)
2.363m [#118]
(-18.2%)
Mental Samurai FOX 0.5/2 [#117] 1.767m [#136]
Speechless ABC 0.5/2 [#117]
(-54.5%)
2.322m [#123]
(-46.7%)
Whiskey Cavalier ABC 0.5/3 [#117] 3.215m [#97]
Dateline Mystery NBC 0.5/2 [#128]
(-6.5%)
3.217m [#96]
(+7.4%)
1969 ABC 0.4/2 [#129] 2.326m [#122]
Abby’s NBC 0.4/2 [#129] 1.740m [#137]
Child Support ABC 0.4/2 [#129]
(-50.0%)
2.131m [#127]
(-47.3%)
Fox Saturday Baseball FOX 0.4/3 [#129] 2.360m [#120]
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC 0.4/3 [#129]
(-20.0%)
2.249m [#125]
(+8.3%)
Midnight, Texas NBC 0.4/2 [#129] 2.130m [#128]
NBA Countdown (Sat.) ABC 0.4/2 [#129]
(-20.0%)
1.877m [#135]
(-2.3%)
Paradise Hotel (Thu.) FOX 0.4/2 [#129] 1.259m [#143]
Paradise Hotel (Mon.) FOX 0.4/2 [#129] 1.191m [#144]
Premier Boxing Champions Fight Night FOX 0.4/2 [#129]
(+33.3%)
1.592m [#140]
(+36.8%)
Proven Innocent FOX 0.4/2 [#129] 2.007m [#130]
The Red Line CBS 0.4/1 [#129] 3.847m [#80]
Riverdale CW 0.4/2 [#129]
(-20.0%)
1.054m [#149]
(-23.1%)
Supernatural CW 0.4/2 [#129]
(-33.3%)
1.433m [#141]
(-15.3%)
Dirty John Bravo 0.4 1.326m
Arrow CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-25.0%)
1.092m [#146]
(-10.1%)
Black Lightning CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-50.0%)
0.963m [#152]
(-44.4%)
Charmed CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-83.3%)
0.850m [#154]
(-88.2%)
D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-40.0%)
0.953m [#153]
(-36.7%)
The 100 CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(0.0%)
0.804m [#155]
(-27.6%)
Legacies CW 0.3/1 [#144] 1.003m [#151]
Paradise Hotel (Wed.) FOX 0.3/1 [#144] 1.092m [#146]
Penn & Teller: Fool Us CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-25.0%)
1.025m [#150]
(-38.8%)
Ransom CBS 0.3/1 [#144]
(0.0%)
2.374m [#117]
(-9.3%)
Roswell New Mexico CW 0.3/1 [#144] 1.064m [#148]
Supergirl CW 0.3/1 [#144]
(-40.0%)
1.162m [#145]
(-37.5%)
Alec Baldwin Show ABC 0.2/1 [#155] 1.359m [#142]
All American CW 0.2/1 [#155] 0.667m [#158]
Dynasty CW 0.2/1 [#155]
(0.0%)
0.557m [#164]
(-19.0%)
In The Dark CW 0.2/1 [#155] 0.649m [#159]
iZombie CW 0.2/1 [#155]
(0.0%)
0.631m [#161]
(-16.5%)
Jane the Virgin CW 0.2/1 [#155]
(0.0%)
0.638m [#160]
(+0.5%)
Masters of Illusion CW 0.2/1 [#155] 0.778m [#156]
The Outpost CW 0.2/1 [#155] 0.594m [#163]
Whose Line Is It Anyway? CW 0.2/1 [#155] 0.728m [#157]
Burden of Truth CW 0.1/1 [#164] 0.624m [#162]
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.1/1 [#164]
(-50.0%)
0.405m [#165]
(-35.8%)

* ‘The Conners’ compared to the Spring 2018 run of ‘Roseanne’

** ‘Last Man Standing’ compared to its 2016-17 season

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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