Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Note: Live coverage of the presidential debate on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will mean greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.5/12 14.09
The Voice (NBC) 3.3/11 12.14
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 1.8/6 10.74
Gotham (FOX) 1.2/4 3.68
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.00
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 2.7/8 10.94
9 p.m. Presidential Debate (NBC) (9-10:30 p.m.) 5.4/14 16.60
Presidential Debate (ABC) (9-10:30 p.m.) 3.1/8 12.46
Presidential Debate (CBS) (9-10:30 p.m.) 2.8/7 11.00
Presidential Debate (FOX) (9-10:30 p.m.) 1.8/5 5.25
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.08
10:30 p.m. Debate Analysis (NBC) 3.9/11 12.50
Debate Analysis (ABC) 2.3/7 9.07
Debate Analysis (CBS) 2.0/6 7.85


The first presidential debate drew a massive audience Monday night. Pending updates, the four broadcast networks that carried the debate averaged a combined 45.31 million viewers. The total audience, with adjustments for the live broadcast and the addition of cable channels, will be available later in the day.

The 8 o’clock shows that aired in their normal time periods mostly held up. CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” (2.7 rating in adults 18-49) improved on its premiere, pending updates, while “The Big Bang Theory” (3.5) was off a tenth of a point from its fast national rating last week (it adjusted up to 3.8 in the finals).

NBC’s “The Voice” (3.3) and FOX’s “Gotham” (1.2) were even with their early numbers last week. “Dancing With the Stars” (1.8) rose by a tenth of a point.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.5/11 2.8/8 2.6/7 1.6/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 14.43 10.98 11.32 4.62 1.04


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.1/5, 2.7/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.7/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/3, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.6/4, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

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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