Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.7/13 15.68
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.1/7 8.66
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/7 7.21
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.46
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.6/2 2.58
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.2/7 9.42
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 7.97
Scandal (ABC) 1.7/5 5.88
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.3/4 5.86
The 100 (The CW) 0.6/2 1.42
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.7/5 6.58
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.5/5 4.89
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 5.8
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.0/4 4.98

 

Thursday’s ratings look a lot like they did a week ago. On the one hand, no show dropped by more than a tenth vs. last week and a few improved their 18-49 ratings. But on the other, several shows were already on the low side, so holding steady isn’t anything to brag about.

FOX’s “American Idol” (2.1) ticked up a tenth with the announcement of its 10 finalists. CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” (1.7) rose two tenths, and “Life in Pieces” (2.2) and The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.9) and “The 100” (0.6) each grew by 0.1 vs. last week.

The 200th episode of “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 3.7, consistent with last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up to 3.8 in the finals). “Scandal” drew a 1.7, also even with last week’s early number (it adjusted to 1.8), while “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.5) held steady with its final number. “Grey’s Anatomy” slipped 0.1 to a 2.1.

At NBC, “The Blacklist” scored a 1.3, tying last week’s season low, and “Shades of Blue” dipped to a 1.0, its low of the season.

Network averages:

FOX CBS ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 1.9/6 1.8/6 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.66 8.54 5.99 4.47 1.94

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.3/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.2/6

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.5/3, 1.4/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 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.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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