Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Here are the final primetime ratings for the broadcast networks’ election coverage. NBC led the broadcast networks but trailed CNN and Fox News overall. Collectively the Big 4 broadcast networks were down slightly from 2012, drawing a combined 32 million viewers vs. about 33 million four years ago.

Also, repeats on The CW adjusted down as some affiliates opted for news coverage on the night.

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. Decision Night in America (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 4.0/11 11.15
Your Voice Your Vote – Election Night 2016 (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 2.7/7 9.24
Campaign 2016: Election Night (CBS) (8-11 p.m.) 2.4/6 8.09
You Decide 2016: Election Special (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/4 3.52
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.89
9 p.m. No Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.48


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.0/11 2.7/7 2.4/6 1.2/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.15 9.24 8.09 3.25 0.68


: 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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