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’

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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