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

Just about all of Thursday’s early ratings carried through to the finals, including those for the premieres of “Shades of Blue,” (1.8) “Angel from Hell” (1.6) and, regrettably, “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (0.7).

The lone change was to CBS’ “Life in Pieces,” which adjusted down 0.1 to a 2.1. That’s down a tenth from its last new episode but still slightly ahead of its season average.

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

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.8/14 15.85
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.7/9 10.21
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.0/3 3.74
Beyond the Tank (ABC) – P 1.0/3 4.29
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.69
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.1/7 9.27
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.71
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6/5 7.52
My Diet Is Better Than Yours (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – P 0.7/2 2.42
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.51
9:30 p.m. Angel From Hell (CBS) – P 1.6/5 8.13
10 p.m. Shades of Blue (NBC) – P 1.8/6 8.55
Elementary (CBS) 1.2/4 6.71


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.7/9 2.0/7 1.5/5 0.8/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.21 9.23 6.60 3.04  0.60


: 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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