Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Note: The networks’ telecast of the presidential debate aired commercial-free from 9-10:39 p.m. ET/6-7:39 p.m. PT. Final ratings are noted below but aren’t included in the network averages.

The first presidential debate dominated Monday’s ratings, but the regular programming that did air held up reasonably well.

“The Big Bang Theory” (3.6 rating in adults 18-49) adjusted up a tenth of a point from its preliminary ratings for CBS. It’s off 0.2 from last week’s premiere. NBC’s “The Voice,” meanwhile, adjusted down a tenth to 3.2, a tenth behind last week. “Kevin Can Wait” (2.7), “Dancing With the Stars” (1.8) and “Gotham” all held their early numbers.

Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are green; downward adjustments are in red.

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.6/12 14.24
The Voice (NBC) 3.2/10 11.72
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 1.8/6 10.83
Gotham (FOX) 1.2/4 3.54
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.96
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 2.7/8 10.62
9 p.m. Presidential Debate (NBC) (9-10:39 p.m.) 5.8/15 18.16
Presidential Debate (ABC) (9-10:39 p.m.) 3.4/9 13.52
Presidential Debate (CBS) (9-10:39 p.m.) 3.0/8 12.08
Presidential Debate (FOX) (9-10:39 p.m.) n/a 5.30
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.11
10:30 p.m. Debate Analysis (NBC) (10:39-11 p.m.) 4.0/11 12.76
Debate Analysis (ABC) (10:39-11 p.m.) 2.2/6 8.98
Debate Analysis (CBS) (10:39-11 p.m.) 2.1/6 8.23


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.4/11 2.9/8 1.9/6 1.2/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.99 11.34 10.35 3.54 1.04


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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