Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 7, 2016

“The Big Bang Theory” adjusted up from Thursday’s fast national ratings to become the night’s top show in adults 18-49. Its 3.1 rating edges out the 3.0 for the “American Idol” saries finale (which was unchanged) on FOX. “Idol,” incidentally, had its highest-rated finale since Season 12 in 2013.

Following “Big Bang,” the season premiere of “The Odd Couple” adjusted down a tenth to a 1.5. “The 100” (0.4) also came down a tenth for The CW after adjusting for a pre-emption in Chicago.

Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in bold; downward adjustments are in italics.

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.1/11 13.50
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – Series finale 3.0/10 13.30
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 7.35
Little Big Shots (NBC) – R 0.8/3 4.59
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/3 1.88
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) – P 1.5/5 7.63
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 1.7/5 5.88
Mom (CBS) 1.5/5 7.17
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.2/4 6.42
The 100 (The CW) 0.4/1 1.13
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.4/5 5.87
10 p.m. The Catch (ABC) 1.1/4 4.89
Rush Hour (CBS) 0.9/3 4.81
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.79


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/10 1.6/5 1.6/5 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 13.30 6.04 7.30 4.93 1.50


: 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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