TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Big Brother’ rises, ‘Race in America’ special does OK for ABC

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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, July 14, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, featuring OK ratings for an ABC news special, an uptick for “Big Brother” and the return of “Bones”:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.5/7 7.20
The President and the People: Race in America (ABC) – S 1.0/4 5.76
Bones (FOX) 0.8/3 4.23
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) – R 0.8/3 2.94
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.71
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.2/5 5.26
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.9/7 6.00
Greatest Hits (ABC) 0.9/4 4.44
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) 0.9/4 3.05
Home Free (FOX) 0.5/2 2.11
Beauty and the Beast (The CW) 0.2/1 0.72
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.33
Match Game (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.08
Aquarius (NBC) 0.5/2 1.84

 

“Big Brother” led Thursday’s ratings with a 1.9 in adults 18-49, even with its final number last week and up a tenth of a point from the fast nationals.

ABC’s news special “The President and the People: Race in America” scored a decent 1.0. (The special aired commercial-free and therefore likely won’t be part of the network’s final average.)

Also at ABC, “Greatest Hits” (0.9) was even with last week. FOX’s “Bones” returned from a couple weeks off to a 0.8, down a tenth from its last new episode, while “Home Free” held at 0.5. NBC’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” was also steady. “Aquarius” drew a 0.5, even with last week’s fast nationals and up from its final 0.4.

Network averages:

CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.52 4.43 2.61 3.17 0.71

 

Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.9/3

Definitions:
Rating
: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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