Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

So that good news for “Elementary” and “Mom” in Thursday’s early ratings? Not so fast.

Factoring out local affiliate broadcasts of an NFL game almost always causes adjustments for the networks in question,  but the dropoff for the two CBS shows, along with the Thusday debut of “Life in Pieces,” is more extreme than usual. “Mom” ends up half a point lower (1.5 vs. 2.0), while “Elementary” (1.1) and “Life in Pieces” (1.9) each dropped by four tenths.

ABC’s “Scandal” adjusted down by 0.1, meaning the age-defying “Grey’s Anatomy” ended up as the network’s top-rated show for the night. “Bones” and “The Big Bang Theory” each came down by 0.1 as well.

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

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.7/13 14.81
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.3/8 8.50
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.3/4 3.97
Bones (FOX) 1.1/4 5.34
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 0.6/2 1.34
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.9/6 7.88
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 2.2/7 8.03
Mom (CBS) – P 1.5/5 7.28
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.4/4 6.44
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 0.9/3 3.04
The Originals (The CW) 0.4/1 0.97
9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.3/4 6.21
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.9/6 6.49
Elementary (CBS) – P 1.1/4 5.58
The Player (NBC) 0.7/3 3.22


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 1.8/6 1.1/4 1.0/3  0.5/2
Total Viewers (000s) 7.67 7.93 4.54 4.19  1.15


: 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. 
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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