Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 21, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, which feature improved ratings for three of CBS’ four comedies and a dip for ABC’s TGIT lineup and NBC’s newest drama:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.1/12 13.83
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/8 7.62
Bones (FOX) 0.8/3 4.28
Strong (NBC) 0.8/3 3.03
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/2 1.85
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) 1.7/6 8.64
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.41
Scandal (ABC) 1.5/5 6.00
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.3/4 6.85
American Grit (FOX) 0.7/2 2.26
The 100 (The CW) 0.4/1 1.18
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.8/6 6.93
10 p.m. Rush Hour (CBS) 1.0/4 4.65
The Catch (ABC) 0.9/3 4.62
Game of Silence (NBC) 0.7/2 3.50


Thursday was an above-average night for CBS’ comedies not named “The Big Bang Theory.” While that show was flat in adults 18-49 (3.1) vs. its last episode, “The Odd Couple” (1.7), “Mom” (1.8) and “2 Broke Girls” (1.8) all improved on last week and either set or matched season highs. “Rush Hour” (1.0) also ticked up.

On the other hand, ABC fell a bit. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.0) and “Scandal” (1.5) each dipped 0.2 from their most recent episodes, and “The Catch” was down a tenth to 0.9. FOX’s “Bones” (0.8) and “American Grit” (0.7) each fell a tenth as well, as did “Game of Silence” (0.7) on NBC.

NBC’s “Strong” (0.8) and “The Blacklist” (1.3) and The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.7) and “The 100” (0.4) all held steady with last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.85 6.08 4.46 3.27 1.52


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.5/3, 1.5/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.4/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

: 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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