Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Note: Local pre-emptions for NFL preseason games on ABC, CBS and NBC will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Wall (NBC) 1.2/5 5.84
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.33
Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.8/4 2.52
Boy Band (ABC) 0.6/3 2.66
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.90
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 0.9/4 4.83
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 2.0/8 6.56
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update (NBC) 1.5/6 5.84
Battle of the Network Stars (ABC) 0.6/3 2.71
Love Connection (FOX) 0.6/3 2.33
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/2 1.59
9:30 p.m. Great News (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.14
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/2 1.58
10 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) 0.8/3 3.96
Zoo (CBS) 0.6/3 2.77
The Gong Show (ABC) 0.6/3 2.48


“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” put up pretty solid numbers in the second week of its summer run. The NBC show delivered a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, pending updates for a handful of pre-emptions for NFL preseason games. It will likely end up close to the 1.2 for last week’s finals.

Also on NBC, “The Wall” (1.2) and “The Night Shift” (0.8) are in line with last week’s early numbers and will likely adjust down a couple tenths of a point in the finals.

“Big Brother” remained Thursday’s No. 1 show with a 2.0, pending updates. “Zoo” was about average at 0.6 for CBS, again pending updates.

ABC had pre-emptions in a couple of smaller markets, but “Boy Band,” “Battle of the Network Stars” and “The Gong Show” (all 0.6) are in line with their season averages. “Beat Shazam” (0.8) and “Love Connection” (0.6) are each up a tenth vs. last week. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (0.4) are also up.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.97 4.76 2.43 2.62 1.74


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

: 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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