Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Not much to say about last night's numbers other than FOX is now in the post-"American Idol" era. Even at its mortal levels I think it will be missed.
A question about CBS Friday nights and how long it can be sustained. Those guys are pretty smart over there and have a simple formula for the night which is consistency at 10 with "Blue Bloods" while moving existing series from other nights into the 8-10PM hours (with "MacGyver" being a pre-sold property). It can go on forever.
When the MUST-SEE-TV era started in the early '90s we created a Friday night of "Unsolved Mysteries"/"Dateline"/"Homicide." We didn't touch it for several years. You want Friday to be a night that you don't have to think about too much.
Got a question about "Fresh Off the Boat's" ratings this Wednesday and did it show that it could make the move to lead off the night. First I think the show is operating on all cylinders this year. ABC has built a family comedy night here and as long as the other properties stay strong I think it can step in here if, for some reason, "Modern Family" does not return next year.
Finally I was asked how long the current game show cycle may last. The way the cycle has worked in the past is that younger (18-49) viewers catch on to one of these shows, but the pattern is for them to leave rather quickly and the audience gets very old very fast. The genre will fade out until the next shiny game show comes on the scene and then as we all know, imitation is the greatest form of television.
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Here is last night's schedule:
- "Total Divas" (L+1)
- "Gotham" (L+3)
- "NXT" (streaming on the WWE Network)
- "Star" (L+8) Masked Wife and I likely to get off the train on this one.
- "Lethal Weapon" (L+1)
- "Big Bang Theory" (L+SD)
If you never watched Clayne Crawford in "Rectify" or for that matter, never watched "Rectify," rectify that immediately.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

The numbers for Thursday feature a solid night for CBS’ comedies and steady ratings for an NBC finale:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.3/13 15.05
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) 1.3/5 3.91
The Good Place (NBC) (8-9 p.m.) – F 1.1/4 3.88
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.98
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.98
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.7/7 8.10
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.7/6 8.51
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/4 6.30
My Kitchen Rules (FOX) 0.9/3 2.47
Scandal (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.99
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.86
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.5/5 6.91
10 p.m. The Blacklist (NBC) 1.0/4 4.95
20/20 (ABC) 0.9/3 4.87
Pure Genius (CBS) 0.8/3 5.31


CBS led Thursday’s ratings on the strength of its comedy block. Although “The Big Bang Theory” (3.3 in adults 18-49) was down 0.3 from its last episode, the other shows all did fairly well. “Life in Pieces” scored a season-high 1.5, “Mom” tied its season best at 1.7 and “The Great Indoors” matched its second-best showing of the season with a 1.7.

The hour-long finale of “The Good Place” on NBC drew a 1.1, even with last week. “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “The Blacklist” (1.0) were also steady. “Hell’s Kitchen” rose a tenth to 1.3 on FOX, while “My Kitchen Rules” equaled the 0.9 for its premiere last week.

ABC aired reruns of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” to start the night, followed by a “20/20” special on the presidential inauguration, which earned a 0.9. The CW was also in reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.20 5.04 3.19 3.94 0.92


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“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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