Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

The numbers for Monday, the first official night of the 2016-17 season, have a pair of new comedies hoping to capitalize on strong lead-ins:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – P 3.6/13 15.44
The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 3.3/11 12.00
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.7/6 10.59
Gotham (FOX) – P 1.2/4 3.78
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.12
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – P 2.6/9 11.15
9 p.m. The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 1.8/6 8.28
Lucifer (FOX) – P 1.3/4 4.41
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.14
10 p.m. The Good Place (NBC) (10-11 p.m.) – P 2.3/8 8.06
Match Game (ABC) 0.9/3 4.66


The first night of the season was kind to a pair of new comedies, CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” and NBC’s “The Good Place.”

“Kevin Can Wait” premiered to a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 — matching the debut numbers for “Life in Pieces” in the same spot last year — and 11.15 million viewers. “The Good Place,” meanwhile, opened to a 2.3 and 8.06 million viewers, topping the post-“Voice” debut of “Superstore” (2.0) last fall — although it was behind the premiere of “Blindspot” (3.1) on the same night a year ago.

Both shows also performed pretty much in line with your predictions.

“The Big Bang Theory” (3.6) led the night, but it was down more than a full point in adults 18-49 vs. last year’s premiere (4.7). It did rise a bit from the 3.4 for its season finale in May. FOX’s “Lucifer” (1.3) was also well off the 2.4 for its series debut last season but matched its finale.

“The Voice” (3.3, -0.3) and “Gotham” (1.2, -0.4) also slid from their debuts last season, but not by as much. The conclusion of “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” drew a 1.8 for CBS, down three tenths from part 1 on Sunday. “Dancing With the Stars” dropped four tenths from its premiere to a 1.7 against stiffer competition.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/10 2.3/8 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.68 9.95 8.61 4.09 1.13


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.8/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/2, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4

Rating: 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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