Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, April 7, 2016

Note: The CW was pre-empted in Chicago for an NBA game, which could result in greater than usual adjustments.

The numbers for Thursday, which feature the end of “American Idol” on FOX, a fairly steady TGIT lineup on ABC and a down night for CBS:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.0/11 13.24
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – Series finale 3.0/10 12.94
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 7.30
Little Big Shots (NBC) – R 0.8/3 4.55
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/3 2.03
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) – P 1.6/5 7.82
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 1.7/6 5.90
Mom (CBS) 1.5/5 7.30
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.2/4 6.24
The 100 (The CW) 0.5/2 1.27
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.4/5 5.89
10 p.m. The Catch (ABC) 1.1/4 4.89
Rush Hour (CBS) 0.9/3 4.83
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.85


The finale of “American Idol” on FOX delivered solid ratings, tying its season high with a 3.0 in adults 18-49. Though that’s up nearly a full point from last week’s 2.1, the spike didn’t dramatically affect the other networks.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) was down a tenth from last week, but “Scandal” (1.7) was steady and “The Catch” (1.1) improved by a tenth. “The Blacklist” returned to NBC with a 1.2, off 0.1 from its last episode. “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.7) and “The 100” (0.5) were both even with last week’s fast nationals (“The 100” adjusted down to 0.4 in the finals), pending updates.

CBS had the biggest drops of the night. “The Big Bang Theory” fell half a point vs. last week to 3.0. “The Odd Couple” opened its second season with a 1.6, way down from its series premiere last year (3.1). “Mom” (1.5) and “2 Broke Girls” (1.4) also dipped, and “Rush Hour” slipped two tenths to a 0.9.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/10 1.6/5 1.6/5 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 12.94 6.03 7.32 4.88 1.65


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (delayed by Masters golf coverage): 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (delayed): 0.2/2, 0.8/3

: 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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