Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Recovers a Bit With Fall Finale

But CBS still beats everyone on Tuesday as NBC’s specials can’t keep pace

Last Updated: December 12, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

There were a ton of fall finales on Tuesday: CBS’ simply did the best. The “NCIS” network edged NBC and ABC in primetime averages among adults 18-49, and crushed them in terms of total viewers. NBC’s post-“Voice” specials let it down, while ABC was not very competitive after “The Conners.”

For the second night in a row, The CW topped Fox reruns with its “Elseworlds” crossover event — Tuesday marked the conclusion of that three-parter. (Last night, Univision also out-rated Fox and Telemundo tied it.)

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “NCIS” fall finale at 8 landed a 1.3/6 and 12.1 million viewers. At 9, the “FBI” fall finale had a 1.0/4 and 9 million viewers. The “NCIS: New Orleans” fall finale at 10 got a 0.8/4 and 7.7 million viewers.

NBC and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/4. NBC was second in total viewers with 5.9 million, ABC was second with 4.3 million. The Disney-owned broadcast network aired the fall finales for all five of its Tuesday series last night.

For NBC, “The Voice” at 8 earned a 1.4/6 and 9 million viewers. “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” at 9 received a 0.8/4 and 6 million viewers. At 10, a “Hollywood Game Night” special managed a 0.5/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

For ABC, “The Conners” fall finale at 8 put up a 1.4/6 and 6.7 million viewers — a bit better than last week’s series lows. “The Kids Are Alright” at 8:30 had a 0.9/4 and 4.4 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 3.6 million viewers. At 9:30, “Splitting Up Together” received a 0.7/3 and 3 million viewers. “The Rookie” at 10 closed primetime with a 0.7/4 and 4.2 million viewers.

The CW was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million. The “Supergirl” hour at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, the “Black Lightning” time slot settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.2 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.38 million.

Fox and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Fox was fifth in total viewers with 1.43 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.2 million.