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‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Manifest’ Among Top Live+7 Gainers of 2018-2019 Season

With 2018-2019 broadcast season wrapping up, certain shows stand head and shoulders above their competition in the Nielsen Live+7 rankings.

Live+7 data is currently available only through May 5, but the top dogs will likely see little change once the final numbers are in for the traditional September-May season. The top gainer in adults 18-49 was NBC’s “This Is Us” with an average lift of 1.8 ratings points. The number two spot was a tie between CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” and NBC’s “Manifest,” with both of those shows adding 1.5 ratings points on average. These numbers do not include “Big Bang Theory’s” series finale, however, which pulled in a 3.1 rating and 18 million viewers in Live+Same Day alone on May 16.

In addition to “Manifest,” other freshman shows to make it to the top of the Live+7 list include NBC’s “New Amsterdam” (average lift of 1.2), ABC’s “A Million Little Things” (average lift of 1.1) and Fox’s “The Masked Singer” (average lift of 1.2).

Turning to total viewers, “Manifest” was the biggest gainer overall, on average adding 6.1 million viewers per episode. ABC’s “The Good Doctor” was second with an average viewer lift of just under 6 million. “New Amsterdam” (5.2 million viewer lift) and “A Million Little Things” (3.5 million viewer lift) were also among the top gainers in this measure, as was ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier” (3.2 million viewer lift).

Read the top 25 shows of the season in both measures below. Shows are ranked by gains in Live+7.

Adults 18-49

SERIES NETWORK L+SD Adults 18-49 L+7 Adults 18-49 +7 Actual Gain +7 Percent Gain
THIS IS US NBC 2.0 3.8 +1.8 +90%
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 2.2 3.7 +1.5 +68%
MANIFEST NBC 1.3 2.8 +1.5 +115%
THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 1.1 2.5 +1.4 +127%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 1.6 2.9 +1.3 +81%
911 FOX 1.3 2.5 +1.2 +92%
THE MASKED SINGER FOX 2.6 3.8 +1.2 +46%
NEW AMSTERDAM NBC 1.1 2.3 +1.2 +109%
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS ABC 0.9 2.0 +1.1 +122%
MODERN FAMILY ABC 1.3 2.4 +1.1 +85%
CHICAGO PD NBC 1.1 2.1 +1.0 +91%
YOUNG SHELDON CBS 1.7 2.6 +0.9 +53%
CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.2 2.1 +0.9 +75%
LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 0.9 1.8 +0.9 +100%
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 0.8 1.7 +0.9 +113%
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 0.7 1.5 +0.8 +114%
THE ROOKIE ABC 0.7 1.5 +0.8 +114%
THE ORVILLE FOX 0.7 1.5 +0.8 +114%
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 0.8 1.6 +0.8 +100%
WILL & GRACE NBC 0.7 1.5 +0.8 +114%
THE PASSAGE FOX 0.9 1.7 +0.8 +89%
SURVIVOR CBS 1.5 2.2 +0.7 +47%
STATION 19 ABC 1.0 1.7 +0.7 +70%
BULL CBS 0.8 1.5 +0.7 +88%
NCIS CBS 1.2 1.9 +0.7 +58%

Total Viewers

SERIES NETWORK L+SD Total Viewers (in millions) L+7 Total Viewers (in millions) +7 Actual Gain +7 Percent Gain
MANIFEST NBC 6488 12607 +6119 +94%
THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 6682 12642 +5960 +89%
THIS IS US NBC 8337 13798 +5461 +66%
NEW AMSTERDAM NBC 5977 11184 +5207 +87%
BULL CBS 6712 11407 +4695 +70%
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 12798 17432 +4634 +36%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 8433 12837 +4404 +52%
911 FOX 5841 10124 +4283 +73%
THE ROOKIE ABC 4137 8314 +4177 +101%
CHICAGO PD NBC 7132 11249 +4117 +58%
NCIS CBS 12147 15938 +3791 +31%
FBI CBS 9131 12744 +3613 +40%
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 4616 8217 +3601 +78%
CHICAGO FIRE NBC 8159 11742 +3583 +44%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 7335 10913 +3578 +49%
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS ABC 4263 7779 +3516 +82%
YOUNG SHELDON CBS 11104 14617 +3513 +32%
SEAL TEAM CBS 5070 8514 +3444 +68%
THE MASKED SINGER FOX 8136 11566 +3430 +42%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 6833 10195 +3362 +49%
S.W.A.T. CBS 5298 8622 +3324 +63%
BLACKLIST NBC 3875 7191 +3316 +86%
WHISKEY CAVALIER ABC 3339 6569 +3230 +97%
LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 4227 7446 +3219 +76%
CHICAGO MED NBC 8312 11366 +3054 +37%

Note: An earlier version of this story included outdated numbers for adults 18-49 and total viewers. Those have now been corrected.

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