Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Feb. 4, 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 15.17
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.2/7 8.90
Madoff (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/3 6.66
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.9/3 3.56
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.33
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.3/7 9.44
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.01
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.5/5 6.47
The 100 (The CW) 0.6/2 1.59
9:30 p.m. Angel from Hell (CBS) 1.4/4 6.29
10 p.m. Madoff: After the Fall (ABC) 1.2/4 6.66
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 6.18
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.1/4 5.64


“The Big Bang Theory” was down slightly from its last original episode, but its 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 (-0.1) was still far and away Thursday’s best. “Life in Pieces” (2.3), meanwhile, had its second-best showing of the season, pending updates.

“Legends of Tomorrow” (0.9) fell two tenths from last week, but “The 100” (0.6) held steady for The CW. NBC had a down night across the board, with “You, Me and The Apocalypse” (0.9) falling three tenths, “Shades of Blue” (1.1) declining by two tenths and “The Blacklist” (1.5) off a tenth.

Part 2 of “Madoff” drew a 1.0 for ABC, down from the 1.2 for part 1 on Wednesday. “American Idol” was down one tenth from last week’s 2.3 with the reveal of its Top 24.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.2/7 1.9/6 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.90 8.54 5.22 6.66 1.96


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

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

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

: 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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