Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Note: CBS’ live NFL telecast will be subject to significant adjustments in the final national ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. Thursday Night Football pregame (CBS) 2.2/8 8.5
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 8.06
Bones (FOX) 1.3/4 5.78
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.2/4 4.39
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – P 0.6/2 1.37
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 3.4/11 11.22
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 2.6/8 8.72
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.5/5 6.95
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 1.0/3 3.36
The Originals (The CW) – P 0.4/1 0.93
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 2.1/7 7.2
The Player (NBC) 0.9/3 4.37


The first “Vampire Diaries” without Nina Dobrev came in below last season’s premiere, drawing a 0.6 in adults 18-49 (down fr0m 0.9 in 2014). “The Originals” was also down three tenths with a 0.4.

ABC fared the best on the night, though “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” were all off 0.2 from a week ago. “Heroes Reborn” and “The Blacklist” slipped on NBC, while “The Player” was even with last week (albeit at a 0.9). “Sleepy Hollow” was also flat for FOX, while “Bones” dropped 0.1.

The “Thursday Night Football” matchup also wasn’t much of a draw for CBS, dropping more than 30 percent vs. last week’s game. Final nationals will paint a more complete picture.

The network averages:

Network averages CBS  ABC  NBC  FOX  CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.2/11 2.3/7 1.2/4 1.1/4  0.5/2
Total Viewers (000s) 10.77 7.99 5.24 4.57 1.15


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.6/7

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (delayed by NFL overrun): 0.7/4, 2.2/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.1/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline” (12:35-1:05 a.m.): 0.4/3, 1.3/4

 “Late Late Show with James Corden” (delayed): 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

: 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, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.-
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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing 
– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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