Final Live +7 adults 18-49 ratings for 2015-16: ‘Empire,’ ‘Sunday Night Football’ stay in front

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The final Live +7 ratings for the 2015-16 TV season tell much the same story that the  and Live +3 charts did.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” remains No. 1 with a 7.5 rating among adults 18-49, the same as it had in the previous rankings. Live sports programming tends to receive, at best, a negligible boost from delayed viewing. “Empire” (6.6) remains the No. 1 entertainment show and closes the gap with “SNF” from 1.3 points in Live +3 to 0.8 here.

“Empire” also retains its 0.8 advantage from Live +3 over the second-ranked non-sports show, “The Big Bang Theory” (5.8), which moves up one spot from L+3 to third overall. “Thursday Night Football” (5.7) is fourth, and “The X-Files” rounds out the Top 5 with a 4.8.

See also: Final Live +7 viewer averages for 2015-16

The chart below includes Live +7 18-49 averages for regularly scheduled original episodes of shows on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC, excluding those coded as specials. Summer series that started or ended in the regular September-to-May season and irregularly scheduled sports programs are also excluded.

Rank Show Network L+7 18-49 rating Gain vs. L+SD
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 7.5 0.0
2 Empire FOX 6.6 2.1
3 The Big Bang Theory CBS 5.8 2.1
4 Thursday Night Football CBS 5.7 0.0
5 The X-Files FOX 4.8 1.7
6 Modern Family ABC 4.4 1.8
The OT FOX 4.4 0.0
8 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 4.0 0.0
9 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.8 1.6
10 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 3.5 1.6
Scandal ABC 3.5 1.5
The Voice – Monday NBC 3.5 0.7
13 Blindspot NBC 3.3 1.5
The Voice – Tuesday NBC 3.3 0.7
15 NCIS CBS 3.1 0.9
16 Criminal Minds CBS 3.0 1.2
The Goldbergs ABC 3.0 1.0
The Bachelor ABC 3.0 0.7
American Idol – Wednesday FOX 3.0 0.6
20 The Blacklist NBC 2.8 1.4
Black-ish ABC 2.8 1.0
Scorpion CBS 2.8 1.0
Chicago Fire NBC 2.8 1.0
Survivor CBS 2.8 0.7
American Idol – Thursday FOX 2.8 0.6
26 Law & Order: SVU NBC 2.7 1.1
Life in Pieces CBS 2.7 0.7
28 Quantico ABC 2.6 1.3
Lucifer FOX 2.6 1.1
Chicago PD NBC 2.6 1.1
The Middle ABC 2.6 0.7
32 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 2.5 0.8
Supergirl CBS 2.5 0.8
Chicago Med NBC 2.5 0.8
35 Limitless CBS 2.4 1.1
Gotham FOX 2.4 1.0
Little Big Shots NBC 2.4 0.4
38 Shades of Blue NBC 2.3 1.1
Once Upon a Time ABC 2.3 0.9
2 Broke Girls CBS 2.3 0.7
Mom CBS 2.3 0.6
42 Agents of SHIELD ABC 2.2 1.0
Heroes Reborn NBC 2.2 0.9
The Flash CW 2.2 0.8
Family Guy FOX 2.2 0.7
Dancing with the Stars ABC 2.2 0.4
47 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 2.1 0.8
Shark Tank ABC 2.1 0.7
Mike & Molly CBS 2.1 0.6
Superstore NBC 2.1 0.5
The Simpsons FOX 2.1 0.4
52 Castle ABC 2.0 0.9
Scream Queens FOX 2.0 0.9
Blue Bloods CBS 2.0 0.8
Code Black CBS 2.0 0.7
56 The Last Man on Earth FOX 1.9 0.8
Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 1.9 0.7
New Girl FOX 1.9 0.7
Fresh Off the Boat ABC 1.9 0.6
The Muppets ABC 1.9 0.6
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 1.9 0.6
Angel from Hell CBS 1.9 0.5
The Odd Couple – Thursday CBS 1.9 0.3
64 Nashville ABC 1.8 0.8
Elementary CBS 1.8 0.8
Hawaii Five-0 CBS 1.8 0.7
Last Man Standing ABC 1.8 0.6
Masterchef Junior FOX 1.8 0.5
Rosewood FOX 1.8 0.4
Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 1.8 0.1
60 Minutes CBS 1.8 0.0
72 Grimm NBC 1.7 0.8
The Catch ABC 1.7 0.7
Bones FOX 1.7 0.7
The Amazing Race CBS 1.7 0.6
Hell’s Kitchen FOX 1.7 0.6
Best Time Ever w/Neil Patrick Harris NBC 1.7 0.3
78 American Crime ABC 1.6 0.7
Person of Interest – Tuesday CBS 1.6 0.6
The Good Wife CBS 1.6 0.5
Madam Secretary CBS 1.6 0.4
Saturday Night College Football ABC 1.6 0.0
83 Blood & Oil ABC 1.5 0.6
CSI: Cyber CBS 1.5 0.6
Arrow CW 1.5 0.6
Dr. Ken ABC 1.5 0.4
The Real O’Neals ABC 1.5 0.4
Bob’s Burgers FOX 1.5 0.4
The Biggest Loser NBC 1.5 0.4
The Mysteries of Laura NBC 1.5 0.4
The Odd Couple – Monday CBS 1.5 0.3
92 The Family ABC 1.4 0.6
Agent Carter ABC 1.4 0.6
Legends of Tomorrow CW 1.4 0.6
Sleepy Hollow FOX 1.4 0.6
The Player NBC 1.4 0.6
Person of Interest – Monday CBS 1.4 0.5
20/20 ABC 1.4 0.3
Undercover Boss CBS 1.4 0.2
100 Grandfathered FOX 1.3 0.4
The Great Holiday Baking Show ABC 1.3 0.3
Dateline – Friday NBC 1.3 0.3
Dateline – Sunday NBC 1.3 0.3
Telenovela NBC 1.3 0.3
105 Supernatural CW 1.2 0.5
Minority Report FOX 1.2 0.5
The Grinder FOX 1.2 0.4
Bachelor Live ABC 1.2 0.2
NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 1.2 0.0
110 Of Kings and Prophets ABC 1.1 0.4
Wicked City ABC 1.1 0.4
Rush Hour CBS 1.1 0.2
The Carmichael Show NBC 1.1 0.2
America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 1.1 0.1
Hollywood Game Night NBC 1.1 0.1
116 Second Chance FOX 1.0 0.4
Game of Silence NBC 1.0 0.3
48 Hours CBS 1.0 0.2
Crowded NBC 1.0 0.2
Heartbeat NBC 1.0 0.2
Undateable NBC 1.0 0.2
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life FOX 1.0 0.1
FOX College Football FOX 1.0 0.0
124 The Vampire Diaries CW 0.9 0.4
Galavant ABC 0.9 0.3
Beyond the Tank – Tuesday ABC 0.9 0.2
Beyond the Tank – Friday ABC 0.9 0.2
American Grit FOX 0.9 0.2
You, Me and the Apocalypse NBC 0.9 0.2
Dateline Saturday Mystery NBC 0.9 0.1
131 The 100 CW 0.8 0.3
iZombie CW 0.8 0.3
What Would You Do? ABC 0.8 0.2
Truth Be Told NBC 0.8 0.2
My Diet Is Better Than Yours ABC 0.8 0.1
Bordertown FOX 0.8 0.1
Strong NBC 0.8 0.1
138 Jane the Virgin CW 0.7 0.3
The Originals CW 0.7 0.3
Containment CW 0.7 0.2
20/20 Saturday ABC 0.7 0.1
World’s Funniest FOX 0.7 0.0
Caught on Camera NBC 0.7 0.0
144 America’s Next Top Model CW 0.6 0.3
Dateline: On Assignment NBC 0.6 0.0
146 Reign CW 0.5 0.2
NBA Countdown ABC 0.5 0.0
148 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.4 0.1

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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