TV Ratings Thursday, April 5th, 2018

"The Tenant Disassociation" - Pictured: Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco). When Leonard learns Sheldon is the president of the tenants association, he decides to run against him. Also, Bernadette encourages Wolowitz and Koothrappali to find the owner of a drone after they find it in the backyard, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, April 5 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2018 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Consumers are changing with the times, and the same goes for us. As technology continues to evolve and media companies try new ways to attract viewers, understanding what consumers are watching—and what they’re watching on—is more important than ever. Today, viewing video is a personal and mobile experience—anytime and anywhere. This media fragmentation is both a challenge and an opportunity.

Our capabilities provide relevant metrics that are necessary to inform successful marketing and programming and drive continued growth. We measure more than 40 percent of the world’s viewing behavior—hundreds of channels, thousands of programs, and millions of viewers. This measurement breadth allows clients to plan programming and advertising for their ideal audience. That great lipstick ad you saw during your favorite reality show—that was no accident—it was informed by big data.

TV Ratings Thursday, April 5th, 2018

TV Ratings 04/05/2018

Adults 18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (Millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.3/11 12.73
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/6 6.75
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/3 3.17
Gotham (FOX) 0.7/3 2.54
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.87
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.9/8 11.57
AP Bio (NBC) 0.6/2 2.28
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/6 8.46
Station 19 (ABC) 1.0/4 5.12
Will & Grace (NBC) 0.9/4 3.60
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/2 2.68
Arrow (The CW) 0.4/2 1.37
9:30 p.m. Life In Pieces (CBS) 0.9/4 6.16
Champions (NBC) 0.5/2 1.95
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/4 5.41
Scandal (ABC) 0.9/4 3.88
SWAT (CBS) 0.8/3 5.12


Electronic and proprietary metering technology is at the heart of Nielsen audience measurement. In addition to capturing what channels viewers are watching on each television set in the home, our meters can identify who is watching and when, including “time-shifted” viewing—the watching of recorded programming up to seven days after an original broadcast.

Chosen at random through proven methodology, Nielsen’s U.S. TV families represent a cross-section of representative homes throughout the country. We measure viewing using our national and local people meters, which capture information about what’s being viewed and when, and in the major U.S. markets, specifically who and how many people are watching. We also have TV set meters in many local markets, and we collect more than two million paper diaries from audiences across the country each year during “sweeps”—specific periods during the months of February, May, July and November. To measure video content viewed on mobile devices, we have expanded our panels to incorporate census-style data from third parties in order to capture the breadth and depth of consumer usage.

Nielsen delivers a constant, real-time stream of information, revealing tuning behavior during programs and commercials. We can tell clients which commercials are being watched, as well as which ones have the strongest engagement and impact. We analyze which position in the program or commercial block is most effective for a specific brand and which markets will create the best return on investment for brands.

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