Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.7/13 14.95
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/7 7.77
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/7 8.12
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.8/3 2.26
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.6/2 2.56
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.1/7 9.47
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.67
Scandal (ABC) 1.7/5 6.06
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.3/4 5.92
The 100 (The CW) 0.5/2 1.37
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.5/5 6.38
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.4/5 4.84
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.1/4 5.30
Elementary (CBS) 1.0/4 5.88


Thursday night was down night pretty much all the way around, but ABC took the biggest hit.

“Scandal” (1.7) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4) each hit series lows in adults 18-49, both falling 0.4 from their winter debuts last week. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2) held up somewhat better but was also off 0.2.

There wasn’t much good news on the other networks either. “Life in Pieces” (2.1) and “Mom” (1.8) were even with last week’s numbers for CBS, but “The Big Bang Theory” (3.7) and “Elementary” (1.0) each slipped a tenth. The return of “2 Broke Girls” to Thursday posted a 1.5, a slight improvement over the canceled “Angel from Hell’s” last episode.

NBC’s “Shades of Blue” also held steady at 1.1, but “The Blacklist” (1.3) just missed tying its series low, and “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (0.6) continued to fade. “American Idol” dropped 0.1 to 2.0, and “Legends of Tomorrow” did the same to finish with a 0.8. “The 100” was even with last week’s finals at 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/7 1.9/6 1.8/6 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.12 8.54 6.22 4.59 1.81


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.0/5

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

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

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

: 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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