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[05/11/18 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts with "Big Bang," "Young Sheldon" Season Finales
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/10/18):

CBS (9.244 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday thanks to the season finales of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (12.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by a new "Mom" (9.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), the season finale of "Mom" (7.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and a new "SWAT" (5.632 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Second place then belonged to ABC (4.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.261 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Station 19" (4.506 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Quantico" (2.054 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was NBC (4.826 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.699 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) alongside a new "Chicago Fire" (5.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "Chicago Fire" (6.344 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Gotham" (2.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.346 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "Supernatural" (1.941 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Arrow" (1.355 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Supernatural
+40.00% - Gotham
+21.74% - The Big Bang Theory
+12.50% - Grey's Anatomy
+12.50% - SWAT
+10.53% - Young Sheldon
+10.00% - Chicago Fire
+7.14% - Mom
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo
0.00% - Quantico
0.00% - Arrow
-18.18% - Station 19

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
+20.00% - Supernatural
+20.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeats))
+18.18% - Mom - 9:30 (vs. Life in Pieces)
+16.67% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+7.69% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
0.00% - Mom - 9:00
0.00% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
-12.50% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-16.67% - Quantico (vs. The Catch)
-25.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. Chicago Med)
-35.71% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)

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," 2.4/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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 and a 0.2/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/11/17):

CBS (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and the season finales of "Mom" (8.205 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Life in Pieces" (6.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) as well as a new "The Amazing Race" (4.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "Scandal" (5.242 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) plus the departing "The Catch" (2.978 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of a "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.775 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) repeat, the season finale of "Chicago Med" (6.785 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and a new "The Blacklist" (4.963 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.426 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.258 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the season finale of "Riverdale" (0.951 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - The Blacklist
+9.09% - Chicago Med
+8.33% - The Big Bang Theory
+7.69% - Scandal
+5.88% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Amazing Race
0.00% - The Catch
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Riverdale
-8.33% - Life in Pieces
-11.11% - MasterChef Junior

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - The Blacklist (vs. Game of Silence)
0.00% - The Amazing Race (vs. Rush Hour)
0.00% - Riverdale (vs. The 100)
0.00% - MasterChef Junior (vs. Bones)
-7.69% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-16.67% - Mom
-21.21% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Scandal
-33.33% - The Catch
-35.29% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)

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," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4.

· 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," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households 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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