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[04/05/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Holds Off Competition for CBS
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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (4/4/19):

CBS (7.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday thanks to originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (11.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Mom" (7.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Fam" (4.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (4.741 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

The silver then went to ABC (5.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Station 19" (5.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "For the People" (3.081 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (2.991 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "AP Bio" (1.990 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), the season finale of "Will & Grace" (3.011 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Abby's" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.221 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Orville" (1.334 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the evening with a new "Supernatural" (1.270 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the launch of "In the Dark" (0.894 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 3/21/19)
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - For the People
0.00% - Abby's
0.00% - AP Bio
-8.33% - Mom (vs. 3/7/19)
-9.52% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 3/7/19)
-10.00% - Station 19
-12.50% - Fam (vs. 3/14/19)
-17.65% - Young Sheldon (vs. 3/7/19)
-22.22% - SWAT (vs. 3/7/19)
-25.00% - Supernatural (vs. 3/21/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Abby's (vs. Champions)
-6.25% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - Station 19
-12.50% - SWAT
-16.67% - AP Bio
-17.39% - The Big Bang Theory
-20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Chicago Fire)
-21.43% - Mom
-22.22% - Will & Grace
-22.22% - Fam (vs. Life in Pieces)
-26.32% - Young Sheldon
-33.33% - For the People (vs. Scandal)
-50.00% - Supernatural
-50.00% - In the Dark (vs. Arrow)

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," 1.6/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/7; 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," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/5 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," 1.0/4 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," 0.1/1.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/5/18):

CBS (8.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Thursday reign last night with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.119 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

ABC (5.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Station 19" (5.117 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scandal" (3.880 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.634 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Superstore" (3.170 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "AP Bio" (2.276 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the season finale of "Will & Grace" (3.596 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus new episodes of "Champions" (1.953 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.544 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Arrow" (1.372 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Scandal
+11.11% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo
0.00% - AP Bio
0.00% - Champions
0.00% - Arrow
-4.17% - The Big Bang Theory
-5.00% - Young Sheldon
-5.88% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - Life in Pieces
-11.11% - SWAT
-14.29% - Supernatural
-16.67% - Station 19

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist: Redemption)
+35.71% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+33.33% - Arrow (vs. Riverdale)
+28.57% - Scandal (vs. The Catch)
+20.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Showtime at the Apollo (vs. Kicking & Screaming)
0.00% - AP Bio (vs. Powerless)
-5.88% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
-11.11% - SWAT (vs. The Amazing Race)
-11.54% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Gotham (vs. MasterChef Junior)
-23.08% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-25.00% - Life in Pieces
-50.00% - Champions (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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.4/4 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.2/1 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (0.8/3 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night" (0.3/3 in 18-49); "Late Late Show" (0.1/1 with an encore delayed by a Masters golf report).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 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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