Scoreboard NBC CBS ABC FOX CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/10 2.0/7 1.8/6 1.6/5 0.5/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 10.132 13.312 8.813 4.007 1.341 x

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 while CBS led with total viewers

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.4, down a tenth from yesterday’s 3.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris notched a 2.2 from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the season premiere of NCIS earned a 2.4, down from the 2.9 that last season’s premiere earned. NCIS: New Orleans earned a 1.7, down eight tenths from the 2.5 last season’s premiere earned and x from last season’s 1.7 finale rating. The premiere of Limitless earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the series premiere of The Muppets earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Fresh off the Boat earned a 1.9, down from the 2.5 last season’s premiere earned but up from the 1.5 last season’s finale earned. Dancing With the Stars earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the two hour premiere of Scream Queens earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. UPDATE: FOX has ordered rush finals and Scream Queens was adjusted up to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 22, 2015: (Live + Same Day):


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 3.4 11 12.10
ABC The Muppets -P 2.8 10 8.91
CBS NCIS – P 2.4 8 17.68
FOX Scream Queens (8-10PM) -P 1.7 5 4.00
CW The Flash – R 0.5 2 1.41
8:30PM ABC Fresh off the Boat -P 1.9 7 6.07
9:00PM CBS NCIS: New Orleans -P 1.7 5 12.49
ABC Dancing With the Stars (9-11PM) 1.5 5 9.50
CW The Flash -R 0.4 1 1.27
10:00PM NBC Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris 2.2 7 6.17
CBS Limitless 1.8 6 9.80

via NBC press note:


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 football 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.

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.

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.

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