Ratings: Fox Ties for First With iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Return to Broadcast

“Big Bang” universe airs reruns, but CBS is still No. 1 in viewers

Last Updated: March 15, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

ABC and Fox tied for first place in the key 18-49 ratings demo Thursday, when CBS aired repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” Fox’s primetime consisted entirely of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which returned to broadcast for the first time since 2015.

CBS finished first in total-viewer averages in last night’s primetime.

In March 2015, the iHeartRadio Music Awards — then on NBC — posted a 1.7 demo rating and 5.3 million viewers. This one didn’t come close to those Nielsen numbers. The annual awards show ran on Turner’s cable channels between then and now.

ABC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC was second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3 million.

For ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 put up a 1.4/7 and 6.7 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” had a 0.8/4 and 5.2 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 got a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

The only telecast on Fox’s primetime was the iHeart Awards, averaging the above-mentioned numbers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and first in viewers with 5.4 million. Between repeats, “Fam” at 8:30 received a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers. Another “Fam” at 9:30 had a 0.8/3 and 4.8 million viewers. Another rerun followed.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 3.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 got a 1.0/5 and 3.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” received a 0.6/3 and 2.4 million viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 2.3 million viewers. “Will & Grace” at 9:30 closed out the comedy block with a 0.6/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” finished off primetime to a 0.8/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

Univision, The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, CW was sixth with 1.3 million, and Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” got a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.