Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, July 4, 2016

The numbers for Monday, featuring a pair of Fourth of July specials and nothing much else to write home about:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.5/7 6.97
Mom (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.82
The Bachelorette (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.4/2 2.52
So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.74
iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.64
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.61
9 p.m. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.8/3 4.65
Houdini & Doyle (FOX) – F 0.4/2 1.77
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.87
10 p.m. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) – R 1.1/5 4.59
Mistresses (ABC) 0.5/2 2.52


The “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on NBC led Monday night’s ratings by a good margin. The two-hour special averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 to finish first, and a one-hour repeat at 10 p.m. came in second with a 1.1.

CBS’ competing fireworks special, the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” posted a 0.8. ABC’s “Mistresses” scored a 0.5, down 0.2 from last week. The finale of “Houdini & Doyle” on FOX drew a 0.4, even with its last episode.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.27 4.34 2.52 1.76 0.74


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.6/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.7/2

: 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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